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, is it being attacked frequently by terrorists? In short, leaving behind pocket thieves, is it safe enough to spent 1 month in Iran? How much is probability of coming back alive. I belong to non-western country (i.e. India).

EDIT: I am narrowing down my question: Actually visit to Iran has aim of doing some machining repairing work at some company (not sure where it is, sorry). It might take up to 1 month. But some serious news show up in news mediums regarding Iraq about ISIS (or IS or ISIL). Also that terrorists from Iraq are spreading through the world and now they also have some impact over Syria so I want to know if there are same activities (specially from ISIS) in Iran.

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    This is kind of a broad question, can you narrow it down at all? – CGCampbell Nov 14 '14 at 15:41
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    Ira N, sorry for typo at one place. – Deep Ode Nov 14 '14 at 16:35

If you just care about terrorist attacks or ISIS activities, I can say that here is totally safe (at least now). Although, as I mentioned in another post, some regions in Sistan-Baluchestan are the exceptions because of drug smugglers and some terrorists as well.

On the other hand, if you care about political issues and somethings that are related to the government, I have no clear idea. Usually the UK and US citizens have some problems. However, I have personally seen several UK tourists in Tehran that were content with Iran.

And finally, obviously there are thieves here too. You must watch out your pocket.


Depending upon your nationality, there may be problems. According to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, travel advice is separated into two areas...

... advise against all travel to within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border; within 10km of the entire Iran/Iraq border; the province of Sistan-Baluchistan; and the area east of the line running from Bam to Jask, including Bam.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Iran.

British travellers to Iran face greater risks than nationals of many other countries due to high levels of suspicion about the UK and the UK government’s limited ability to assist in any difficulty.

There’s a risk that British nationals could be arbitrarily detained in Iran despite their complete innocence, as happened most recently in 2011. In such cases the FCO has serious concerns that the subsequent judicial process falls below international standards.

In recent months there has been an increase in the detention of dual nationals on allegations of involvement in political and human rights activities. Dual nationality is not recognised in Iran. The Iranian authorities will deny that the British government has any legitimate responsibility for British Iranians and are unlikely to grant any consular access.

Independent travellers, especially (but not exclusively) if going off the beaten track, face greater risk than those in tour groups or business visitors.

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You can always get updated information from the FCO; much of it is useful regardless of your nationality, but some is applicable to Brits only.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

For an alternate view,

Bahman Zenhari, a marketing executive with Iranian tour operator Pasargad Tours, said Americans have been visiting Iran for years — but numbers surged after the more-moderate President Hassan Rouhani was elected last year and replaced hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He claimed there has been a 350 percent increase for tour demands in Iran since the election.

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/americans-check-out-irans-golden-eagle-danube-express-tourist-train-n246816

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    @DeepOde, what was your question then? – Gayot Fow Nov 14 '14 at 18:13
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    @DeepOde What do you expect from Travel.SE users? You've been given an answer that says it is anywhere from unsafe to dangerous. Do you wish someone to say it's completely safe? That would not be true of anywhere in the world. With all of the sectarian strife in the Islamic world at the moment; with the ISIS crisis to the northwest of Iran; with the ongoing disputes of Iran's involvement with various (so-called) terrorist organizations from a governmental level; with that part of the world in almost complete turmoil. Is Iran safe? no. Is it more safe than northwest Iraq? yes. – CGCampbell Nov 14 '14 at 18:53
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    Is Iran safer for you as an Indian than I as an American? Most assuredly so. Is it as safe as your own hometown is for you? Probably not. This is an unanswerable question. – CGCampbell Nov 14 '14 at 18:54
  • Well kinda, I wanted to ask if there is war going on? Or maybe I wanted to ask that are people leaving normal lives there? (Or tourists are being brought back by their countries :P) – Deep Ode Nov 15 '14 at 4:03
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    You seriously wanted to ask if there's a war going on? Would you please edit your question to be more specific then... Perhaps somebody knows whether or not there's a war going on in Iran right now. – Gayot Fow Nov 15 '14 at 11:11

Short Answer: This is an unanswerable question.

We cannot know what you mean by safe. Even with your descriptives in the body of the question, you are asking about something that is personal to you and your beliefs. No one else can answer this in a way that would be completely acceptable to you.

The primary reason for this, in my own opinion is:

I cannot find any place where your own government posts any travel advisories for Indian travelers at all. It's not that there are none for Iran (or any other place) at this time. It's that there appears to be no place for Travel Advisories themselves to be posted. (If someone else finds a place where the Government of India posts Travel Advisories, I will quickly delete this whole answer, as that would be an objective answer.)

So, lacking any official advisories, you would have to accept advisories issued by other governments, such as that posted by Gayot Fow, or anecdotal comments by 'regular travelers' posted as answers. If they have travelled in Iran, then de facto they survived. If someone came here and said I had no problems, but there were daily demonstrations in Tehran against Western Imperialism, well, yeah. OK. So what? There are daily demonstrations here in Washington, D.C. about everything from war to the economy. All in all, everywhere in the world, on a personal level is the greatest place in the world, with the nicest kindest people everyone has ever met.

Every city has crime. An Indian is less likely to have troubles than a white European, who would be less likely to have troubles than me. But, as I said at the beginning, your own government doesn't appear to care to post advisories, so all you will get is anecdotes, which in the end, aren't really very useful.

  • Ah, I wanted ask if it has "regular" situation inside, do they have war going on? (Not demonstrations) Is it more likely that I will have to rush back to India anytime? Also, We just changed our government,it will take time to new government to do things like posting travel advisories , actually we removed previous one because they weren't doing anything (for e.g., not posting travel advisories :P ) – Deep Ode Nov 15 '14 at 4:06

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