Islamic Republic of Iran, a country in Western Asia / Middle East.

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Iran changes to foreign bank cards/online hotel reservations after sanctions lifted?

There are a couple of things that make travelling to Iran a bit harder. I was wondering if the following now has changed because of the end of sanctions: using bank cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) ...
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Is pre-revolutionary artwork uncensored in Iranian museums?

I came across a tweet today saying It isn't only in Rome Museum that nude statues threaten Islam. Tehran's Iran Bastan Museum has nude statue of Anahita, pre-Islamic goddess. Is artwork ...
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Safe overland route from Turkey to India using public transportation?

I know there is very similar question, however it was in 2011 and many things have changed since then. Now is 2016. I'm interested in public transportation overland (buses, trains), least - oversea, ...
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Consequences of travelling to Iran

As a Sri Lankan, I have visa-free entry for Iran. I want to travel there in the summer, but if I do, would the visit be stamped in my passport, and if so would this affect my applying for visas in ...
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Does Kish Island allow Israelis?

Today I found out about Kish Island, which has different visa policies to mainland Iran. Do these differences extend to allowing Israelis, who aren't otherwise allowed into Iran?
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Is it rude to pay tips in Iran?

One of my friends, asked me if he could tip the waiter after we had a delicious Kebab :) for dinner, and I was just puzzled since I didn't know the answer. It's totally rare and not common at all to ...
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Visiting USA as a German with Iranian parents

I've been invited by a company to a release event of a new game next month in the USA which I'd like to go there. I was born in Germany, have the German citizenship and a German passport (just ...
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Reference number of invitation before booking a flight to iran

We (2 Germans) are about to visit Iran in February and want to cross the border coming from Armenia. We don't have a reference number yet. This reference number is needed for getting a visa. You can ...
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Do United States green card holders need a visa to re-enter the US from Iran?

I am a US citizen but my wife is an Iranian citizen with US permanent resident status, which she obtained through our marriage. We were planning to travel to Iran to visit my in-laws. However, we are ...
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How can I find free camping locations in Iran

I'm going to travel to Iran and I want to find out about places where I can pitch a camp for free. I believe Many state-parks offer very cheap (often < $10) camp sites, but I'm wondering how I ...
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Is it possible to purchase Iranian Rial in China?

A friend of mine in China is looking for a place to buy Iraian Rial (IRR). I know that in the west Iran is financially blockaded so presume that this is one of the currencies that is not dealt with ...
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What facility was our bus blocked from observing in northern Iran?

Recently on a bus trip from Rasht, Iran, to Tehran, Iran, the driver's assistant came down the bus aisle, ordering all the curtains closed on one side, and for a few minutes we were actually forbidden ...
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Visa on Arrival for Iran

I am planning to visit the Iran for 13 days and want to make the visa on arrival (eligible country). Does anyone have recent experience regarding VoA, and/or does know which documentation is ...
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Direct transfer by taxi from Mashhad to Bajgiran

How can we reserve 2 taxis or a mini bus for 8 senior persons with luggage from Mashhad train station to Bajgiran.?
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Explanation for apparent fires visible from plane over Iran

On 29 August 2014, I was on flight EK038 to Dubai. When the plane was passing over a mountainous region of Iran at cruising altitude (on the early morning of the 30th), I looked out the window and ...
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Trains in Armenia and Iran

Are there good train connections from Yerevan, Armenia to Tehran, Iran? What is the price?
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Are there any hostels in Iran?

Throughout Europe and the major cities in the Caucasus it is pretty easy to find Hostels/Backpackers. These are great places to relax and meet other travellers, a home away from home, to use the ...
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Can you get a USA visa and enter the country if you already have an Iranian visa in your passport [duplicate]

I am a Serbian national, living in the Netherlands. I traveled to Iran for business once and thus have an Iranian visa in my passport. I will likely need to travel to USA for work as well. Will the ...
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Where is the official Iranian Railways website?

This sounds odd, but my friend and I are struggling to find the official site for Iranian Railways. Any google search we do takes us to: IranRail.net Which describes itself as the "UNOFFICIAL ...
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Where can I rent a suit for a wedding in Tehran, Iran?

I hope to attend a wedding in July there, and I will be travelling for a few weeks beforehand and don't want to lug a suit around, I'd like to rent one while in the city. However, my google skills ...
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What can I do one day in Tehran? [closed]

A group of tourists are going to have a full day staying Tehran, What can day do in that one day? How can they enjoy that day in Tehran?
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Are there accommodation embargoes for booking in Iran?

I've had trouble in the past looking for flights to Cuba since the US seems to restrict sales of flights there. I'm likely going to Iran later this year, but while flights seem readily accessible, my ...
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What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?

According to Wikitravel, the thumbs up gesture is extremely offensive in Iran. However, it's generally what you use when indicating you wish to hitch a ride in many other countries. The thumbs up ...
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Is it currently possible to travel directly between the different parts of “Kurdistan” which lie within different countries?

Kurdistan is an ethno-cultural region within parts of several connected countries. It's basically the part of the world where the Kurds come from, but is not a country or nation. The parts are mainly ...
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Is a male guardian required for women skiing in Iran?

NY Mag's article Vogue Left Out a Few Things About Skiing in Iran claims that women need a male guardian to go skiing, citing a 2011 Washington Post article. (The Islamic term for this is mahram) The ...
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Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?

