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Iran Travel FAQs

Many questions may be in your mind before traveling to Iran. So Hi, Deh! decided to answer Iran Travel FAQs.

Do I need a visa to travel to Iran?

Iran Travel FAQs: Most foreign visitors require a visa to enter Iran. Please be aware that this can be a frustrating and stressful process, and can take from 6-8 weeks. You will need to allow sufficient time for this and plan any other travel around your Iran trip accordingly. The cost of a visa also varies depending on your nationality, and also changes regularly, making it hard for us to advise of the actual cost. But you should plan for it to cost somewhere around 100-180EUR depending if you get a visa before departure or on arrival.

Iranian visas are issued in a two-step process and this will differ according to your nationality.

  • Authorization code for your visa must be issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • A visa for your passport must then be obtained at an Iranian Embassy once the authorization code has been issued, or on arrival (depending on your nationality).

If you are traveling with UK, USA or Canadian passport please be aware that your visa process can take longer due to government regulations. Please check that you will have sufficient time to obtain a visa before departure.

Follow the link below and select your nationality in the drop-down list to access detailed visa information relevant to you. When your trips have been confirmed you can then proceed to the online visa authorization code application. Read more on Iran Visa FAQs.

What is internet access like in Iran?

Iran Travel FAQs: You’ll be able to access the internet in Iran’s cities via WiFi, with many major hotels or guest houses and also, cafes having internet access. 3G,4G and also LTE is supported on your smartphone if you buy Iran SIM cards.  Expect little to no access in rural and remote areas and some routes. currently domestic flights, buses and, railroad system not supporting WiFi but if you are lucky your smartphone will access the internet. read more about SIM card types on tips for tourists.

Can I use my smartphone while in Iran?

Iran Travel FAQs: Smartphones from other parts of the world only work for one month and after that, you need to register your phone. Your SIM card operator may not accessible in Iran or may charge you Roaming. It’s possible to buy a low-cost prepaid SIM card supporting LTE or 3G/4G depending on your device and also network support. in most of Iran’s large cities.

What are the toilets like in Iran?

Iran Travel FAQs: Squat toilets are the most common variety in Iran, although flushable western-style toilets can be found in some tourist areas, hotels and guesthouse even in some rural area of Iran. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren’t always provided in some public toilets especially during your road trip.

What will it cost for a…?

Iran Travel FAQs: Iran is a relatively cheap place to visit when you eat, shop, and travel like a local. Here’s what you can roughly expect to pay for a:

Basic Lunch = 3USD
Cup of coffee = 1USD to 2USD
Short taxi ride = 2USD

Can I drink the water in Iran?

Iran Travel FAQs: Tap water is considered safe to drink but due to the high mineral content in some cities of Iran, visitors should avoid drinking tap water which can cause stomach upsets but all of locals and Iranians drink and use for daily cooking.

Mains water is normally chlorinated, and whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Iran?

Travelers can’t use international debit or credit cards, or travelers’ cheques while in Iran due to the U.S sanctions. This means you cant use ATM machines, POS devices and also, online internet payments and transactions are unavailable. Some tourist-orientated shops (especially carpet shops) accept credit cards for purchases over 5000-10000$ but you have to inform your origin bank in your country to not blocking money transfer; otherwise, cash is the main method of trade in Iran for foreign tourists. US dollars, Euros, Australian Dollars, and British Pound are acceptable at Iranian banks and money-changers. You can read more on Iranian Debit Card and Crypto Accepted.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling in Iran?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling to Iran are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. There may some insurance company available in your country but make sure they are responsible in Iran. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. At your insurance in IKA airport, it is mandatory to purchase travel insurance a local insurance.

What are public holiday celebrations in Iran?

  • 10 Feb Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
  • Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah
  • 19 Mar Oil Nationalisation Day
  • 21 Mar Noruz (Iranian New Year)
  • 22 Mar Noruz
  • 23 Mar Noruz
  • 24 Mar Noruz
  • 1 Apr Islamic Republic Day
  • 2 Apr Sizdehbedar (Nature Day)
  • Imam Ali’s Birthday
  • The Prophet’s Ascension
  • Imam Mahdi’s Birthday
  • 4 Jun Demise of Imam Khomeini
  • 5 Jun Khordad National Uprising (1963)
  • Martyrdom of Imam Ali
  • Eid Al-Fitr
  • Eid Al-Fitr
  • Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
  • Eid Al-Adha
  • Eid Al-Ghadir
  • Tassoua
  • Ashura
  • Arbaeen
  • Martyrdom of Imam Reza
  • Birthday of Muhammad

Some dates are not mentioned due to its lunar date is changing year by year. Official calendar type in Iran is Hijri Shamsi which is base on the movement of the earth around the sun. You can check the holidays on

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