Iran is a diverse and majestic country, successor to the great Persian empire. It has perfectly preserved its beauty and magic till this day. There are millennia-old monuments, deserts, mountain ranges and incredibly beautiful gardens. People come here to visit the old cities, buy hand-woven Persian carpets and try unique delicacies. This country blessed with a rich history opened its doors to travelers not so long ago and has now become one of the "must visit" places on the Middle East. The stories of a thousand and one nights are still living here!
EU citizens have to obtain a tourist visa to Iran, valid for up to 30 days. For the visa you can apply to the relevant diplomatic missions abroad, online as an e-Visa or upon entry.
Travel documents of travelers must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry and have at least two blank pages.
Die iranische Währung heißt Iranian Rial (IRR). Im Alltag sprechen die Einheimischen jedoch eher von der „Währungseinheit Toman". 1 Toman entspricht dabei 10 Rials.
Ausnahmen sind Banken, Verträge, offizielle Dokumente - schließlich ist der „Toman" nicht die offizielle Währung des Staates.
Meat is an essential part of almost all Iranian dishes. The uniqueness of Iranian cuisine consists of the method of preparation and the spices. Due to them many dishes from this country are incredibly tasty. The most common dishes in Iran are "Tschelo Kabāb" that is cooked from beef, lamb or poultry and the delicious "Khoresht", a mixture of vegetables and meat. Another popular dish among travelers is the soup "Abgusht", a delicious meat soup with chickpeas and tomatoes. Almous all national disches are traditionally served with various vegetable,, baked tomatoes, local bread and yoghurt.
The official language of Iran is Farsi (Persian). The second most common language here is the Azerbaijani language. In general, Iranians have poor command of foreign languages. Iranians use English and French in major hotels, shops and airline offices.
Iran is the country that has so far not been spoiled by the flow of tourists. Therefore, locals treat strangers with curiosity, but are always good-natured and hospitable. Nevertheless, certain clothing requirements must be met in this country, especially by women. Tops and shorts should be left at home. 3/4 or long sleeves T-shirts and blouses as well as jeans or trousers are recommended. And be sure to take a headscarf or something similar to cover hair and shoulders.
Men should take long trousers or jeans and T-shirts or other short-sleeved shirts.
Travelers should also note that in Iran it is not customary to touch a person of the opposite sex, to shake hands to greet and say goodbye, or to offer a hand to a girl in order to help her. When communicating, men usually turn to men and women to women.