Tips about IRAN

• 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.

Note!
• 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.

Women in Iran

Women Safety In Iran

Iran is a safe country and many women travel to Iran alone without facing any issues.
Although women can expect to be stared at whilst walking along the street, the stares are more often out of interest rather than aggression or anger. Many women report that ignoring the staring is effective; however offering a smile will reap more rewards!
In major cities of Iran, there is a Tourist Police Station in touristic places which provide travelers with information and security. People are also accustomed to see individual women travelers and they are warmly welcomed by locals and families.
However, all tourists travelling either individually or in groups, should consider that there are general precautions to be taken all around the world and Iran is not an exception.
Women Clothing In Iran
You can choose your clothes using different forms and colors. According to the Islamic rules, women must cover all parts of their body (and hair) except face and hands. Religious women in Iran prefer to wear chador which is a black gown covering from top to the toe. Most of women prefer to wear a manteau which can be long, short, tight, loose and in different colors. Although they must not be too short or too tight. For example, 10 cm above the knee is an acceptable length for a manteau. The scarf or the Shawl canalso be colorful. In fact, women’s clothing has great variety in form and color in Iran. Many girls might prefer to wear black because it is more formal, especially at work. Foreignwomen must also cover their hair with a scarf or a shawl and they can wear rather long and loose blouses with long sleeves. They must wear trousers or loose skirts that cover the body to the ankles. However, Iranian girls usually prefer wearing jeans. As footwear, you can wear any kind of boots, shoes and sandals.

People

The basic positive features of the Iranian character are prudence, sensitiveness, hospitality, and willingness to help. In Iranian tradition, residents of each particular town are also endowed with a peculiar characteristic feature. Most often, these features scarcely reveal the genuine character of the town’s dwellers, and are only a subject for jokes and ridicule. The inhabitants of Shiraz are, for example, credited with love for social gatherings and for having fun at the expense of all and also Yazdi people are famous of their warm hospitality and hard working.

Shopping

Tehran is the home to all modern shopping centers and commodities. Yet, it is recommended to get souvenirs from whatever city you visit on Pre-tour and Post-tour. There are some malls in which you can experience a taste of Iran- handicrafts from all around Iran- and purchase the appealing souvenirs. For instance, there some carpet stores on Ferdowsi street; some handicrafts stores on Villa st., some shopping centers and designer clothes uptown in Velenjak, Africa Blvd and Farmaniyeh. It would be best to make up your mind as what you are looking for given that there is too much to explore. There some guide books on Iran which help you get what you want.

Bear in mind that, Iran is famous for its carpet, Saffron, Termeh, and a plethora of other handicrafts including fabrics, pottery, gemstones, metal works, and so forth.

Dress Code

Iran is a country with a dress code and respecting Islamic rules including “Hijab” or theIslamic dress-code is a necessity in Iran. However such rules are not observed strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners.
Basically, the rules are quite simple: for men, no short pants or extreme short sleeve and tight shirts. For women, head and hair must be covered, and it is also necessary to wear something loose to cover the body.
Chador Female-travelers-in-Iran
What to wear then?
Most people are shocked by the way people dressin Iran once they arrive, as the reality is far from the stereotypes. Iranian women are typically stylish and take great care in their appearance. It is not uncommon to see hair exposed under very small loose fitting scarves. Many Iranian women wear jeans or related clothes with a loose fitting long sleeve top which covers them down to the mid thigh area. It is also common to see makeup and varnished nails.
Yes, Iran is a country with dress code. However, very few people know that the typical stereotype of all Iranian women being forced to wear black chadors whilst in public is completely false.
Currently in Iran, the Islamic dress code is still observed all over the country. The code calls for women to cover their hair, necks and arms. Modern women in Iran today, wear a “manteau” or overcoat, similar to a uniform. The overcoats have long sleeves and usually come below the knee, and a scarf or shawl is used to cover the hair.This can be worn by folding the two opposite corners of a scarf to get a triangle and tying the scarf around your head. Trousers or dark stockings are worn under the overcoat.
Iran-Dress-Code Manteau
For men, generally, shorts, T-shirts and ties are not worn in public. You will find many Iranians who dress in avery Western stylefor private functions and events. Therefore the fashions really depend upon the destination and purpose of your trip. When dealing with government agencies, schools, embassies, and the like, obeying the rules is highly recommended.
Chador
So what is a chador? The chador is a form of dress, worn by some individuals in Iran, which consists of a full length semi-circle of fabric. Women are required to hold the material together with their hands or teeth as the garment typically does not contain any fasteners. Iranian women typically cover their bodies in full below the chador with loose fitting clothing / dress. The cover extends to a scarf or ‘Hijab’ which is worn to cover their hair.
Dress-Code-in-Iran
Tips:
Here are a few tips to specify and describe thedress code in Iran:
Gentlemen
! Shorts are not acceptable in public. 
Wearing ties or bows and T-shirts is all right.
Ladies! You don’t have to worry about maintaining your hijab all the time. Normally the maximum penalty for disregarding the Hijab rule is a simple request (usually in a kind way) by police or authorities to make it correct. There are some minimum requirements for female traveler’s dress-code in public places:
Color: It’s only a rumor that wearing must be dark in Iran. There is no limitation in this case and we recommend you use light colorsespecially in summer.
Head: Although hair must be covered but it does not mean you should have a tight scarf around your head. It’s quite acceptable for women to let some of their hair fall freely. You can also use appropriate hats & caps as well as scarves. The scarf is the most common covering for head and it’s called “Roosari” in Persian.
Body: Body and arms should be covered by loose clothes called aManteau which is similar to a light overcoat.
Legs & feet: Legs should be covered down to ankles. Tight jeans are no problem and you can wear sandals with bare feet.
Tip1: In winter time, apart from covering the head, the rest is the same as what you wear in your home country.
Tip2: Its best to enter Iran with a coat and a scarf and thenselect your ownstyle by watching the Iranian women in the streets.
Tip3: In some holy shrines you need to have a Chador to enter and it will be given to you in the entrance.
Tip4: In international flights to Iran, you need to respect the dress code rule as soon as the plane enters Iranian air space. Watching the flight attendants will give you a good idea of when you are required to put on your scarf and manteau.

