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

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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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Breast feeding in Iran

We are considering a trip to Iran with a 5-month old. What is the local attitude to breast-feeding in public places? Is it legal? Are there any severe consequences? Do you need to use some special ...
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What headwear are women legally required to wear in Iran?

In Air France cabin crew angered by ruling to wear headscarves in Tehran, it's stated by Air France that women, even people who are presumably non-Iranian and non-Muslim, are required to wear a ...
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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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Will an Iranian or Kuwaiti visa or stamp in my passport pose a problem on a future visit to Israel?

In this question I learned that entering Kuwait with an Israeli stamp in your passport will be a problem. (Less surprising was that Iran doesn't like them either). Later during my current trip I am ...
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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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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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Attire in Iran for male travelers

Are there any attire requirements for male travelers in Iran? There are many reports and advises that women should dress conservatively and we have a related question about headwear for women. But ...
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What is the safest way to travel from Tehran to North-Pakistan?

What is the safest way to go from Tehran to Hunza (North Pakistan)? Travelling mainly by bus and local transportation wherever possible. Note: I am aware it will not be 100% safe anyway.
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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How to get a visa for Iran

Most Westerners do not only need a visa to visit Iran, they first need a "Letter of Invitation" to be able to apply for the visa. Most people get this through travel or special visa agencies, some of ...
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Can I apply for an Iranian visa in the Republic of Georgia?

I've done a bit of searching on the net and haven't come up with much. I intend to stay in the Republic of Georgia for a while and at some point take a trip to Iran. As an Australian citizen I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Weather for hitchhiking and camping in Iran in November or March

It's now early November and I'm in Tbilisi, Georgia. It's getting very cold at night (for me). I have long had a plan to hitchhike from here through Armenia and Iran to Kuwait. But I probably ...
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I have a valid visa for the USA. I have visited Iran since it was issued. Can I still enter the US?

I have an Indian passport with valid US-visitor visa. Will I be allowed inside US after travelling to Iran now- having done so several times before?
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Tourist visa to Iran in London without losing passport for weeks

What is the most reasonable way to get a visa to Iran without losing passport for weeks? In particular we are Polish nationals living in London. In this question: How to get a visa for Iran I saw ...
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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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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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Getting 3rd party car insurance for Iran from Pakistan

We are Australians driving our New South Wales (state in Australia) registered vehicle from Sydney to the United Kingdom. Currently in Sri Lanka, we head next back to India, Pakistan then Iran and so ...
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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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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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Is a guide needed for Canadians in Iran?

I came across this page mentioning that Canadian citizens need to be accompanied by a guide when visiting, but then goes on to say it may not be necessary. Iran visa for Americans, British and ...
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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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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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Booking domestic flights in Iran

Is there any way to book domestic flights in Iran from abroad, or does it need to be done in the country? Are the ticket prices fixed? And how long in advance should I book the flights to make sure ...
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Carnet insurance for driving into Iran?

I'm thinking of driving my motorbike to Iran. I've heard you need a 500% Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD) to get into Iran, which would cost ~ €10,000 → €15,000. However I don't have that kind of ...
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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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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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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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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 ...