Must-dos in traveling to Iran is what we are going to mention here in this article.
Visiting a foreign country needs some researches in advance. For example, for entering some countries you have to get some injections. But do not worry, traveling to Iran is not as much hard.
What to wear in Iran?
As a woman: keep it in mind to cover your hair and wear a long sleeve tonic which at least covers your back when you are traveling to Iran. Female tourists most of the time try traditional outfits which are not only meet the standards but also charming and unique.
Shawls and scarves are two options for women as a cover for their hair. Hats are not as common as scarves, however, they are a good option for cold seasons.
If you are a man who wants to travel to Iran, wear long-sleeve pants in the country. It is illegal for men to wear shorts outside. Some coastal cities are less strict about this law.
Make sure to take off your shoes before entering indoor places, especially in mosques you are not allowed to wear shoes inside.
What to drink in Iran?
Alcoholic drinks are illegal in Iran, which means you are not allowed to bring or drink alcohol here. Instead, enjoy various traditional herbal tea that is not only more healthy but also special.
If you are not into hot drinks try some herbal essences.
How to Commute around traveling to Iran?
Take a bus, taxi, plane or even train, but we do not recommend you to drive in Iran at all. Although international driver’s licenses are accepted in Iran the way that Iranians drive is completely unacceptable for tourists. They act differently from how your people do in your own country.
However, it is common among locals to use unofficial taxis, as a tourist it is not recommended to try it. Snapp and Tap30 are two applications that are legal and safe, by which you can share a taxi and the driver’s information is listed in the app in case you needed to follow up with any problems. The problem is just these apps are not working in some cities.
Transport in Iran is both affordable and easy, even if you don’t know the rout people will help you to choose the best way for your trip.
Is it ok to make friends with locals?
Iranians are very hospitable and it’s very easy to make friends among people in Iran. Just remember there are several codes of conduct that can help you not to get into trouble in communications in Iran.
1. Don’t shake hands with members of the opposite sex in public
It is normal not to shake hands with people of the opposite sex in Iran. However, if you are a man and a woman takes her hand to shake yours, it means she is ok with that and there won’t be any problems to shake hers.
2. Don’t hug your loved one in public
It is not common to hug, kiss or put your arm around your loved ones, but holding hands is OK.
3. Kissing a person with the same gender is OK!
Most Iranians giving a kiss on the chick as greeting. Sometimes you may find it 3 kisses in a raw. Don’t panic if you shook an Iranian friend’s hand and he pulled you to kiss your chick.
4. Take photos of people just with their permission
Especially among families with young children, it is necessary to ask parents if they are ok with taking photos. Otherwise, it is not a good idea to walk around and take pictures of people on the streets at all.
Most women, especially in small towns or villages, are not comfortable with taking photos. So make sure you got their agreement before any shooting.
5. Thumbs up is not a good sign among Iranians
However, most countries around the world know this sign as a good one, in Iran it isn’t a good message. Thank god because of media and social networks these days people get to used to it and there are fewer misunderstandings among this kind of communication.
6. Don’t talk politics in public
However it is common to talk to strangers in a taxi or public transportations, it is not a good idea to talk about politics. If you are not the one who started the topic it is better to be the listener rather than the one who gives an opinion.
7. It is rude to blow your nose in public
Do not blow your nose loudly especially in public. If you do it in some places such as a restaurant you may get a hint by someone around or even the manager to leave the place.
8. Don’t Dance in Public
However, it is legal to play music in public you cannot dance as a woman in Iran. Men can dance and folk dances are allowed in public. You may also see some group dancing such as Kurdish, Lori, and Turkish dancing in public. Join the group if they invited you.
Photoshooting from governmental places is not allowed
If you wanted to take a photo of a public place think twice and look around to make sure there is no sign of “No Camera”. If you were sure the place is not a governmental one and there is no sign, take your shot easily.
Try local food
Each part of the country has its own traditional food with a special recipe. Try them all, it worth to gain a few pounds. For example, you will never taste a dish like Dizi anywhere else around the world. If you are not into meat try Kashk-E-Badenjoon which is made of eggplant and whey. In Iran especially in the central parts of it, the main dish is meat but it is possible to ask for a portion of food without meat.
Read more about food in Iran.
Don’t take your credit card
International credit and debit cards are useless in Iran. The only thing that is not possible at all is paying with your credit card in Iran. Because there is no International banking system here. However, we solve this problem by providing an Iranian travel card by which tourists can pay in Iran like home.
In conclusion, Although Iran is much different from all other places in the world because of its people’s hospitality you would never feel bad about doing something that is not common there.