Are there “moral police” in Iran who roam around checking the relationship status of traveling pairs? Would you get into trouble if you travel to Iran as an unmarried couple? Curious about the facts? Read on!
Are we allowed to get our Iran visa? Even if we are not married?
When you are applying for your visa to visit Iran, you must tick the box that indicates your marital status. You will be asked if you are single, married, or divorced. Don’t worry, if you check the box that says you are single and not legally married to your traveling partner, you can still get your visa without any problems.
How do Iranian people react to unmarried couples?
Seeing Iranian couples who hold hands in public places is a usual scene in Iran, however, it is rare to see displays of affection. This means even married couples do not kiss, hug or put an arm around each other in public places.
It hardly ever happens to be asked about your relationship. Do not get me wrong, if an Iranian friend or a person who wanted to know you better in a good way it is normal to hear the questions like Are you married? Do you love each other? etc. They ask you to make friends not to put a limitation on your traveling to Iran. The Iranian young adults’ lifestyle in big cities, such as Tehran and Shiraz, is not very different from western countries. Although some parents do not believe in unmarried relationships they accepted the differences in western families’ cultures. So I can say that do not worry about Iranian locals’ reaction to your marital status and relationship at all.
Do we have to be married if we want to share a room at a hotel in Iran?
You may find it awkward that there is a law for hotels and accommodation providers that require them to check the marital status of their guests, and if the couple is not married they can’t be given a room together. What about tourists who are not Iranian or Muslim? Are they included in this rule? The good news is that you are exempt from this rule. If you are traveling to Iran with your partner and you are not married, you can stay in the same room with them.
At Iranian hotels, the reception staff will not ask you if you are married or not. If you are asked about this, keep calm and just say what makes you feel comfortable. No one will ask you for proof such as a marriage certificate or check your hand for a wedding ring.. A foreign unmarried couple is allowed to stay in a hotel in Iran.
However, keep in mind that if your partner is Iranian, you are not allowed to stay in a room at a hotel unless you are married. In the worst-case scenario, you may be asked for certification even if you are not Muslim or Iranian, you can easily get one engagement certification and guarantee your joy in traveling in Iran.
Do we have to seat separated in public transportation in Iran?
In city buses, women and men have to sit separately, especially during rush the hour. But when the bus is half empty and there are seats in the men’s section, it is okay to join your partner there. That said, women do not like a man to enter the women’s section of the bus. But if you accidentally sit there and no one objects, you’ll be fine. In other words, if someone finds it offensive, they will let you know.
What does the “Women Only” sign?
On city trains and buses, you will see the “Women Only” sign. This simply indicates seating that is reserved for women, and men are not allowed to occupy these places. There will be two cars on trains, and half of each city bus with this designation. However, you can sit together in other cars of the train as a couple. Buses that travel between cities have no such regulations. Couples can book their seats on the bus, train, and plane, wherever they choose!.
Can Muslim unmarried couples travel in Iran?
Without a doubt yes. Generally, you won’t be asked about your marital status while traveling in Iran, even if you are Muslim. As long as you are a foreigner and a tourist without an Iranian partner, it is unheard of to have problems in Iran.
Can police arrest an unmarried couple in Iran?
Iran is very conservative when it comes to showing public affection. Go ahead and hold hands if the mood hits you, but keep the mood cool. Anything more than this may get you into trouble. You won’t get arrested but you may very well get a warning from the police. It is very unlikely that you will be given a hard time by police officers in Iran, but that said, don’t provoke. Most of them will be happy to help you and advise you about how to have a good experience in Iran.
How much does traveling to Iran cost for a couple?
There are definitely benefits to traveling with your partner in Iran. Aside from the obvious of sharing such a great experience with one of the most important people in your life, you can save money by sharing a room, food, and some transportation costs. So now that you are in the know about traveling with your partner as an unmarried couple, read our blog post, DaricPay Iran Travel Card and learn the smart way to deal with your money while in Iran.