• Iran is considered as one of the cheapest countries in the Middle East, but take into consideration that unstable exchange rates and no access to international credit card such as Master Card may impose challenges and questions your plan to Iran.
• Regarding cash money, you can bring dollar, euro or currencies which are exchangeable in Iran. However, suggested currencies are Dollar and Euro those you can easily change to Iranian Rials. Iranian Rial (IRR, symbol Rls).
Nine different banknotes (1000,000, 500,000, 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5000, 2,000 and 1000 Rials) and four different coins (5000, 2000, 1000, 500) are used in Iran as follows:
• The import of foreign currency to Iran is unlimited, but needs to be declared on arrival. Keep in mind that the export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival.
Presently, credit cards like Visa and MasterCard do not work in Iran. So, it is strongly suggested to bring cash money. Fortunately the sanction relief has increased the possibility of Visa and Master card establishments in Iran. See :
MasterCard preparing to set foot in Iran
JCB Credit Cards to Debut in Iran
For change your money in an exchange shop rather than doing it with a street moneychanger.
• As Islamic and state regulations, some goods in Iran are strongly prohibited for instance alcoholic drinks, narcotics, any written, printed or recorded materials against the regulation or Islamic beliefs, gambling material and etc. Bringing of mentioned materials have consequences and sometimes severe penalties.
You can permit to export handicrafts (such as miniature, Gelims or carpet (not bigger than 3 square meters) unless they are not considered as archeology or antique like gems, coins, and handwritten manuscripts. To export musical instruments, you need permission from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.