I'm hoping to travel to Iran in the next six months and I'm aware that it's difficult to access "western" banks via ATM networks, bank transfer, etc. But do the sanction even apply to countries that ...
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Travelling to Iran as a German [duplicate]

I'm planning to visit Iran in a couple of months and therefore wonder, what the usual visa processing time is... As already mentioned, I'm German and when skimming through some stuff on the embassy ...
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Is Iran safe to visit? [duplicate]

Is Iran safe to visit? Since Iraq shares its border with Iran, are there any signs or news of penetration of ISIS or ISIL or IS whatever you call them, inside Iran? Is it politically stable? And also, ...
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Which are safe and unsafe regions in Iran?

Now there's a lot of propaganda in the west that leads us to believe Iran is dangerous and travellers shouldn't go there. Obviously there are major political disagreements between several governments ...
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Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?

On my upcoming trip I'll be starting in Asia and would love to travel overland to Europe, especially via Iran. Usually I'm not scared or intimidated by "dangerous" destinations. China is a breeze and ...
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UK to Iran by car - insurance question

My husband and I are Australians who want to buy a car in the UK and drive it to Iran through Europe (incl. Eastern Europe), Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan etc. We want to leave ASAP once we have the ...
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How to take money to Iran?

A friend in Australia is on a trip to Iran soon, and has the problem that she can't get local currency in advance. Is there any way to do this before hitting the country, or is it perfectly ...
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How to get from Mashhad to Ashgabat?

To get from Iran to Uzbekistan, one has to pass through Turkmenistan. Even though the most direct route is going east from Mashhad and then north via Mary, I like to visit the Turkmenistatn capital ...
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Is there public transportation from Central Shiraz to Persepolis?

I know there are many tours and everybody in town with a car is willing to drive you there, but I would rather take public transport. Does anybody know whether this is possible and how to do it? Of ...
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How to get a Turkmen transit visa in Iran?

I'm in Iran and like to travel through Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan for which I already have a visa. I've heard about three different ways to get the five day Turkmen Transit visa: apply for and ...
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If the Ankara-Tehran train is full, is it worth showing up at the platform hoping for cancellations?

The train from Ankara to Tehran runs once a week. I was unable to get a ticket from outside Turkey and it seems it is fully booked for weeks. What are the chances that a place in the sleeping cars ...
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Are traveler's cheque widely accepted in Iran?

Due to the current US embargo in Iran, credit/debt cards using Visa/Mastercard circuit don't work there. One option in order not to bring large amount of cash in Iran would be to buy traveler's cheque ...
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Iran visa after having visited Israel

I'm considering going to Iran this summer so I'm reading the wikivoyage article which states Entry will be refused to citizens of Israel and foreign travellers with any evidence of visiting ...
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Laptop/mobile device in countries with Sharia

I'm traveling to Iran and i need to bring my laptop. For western standards I do not have anything illegal on my hard drive but since I'm not familiar with the Sharia I'm a little bit paranoid. Is ...
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British Sunni Muslim visiting Iran with family

I'm a British Sunni Muslim considering a visit to Iran with my wife and 2 year old daughter. Some online research suggested, sunni muslims in Iran are persecuted quite badly, do any sunni muslims ...
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How to find budget accommodation in Iran?

I usually stay in hostels or guest houses when travelling, it is much easier to meet people than in hotels and usually cheaper too. Coming up is a trip through Iran and the usual suspects like ...
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Is there another way to cross the Iran-Pakistan border overland? i.e. not going via Zahedan/Quetta?

It would be ideal to cross the border further down by the coast and away from the specifically dangerous areas near the Afghan border.
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Is it possible to drink alcoholic beverages at Iranian ski resorts?

In Places you never knew you could ski, it's implied that you can't drink alcoholic beverages at Iranian ski resorts: Visit Tehran in winter and salivate over the Alborz mountain range that ...
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Getting a US visa with an Iranian stamp?

I am a seafarer (marine engineer) and I have to often visit different countries. This time I received my sign-off from Iran and they stamped my passport. Would this cause a problem for getting a US ...
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Protocol for American traveling in Iran with Canadian passport?

As cited in How to get a visa for Iran, Americans getting a visa to travel to Iran must follow this procedure: At present the Iranian Foreign Ministry does not allow American passport holders to ...
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Can I swim in Iran with my girlfriend in bikini in the Caspian Sea?

Is it possible if she is not Iranian to swim in her swimsuit or bikini in the sea? She is not from Iran, she is European as me. Is there some "police" that watches how people dress on the beach?
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What land routes can I choose to get to Tajikistan from Iran, passing through Afghanistan?

My general plan is to take a shared taxi from the Iran-Afghanistan border, then pass through Afghanistan to get to Tajikistan. Which routes do you suggest to see the most cities and places in the ...
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Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?

This, to me strange, topic has come up a few times lately, usually about Iran not being a middle eastern country. In fact it just came up in the chat room but pretty regularly when chatting to people ...
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What to use instead of credit cards in Iran?

I've read that it's not possible to pay for stuff by international credit card like debit cards. What do you recommend to do in such a situation? As far as carrying a lot of money is not safe at all.
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Travelling from Germany to Iran

Travelling from Germany to Iran, I'm looking for the cheapest but comfortable way. One idea is to travel to Turkey then going to Iran form there. There are many flights with reasonable price for ...