Is Iran safe?
The short answer is “Yes.” The long answer is “Yes, of course.”
Iran boasts an excellent security record, especially when you take into account the fact that it is located in one of the world’s most volatile and unstable regions. The country is a safe haven in a sea of turmoil, and you would be hard-pressed to find a foreign tourist who felt unsafe during their visit.
Popular destinations such as Tehran and Isfahan have formed tourism law-enforcement units whose main purpose is to serve foreign travelers.
Furthermore, the legal arm of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization even helps foreign visitors pursue complaints after they have left the country, should they want the organization to follow up a complaint.

What is the best time to travel to Iran?
In general terms, the best time to visit Iran is in the Spring or the Fall. However, you can travel there at any time of the year. It should also be kept in mind that the Iranian New Year celebration, Nowruz, begins on March 20 or 21 and lasts for 12 days. It is possible to travel during that period if that is the only time you can go, but it is better not to, since hotels are more crowded and travel, in general, is more difficult. All that being said, the best times to travel would be:

  • early April after Nowruz, until mid-May.
  • Mid-September until mid-November.
  • Early March before Nowruz.

All other times are possible, but it gets pretty hot in the summer, especially in the south. And it gets cold in the winter, especially in the north. (However, if you want to go skiing, winter is the time to go). That does not mean you cannot travel at those times, but you should keep the climate conditions in mind. If you are not bothered by the heat then the summer can be a good time, because things are less crowded. But it does get hot. If you want to ski, there are high mountains within 45 minutes of Tehran where you can enjoy a unique ski experience. Let us know if you are interested.

Where do we stay in Iran?
Experienced travelers will acknowledge that the standard of hotels in Iran is not the same as in Europe or the US. However, all the hotels we use have been carefully selected and are clean, safe and reliable. We use a variety of hotels ranging from five star in the main cities, to clean, comfortable guesthouses in smaller towns. You will stay in twin-bedded rooms, unless a single room supplement has been paid, with a bath or shower and toilet en-suite.

What is the language of Iranian people?
Iranians speak Persian or “Farsi” but most of them know English as well.

A few useful words and phrases in Farsi:

Hello –  Salam

Please  –  Lotfan

Thank you –  Merci

How  are you?  –  Haleh  shoma  chetoreh?

I am  well –  Khoobam

What should I do about my money?
Your money should be in cash. No kinds of credit cards and cheques are usable in Iran. It is better to change your money to Dollar or Euro before arriving in Iran.

Can I use a Credit Card or ATMs in Iran?
We recommend you bring enough cash to cover you for your time in Iran, as ATM’s, foreign credit cards and Travellers Cheques are not accepted in Iran.

How can we use Internet in Iran?
In Iran, internet cafes are known as cafenets (previously called coffeenets), although there are fewer such places with each passing year as everyone has mobile internet and wi-fi is increasingly common. In Tehran, for example, there are virtually no cafenets left as pretty much all cafes, teahouses and hotels have wi-fi. Speeds are variable, but most cities have ADSL connectionst.
Morever, you can buy prepaid Sim card such as Irancell Hamrahe-Aval and use the Internet after activating the Internet Packages.

What are some useful apps??
There are a handful of apps that may help you make the best of your trip to Iran. Apps such as TelegramWhatsapp, Google Maps, Google Translate and Date/Calendar Converter are immensely helpful, regardless of what city you’re visiting.
Moreover, popular apps such as Foursquare, Lonely Planet, and Trip Advisor have very well-maintained sections on Iran, from what cafes to visit to which sites to see.

What are the emergency numbers?
It is always good to know the local emergency numbers. Unlike the European Union and North American countries, there is no single number for all emergencies in Iran.

Police: 110
Medical emergency: 115
Fire: 125

What about electricity plugs in Iran?
The voltage is generally 220 V. Power sockets have two circular holes – exactly same as France. An international adapter is recommended.

What about working days and business hour in Iran?
Iranian working days are from Saturday to Thursday and Fridays are the National off days. On Thursdays, some companies are totally off and some are working only half day.

Banks, hospitals, and post offices 7:30 or 8:30 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. or 16:00 p.m. except public holidays. On Thursdays, they close earlier.