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As an Iranian I can tell you that breast-feeding in public is NOT a crime (at least in Iran) and you don't need to expect any severe consequences for this. Mothers do feed their children here whenever/wherever needed and it's none of anybody's business to question them why they are feeding their children. It's however usually a good practice for breasts to ...


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In short: Come to the airport early, security checks will take longer. You should expect a longer and more serious security check before your departure and after your landing, including questioning about your whereabouts and activities in Iran or Kuwait. If you just visited there, this should be it - your entrance is very highly unlikely to be refused. ...


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Are all countries between the "near east" and the "far east" then "middle eastern" countries? I always thought Middle East and Near East are mostly synonyms. (For me, this is probably influenced by the fact that the Finnish word for Middle East is Lähi-itä, literally Near East.) Even if we stick to English terms, Wikipedia tends to agree (emphasis ...


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I just had a chat with an Australian girl who went to Iran last year, the general procedure is like this: Find an Iranian travel agency to get you an authorization Code from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and follow these steps: Fill out an online form on the web site of the agency Scan in your passport and email the image to the agency. Pay them ...


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According to the article in the Global Post it is possible as long as she's in a female only area and hence you can't be with her. This information obviously is a little dated but the only area that is known for laxer regulations would be the island of Kish but that information is even more dated. The most recent English news I was able to find is an ...


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One option would be to bring cash with you, convert it to Iranian currency and then buy something called "Gift Card" from a bank. You can easily obtain them from most of the well-known banks without having an account. You can use these cards to buy stuff almost anywhere within the country. They are also password protected and only the owner can use them. In ...


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The simple answer is no! If you are thinking of the Caspian sea, there may not be any "police" watching you per se, but the people of the North are quite religious, and they police themselves. Bikinis are out of question. If her scarf flies away, they will give you friendly warnings. Don't be scared, they won't harm you, they just will tell you to keep your ...


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I would recommend PTDC (Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation). They have very good travel plans for Northern Areas of Pakistan. You will have to reach Islamabad/Rawalpindi first. The best way to do that is to reach Quetta which is a border city adjacent to Iran. Then take a flight from Quetta to Islamabad. Road journey form Quetta to Islamabad may well ...


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www.horizonsunlimited.com Is the best place to get information on motorcycle overlanding. Answer I can give you is: it depends where you live. It's easiest to get the carnet in your own country so you're usually restricted by what's available there. I can only speak for the UK, where I was able to get a carnet insurance for ~£1,300 for a £2,000 motorcycle ...


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Middle East is a geographical area east of the Mediterranean sea and west of India. Sometimes the "stans" are included (Afghanistan and Pakistan) but more often they're not because when the term was originally coined they were part of British India. As mentioned in the comments, North African countries are considered "Middle East" in some cases, because ...


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Don't worry! They don't check anything in your laptop or personal electronic devices in Iran. For safety reasons (not just for Iran but anywhere else) keep your devices in the cabin baggage and always beside yourself and of course insert some credentials for logging into them. Enjoy your travel in Iran :)


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Do not worry. it is your private life. and in Islam people are free to do anything in private and officials are not allowed to search private life of people. the only possibility is if you are arrested as a spy that in that case still those pictures are your private life. in Islam a human is free and can do sin privately (although is banned by God but still ...


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The absolute cheapest way (despite maybe walking or hitchhiking) is probably to use ride share portals. For example here you can find various people that drive from Germany to Turkey for almost no fee. There are several drives a week to Izmir, Istanbul, Antalya, etc. From Turkey there are various trains to Iran that are quite cheap. The fares are between 10 ...


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I calculated the route of your trip so that we can see trough which regions you will probably travel. The first part of your trip goes trough Armenia and there is already the first problem. Wikipedia says about the climate in Armenia: Winters are quite cold with plenty of snow, with temperatures ranging between -10 and -5 °C (14 and 23 °F). I think ...


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I am local resident of Hunza living in Berlin. I think the best way is to get a local contact/guide who can travel with you from Quetta to Hunza. I would prefer to hire a local to and take public transport to travel. Once you are in Gilgit, you can travel all alone anywhere, any time to Hunza. It is safe!