Food & Beverage

Foods are interesting individually and when they are served with the appropriate drink, they are more delicious. Stunning variety of culinary makes it possible for everyone to choose the right food according to taste.

Iranian foods are different from the North to the South even you can taste different kind of fishes with various savor which is shown that Caspian Sea in the North and Persian Gulf in the South have completely different ecosystems.

Iranian main courses are comprised with rice. As a lunch or as a dinner, rice with other foodstuffs is the most important Iranian course. In every small and big restaurants, at all small and major cities, a plate of rice is served with your request.

Kebabs are on the list of every tourist who wants to visit Iran. Different kinds of Kebabs cook in various part of the country. Bakhtiari Kebab, Chenjeh Kebab, Bonab Kebab and Loghmeh Kebab are among the most delicious ones. If you are lucky enough, you can eat each of them in its original city.

Next amazing Iranian food is stew. Colorful stews are categorized into a wide range and mostly are served with rice. You can have the best of them at Qazvin, Yazd and Tehran.

It is common to eat Dizi on holidays in Iran when all members of family gather together and enjoy a healthy delicious food. Dizi usually serves with onion, Sangak bread (a kind of bread which is baked traditionally only in Iran), fresh vegetable and pickles. In every city you can enjoy the best Dizi. Do not miss it.

These are the main traditional dishes of Iran which are mostly served with Doogh (mix of yogurt, water and mint) as a local beverage. This traditional drink can be served as a healthy beverage with meals. Whenever Dizi is served, Doogh is counted as an inseparable beverage.

Aromatic group of beverage are distilled liquids which have medicinal and therapeutic properties.

Iranian desserts are noticeable too. Shole Zard (mix of rice, Saffron and sugar), Baghlava Yazdi (kind of traditional sweet), Shir Berenj (mix of rice and milk) and traditional ice-creams like Faloode and Saffron ice-cream are on the top of the list.

It is good to mention that alcoholic drinks and any kind of wine and beer is forbidden in Iran and according to the Islamic rules, no bacon, ham, smoked pork are served in restaurants. So, do not look for any of them, instead enjoy an Iranian one! Keep in touch with us, to read more about traditional dishes in each city.

IRANIAN HANDICRAFTS, SOUVENIRS & CLOTHES

There are so many types of souvenir ideas in Iran, as a vast country, as it offers multitudes of gift ideas to tourists. When you are traveling to Iran do not miss the chance to strolling through winding bazaars and buy a piece of Iranian art as a souvenir.

The handicrafts, among various types of Iranian arts, reflect the ancient history and national identity of Iran. Iranian handicrafts have both aesthetic and practical dimensions. The variety of Iranian handicrafts makes every tourist to buy a valuable handmade product from each corner of Iran.

The first and the most important handicraft of Iran that you can buy with different pattern from mostly everywhere are carpets. The variety of patterns is rooted in distinct art of carpet weaving in different parts of Iran. This art has been changed from rural products into an advanced industry. Herati, Paisley motif, Lachack & Toranj and special nomadic designs are among the famous patterns. You can find other similar handicrafts like Klim, Rug, Jajim and Gabbeh in most old bazaars of Iran. Traditional printing, clay and handmade dishes, miniatures, enamel and glazed potteries and textile production besides Termeh, the soft woolen fabric, copper and brass utensils can be offered as the souvenirs. Surely, you can find the appropriate handicraft according to your taste.

Alongside handicrafts, Nuts are the other souvenirs on the top. Hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds and especially pistachio are among favorites. Local sweets and cookies in various cities are acceptable by every traveler who admires sweet souvenirs.

Traditional clothes are other attractions in Iran that are interesting for everyone. Colourful clothes with local designs are worn mostly by villagers. Common clothes of women are long skirts, scarves and bright blouse and men usually wear trousers with long-sleeved shirt. There are places in most of villages that you can try these clothes and take photos. You can also buy the appropriate clothes for yourself.