Iran’s Costum Regulations

Prohibitions and Limitations

Forbidden goods for export and import
According to the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially based on the article 40 of customs act, import and export of some goods are generally forbidden.
Some of these goods are as follows:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gambling tools
  • Weapons, ammunitions, and explosive goods
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Magazines, publications, photos, films, snaps and those goods which are against the religious and national dignity of the country
  • Any type of writings against the official religion of the country or against the discipline and public purity and national dignity
  • Other goods which have legitimate or legal prohibition and or its export or import has been prohibited according to the customs tariff table

Import of domestic animals and birds is subject to presenting hygiene certificate of country of origin and approval of the veterinary organization of our country and their export is subject to presenting hygiene certificate of veterinary organization of our country.

  • Import and export of wild animals and birds issubject to presenting certificate of Iran department of environment.
  • Import and export of counterfeit goods is
  • Import and release of telecommunication goods such as wireless phones issubject to presenting telecommunication and IT ministry’s permit.
  • Import and release of plants (twig, shrub, flower, …) and seeds issubject to present permit of plant quarantine.
  • Import and release of live fish issubject to permit of ministry of agricultural jihad.
  • Import of medicines is allowed only for personal use and at low volume, more volume is subject to obtaining legal permits such aspermit of ministry of hygiene and payment of import duties and taxes.
  • Import of cigarette for every passenger is allowed for amountof one box equal to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars. The allowed amount of tobacco for each passenger is 250 grams.

Customs regulations related to tourists arriving Iran
Based on the regulations of developing tourism industry Act, tourists are allowed to bring the following goods. Provided that they wouldn’t be commercial and at the time of departure, they should possess the same goods.

List of the accompanied goods of tourists which should be registered by customs office:

  • Personal jewellery, one camera, one non-professional video camera, one eye camera, one portable musicinstrument, one radio and portable music player and recorder, one portable personal computer, first aid box, one tent for camping and related tools, sport equipment such as equipment for fishing, skiing…. Etc
  • Export of one kilogram of caviar sealed by Shilat company and bought from Shilat market located at airportis allowed.
  • Tourists are allowed to bring out handicrafts or permitted products of the country in addition to their personal goods provided that they wouldn’t be for commercial purposes.

Each tourist can bring all importable goods subject to customs exceptions related to other passengers.

Customs regulations related to goods belonging to passengers
Iranian or non-Iranian passengers who are departing the country, can take their trip requirements and goods as much as they desire personal belongings and Iranian and non-Iranian goods cost at most 80 dollars (as the incoming passengers), provided that their goods should not be considered as commercial goods and for business purpose.

Foreign currency
According to the regulations of I.R.Iran central Bank, each outgoing passenger, departing Iran, can take as much as 5000 dollars in cash or other equivalent foreign currencies. Exporting more than 5000 dollars is only possible by foreign exchange declaration or other bank sealed documents.
The amount of Iranian currency for each incoming or outgoing passenger has been determined as 500000 Rials.

Gold and silver
The Personal jewelry made of gold such as necklace, bracelet, earrings,… accompanied by outgoing passengers, should be at most 150 grams and amounts more than that are forbidden.
Exporting silver products as gifts and souvenirs by outgoing passengers as much as 3 kilograms is allowed provided that the products are not considered as cultural products or antiques.

Artworks and antiques
Exporting antiques, original artworks, handwritten books and printed stones, calligraphies, miniature paintings, precious coins and all kinds of historical objects and cultural heritage are forbidden.

Carpet and kilim
Each passenger is allowed to take up to 20 square meters of hand-woven carpet out of the country and there is no limit for the numbers of carpets.
Taking precious carpets with historical worth which can be regarded as cultural heritage is completely forbidden.
Pilgrims with the destination of holy places and shrines like Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia are not allowed to bring carpets out of the country.

Each passenger is allowed to take different kinds of nuts out of the country provided that the amounts shouldn’t be considered as commercial.
Taking pistachio, nuts, and saffron out of the country is forbidden for pilgrims leaving the country for destination of holy places.

Each passenger can bring 10 kilograms of nuts and 100 grams of saffron out of the country and this amount is allowed for each passport.