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If you are interested in meeting people I would definitely suggest CouchSurfing. As an Iranian I can assure you they'd love to provide host, specially to foreigners . You can find many CouchSurfers in big cities. Here is just a sample search for Tehran. Unfortunately, in Iran there are not (yet) many good hostels as you can find in Europe. And you ...


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I Googled and found these 9 Sunni mosques in Tehran, 1 - Sadeghiyeh mosque, located at the Sadeghiyeh second circle, 2 - Tehran-Pars mosque, located on Delavaran street, 3 - Al-Quds mosque, located at 20km on the old road, 4 - Persian-Gulf mosque, located in Fath, 5 - Al-Nabi mosque, located in Shahrak Danesh, 6 - Haft-Choob mosque, located in Mallard road, ...


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From Quetta, you can take a train which travels to Punjab province. From there, you will almost certainly need to pass through Islamabad/Rawalpindi, which is the transit point to the Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir. The most dangerous parts of the country are northern Baluchistan, the North West Frontier Province and Sindh, but you will skip the worst by ...


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Lahore isn't far at all from the border and is a huge city, so if anywhere allows you to buy insurance, Lahore will. I can't seem to find any info on it immediately, but you could try talking to the chaps at The Regale Internet Inn who are just the nicest people you could possibly meet, they may well have the appropriate contacts. I can only imagine the ...


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An alternative to special agencies is to make friends with Iranian people who happen to have their family in Iran, then get invited by them. Finding Iranian people shouldn't be an issue in Germany. Of course, this is a process that takes time but the rewards are far more exciting than short term contact with unknown workers. Scratching the surface of the ...


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According to local rules, women cannot swim in bikini in presence of men around. They are limited places for women to swim in the sea which men are not allowed to enter there. However as a Iranian i recommend you to visit here since there are many other wonderful stuff which will inspire you :)


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According to at least one source, yes: Despite the rigid separation between men and women on the ski lifts, and often on the courses themselves, visitors revealed that on the mountain slopes, in the hotels and inns, one could drink alcohol, hear female singles and mingle freely until all hours of the night. "Just like many other things in Iran, ...


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It is possible to the extent that she runs the risk of, at best, being deported from the country. However, though the piece below is four years old, it suggests it might be possible to find private beaches on the Caspian: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2009/pourzal221209.html


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If you don't have your own transport, your mobility will be very limited. It still makes sense to avoid Kandahar, for safety reasons, though you do speak Persian (it appears), which will make you blend in more. So, your most sensible route would be Herat -> Mazar -> Baghlan -> Tajikistan. You could head down from Baghlan to Kabul and back to visit Kabul. ...


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No Visa, MasterCard, etc do not work in Iran. There is a national debit card system called Shetab. And all the Iranian banks and many credit unions are members of Shetab. So basically if you buy a Shetab card from any bank, you will be good. Bank Pasargad is one of them. And here is a page that shows a bank Pasargad gift card. However, You cannot buy it ...


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You can take a round-trip flight from Istanbul to Tehran around $300 (at the best case $200). Of course you cannot find a cheap flight for a one-way trip. I recommend a direct flight from Berlin which will cost about $500. And no, you do not need to learn the local language for this trip. English is enough!


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You can get visa in following ways: In your country's Iranian embassy or consulate Each embassy should contain info about visa application. Note you will probably need authorisation code from tourist agencies (like Key2Persia or Touran Zamin). It does mean an extra fee (~40 EUR). You can access such code in quick mode (to 10 working days) or standard mode ...


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The site linked by Ankur gives the address and website of the Iranian embassy in Tokyo. Guess your friend didn't do his research properly: JAPAN (TOKYO) سفارت جمهوری اسلامی ایران - توکیو Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tokyo, Japan Titel of Diplomatic Office:Embassy Head of Diplomatic Office: Date of Establishment:1930 ...


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According to IATA's TimaticWeb database which most airlines check visa requirements against (which I accessed through Delta Airlines' site), visa-on-arrival in Iran is available for: Holders of normal passports traveling as tourist can obtain a visa on arrival, for a max. stay of 15 days, provided: holding an e-visa pre-approval code obtained ...



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