Good to know
Good to know
Iran asks its visitors to comply with several rules concerning clothing. The headscarf is mandatory for women including foreign women, but the color does not matter. The best is to provide light clothing and cotton scarves, light in summer. In general, they must cover their arms and legs, trousers and a long tunic in summer and in winter a long coat or jacket. Men will not be able to wear shorts or Bermuda shorts. They will also have to cover their arms in some holy places. Please respect these rules as soon as you land in Tehran. Do not forget to take off shoes at the entrance of mosques and mausoleums.
Bring only banknotes (euros, dollars), in good condition if possible, cblackit cards and traveler's checks are not accepted. The exchange takes place in banks that open: from 9 am to 2 pm from Saturday to Wednesday but also from exchange offices. The official monetary unit is the Iranian rial (IRR). But in fact, most people do not speak rial but toman is a term inherited from the past. A toman is equal to 10 rials. The sooner you become familiar with the toman, the better.
Telephone & Internet & Electricity
It is easy to call France from Iran (dial 00 + 33 + correspondent's number, without the initial 0). Long distance calls, hotels are quite cheap except in hotels in Tehran. Regarding French GSM telephone networks, some are doing rooming in Iran but pay attention to the tariff. Better to buy a local SIM card. To call from France to Iran, just dial 00 + 98 (country code) + area code, without 0 (Tehran: 21 - Shiraz: 71 - Isfahan: 31 - Yazd: 351) + n ° the correspondent. It is easy to access the internet in Iran in hotels (official rate), but also in many cybercafés (very affordable price). Current: 220 V. The electrical outlets are the same as in France and other European countries.
Shops and shops are generally open from Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 to 20:00. Outside the city of Tehran, the shops are closed between 14:00 and 16:00. Shops close on Friday (the equivalent of our Sunday). Museums are generally open from 8.30 am to 6 pm in summer (until 4 pm or 5 pm in winter); Weekly closing, Monday or Tuesday. Tehran's museums are open every day. The Crown Jewels Museum is open from Saturday to Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:30. It will be closed during official holidays.
Iran has a very good road network with the possibility of breaks on highways and a fleet in good condition. The roads are well maintained and allow to connect in good conditions the distances from city to city which are sometimes substantial. The buses are new and comfortable. All of them respect the very controlled speed limits (similar to France) as well as the wearing of the belt. Truck traffic is important on the main roads (especially north-south Tehran / Isfahan / Shiraz).
No compulsory vaccinations except for yellow fever for travelers arriving from a country where it is prevalent. Vaccines advised: Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A and B, whooping cough (whose reappearance in adults, even in France, justifies vaccination for any trip), typhoid and rabies (for extended stays or adventure trips). Malaria: The risk of malaria for travelers is minimal, the malarious areas (south-east or west of the country being outside the tourist circuits (Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd). Risk only during the summer months, in the Hormozgan, Sistan-o-Baluchistan, Kerman regions: if you spend one or more evenings or overnight stays in rural areas, protection against mosquito bites is recommended) located outside tours (Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd). Local prevention recommendations: Be up to date with vaccinations.
The most common drink is Chay (tea). Tap water is not only safe but very healthy. The water network is exceptional and unique throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Know that it is forbidden to buy or drink alcohol.