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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa and Passport of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
HQ Visa
Diplomatic Representations
List of Iranian embassies and consulates abroad
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Apart from the subway (only in Teheran), taxi is the most practical means to move in the big cities. Taxis can be hailed directly in the street or an agency can be contacted.
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
UT Library on line
Mapblast

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Tehran - Khomeini Intl (IKA) 39 km / 24 miles IRR 100 000-USD 12 / 90 min - - -
Tehran - Mehrabad Intl (THR) 8 km / 5 miles IRR 45000 / 20-30 min IRR 500 / 45 min - Available
Mashhad (MHD) 5 km / 3 miles IRR 10 000 - - -

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Iranians are in general very accessible. Customs must be respected (courtesy, etc).
Rail Companies
Iran Railways
Iran Railways (Unofficial website in English)

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Iran Air National domestic flights Yes
Iran Aseman Major domestic flights
Kish Air Major domestic flights Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
Road conditions are good. Highway network is relatively developed, in particular in the urban and suburban environment. Fuel supply is very cheap and regular. The diesel, for lorries exclusively, cannot be found for cars in city, only in province. In all the cases, considering the dangerous driving method in Iran, it is strongly recommended for a foreigner to take training before beginning to drive.
Road Maps
Routes map in Iran
Find an Itinerary

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
- Tehran: Park Mellat, the Bagh-e-Melli Door which used to be a part of the royal residence.
- Isfahan: the Chehd Sotoon palace, the Si-o-Sh Pol Bridge with its 33 arches, Talar's palace
- Ashraf: religious places such as Masjed-e-Dashti.
- Mashhad: Khaje Rabi's mausoleum.

Persepolis was a capital of the "Achaemenid Persian empire". The site is located in the plain of Marvdasht, at the foot of the Kuh-e Rahmat mountain, approximately 70 km the North-East of the town of Shiraz, province of Fars Iran.

Naqsh-e Rostam is an archaeological site located at approximately 5 km in the North-West of Persépolis, in the province of Fars en Iran. This place is called Næqš-e Rostæm "the portrait of Rostam" because Persians thought that the under the tombs represented Rostam, a mythical Persian hero. Naqsh-e Rustam contains four royal achaemenids tombs rupestral and carrying three registers of low-reliefs. One of those, according to the inscriptions on it, would be the tomb of Darius Ist.

Cultural
Mashad: Tomb of Ferdowsi at Tus,

Tehran: Carpet museum of Iran

Isfahan: the royal palace Ali Qapu, Hasht-Behesht (The palace of 8 paradises), Chehel Sotoun, the big bazaar, the Armenian museum

Shiraz (tomb of Hafez),

The towns of Yazd, Hamedan, Rasht, Babol, Tabriz

Nature
Deserts (Dasht-e Kavir , Dasht-e Lut ), Mountains (Zagros, etc.)
Religious
Mosque of Imam Réza in Mashad.

Mosque of Imam at Isfahan

Mosque of Jameh at Isfahan

Thermal
Ardebil, Laridjan, Mahalat
Beach
In the north of Iran or in the Kish circle
Winter Sports
There are well equipped ski stations close to Tehran: Dizin, Shemshak
Outdoor Activities
Water skiing, golf, tennis
Shopping
Bazaars in big cities
Tourism Organizations
Office of Iran tourism

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
A certificate of vaccination against the yellow fever is required from travelers coming from infected areas. The risk of Malaria exists from March till end November in the provinces of Hormozgan, Kerman (tropical area) and Sistan-Baluchistan. There is a limited risk in certain areas in the north of Zagros and in the west and south-west areas during the summer months. Resistance of P, falciparum to chloroquine indicated. Disease prevention recommended in the risk areas: CHL; in south-east, C+P.
 

Emergency Numbers

police 110
firemen 125
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Teheran (GMT+3:30 during winter, GMT+4:30 during summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to September
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The climate is of continental type. Moreover, there are great disparities between the regions: temperatures are relatively high along the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, temperatures are moderate and the climate is arid in the center of the country, mountainous regions are cold.
For Further Information
Site of information on climate in Iran
Site of information on climate in Iran
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Ghormeh sabzi (lamb stew with herbs)

Dolmeh-e Beh - Quinces stuffed with lamb. The stuffed quince is served with bread, yoghurt and fresh herbs.
Shirin Polo: saffron rice, chicken, orange peel and pistachios.
Kabab-e kubideh: chopped meat kebab. Traditionally, lamb was the main ingredient to make these kebabs; nowadays, chopped veal or, even beef, are often used. The secret lies in the delicacy of the mince so that the meat can stick to the kebab.
Koukou-sâbzi: Cheese-topped dish of herbs.
Baklava - a nut pastry: It is a rich cake that can also be found in Greece, Turkey and in all the countries of the Middle East. The origin does not matter very much, since the basic technique is the same. The sugar can be replaced by honey; nuts, almonds or a mixture of both ingredients can be used; pistachios can be added; water of the orange tree flower or rose flower can be added to the syrup.

Drinks
Dugh: drink containing salted milk, moho shahid: beer without alcohol, cherry tea
Dietary Restrictions
Pork is prohibited as well as alcohol

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Iran Rial
ISO Code
IRR
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Visiting an exchange agency or a bank should be sufficient. One must be wary of people who transact in the street.
Possible Means of Payment
The most widespread method of payment is by cash. Bank cards are accepted in department stores in the big cities.

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Speaking

Official Language
Persian, also called Farsi, is understood by 83% of the population.
Other Languages Spoken
Iran contains several minority groups which speak dialects related to Farsi. These dialects are practically in the process of extinction. Also let us note that the borders of Iran have been inhabited by many common ethnic minorities with the neighboring states. Among the important minority linguistic groups, the Azeris (20%) and Luris (6.6%) in the North, the Kurds (9%) in the West, the Arabs (2.1%) in South-West, Turkmen (1.5%) in the North-East, Baluchis (1.3%) in the South-East deserve a mention.
Business Language
English
Getting Some Knowledge
Persian is an Indo-European language. It is very easy to learn to speak Persian because the sounds of this language are very familiar to the Europeans (the only difficulty is the rolled r in Spanish). Father is known as b âb â, brother is called barodar, sister is known as khohar. Persian uses the Arabic alphabet. Learning to read and write is not difficult but requires time…
Free Translation Tools
FarsiDic : English-Farsi dictionary.
Ectaco : Farsi-English dictionary.

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Deltahome.ir
IRXP real estate

To Find a Job
AgahJobs online recruitment agency

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