IRAN

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 has a rich history and opened its doors to travelers not so long ago. It has now become one of the "must visit" places in the Middle East. The stories of a thousand and one nights are still living here!

Country-specific regulations on COVID-19
TREASURES AND LEGENDS OF OLD PERSIA
12 Days
Cultural trip
VISA TO IRAN
CURRENCY
IRANIAN CUISINE
LANGUAGE
TIPS FOR TRAVELERS
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 6 months at the time of entry and have at least 2 blank pages.
The Iranian currency is called the Iranian Rial (IRR). In everyday life, however, the locals tend to speak of"Toman". 1 toman is equivalent to 10 rials.
Exceptions are banks, contracts and official documents, as the "Toman" is not the official currency of the state.
Meat is an essential part of almost all Iranian dishes. The uniqueness of Iranian cuisine consists of the method of preparation and the spices. 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 dishes are traditionally served with various vegetables, 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 but nevertheless, Iranians use English and French in major touristic areas.
Cultural peculiarities:
Short tops and shorts should be left at home. 3/4 or longer tops or blouses and long trousers are recommended. Note that as a woman, you should take a headscarf or something similar with you to cover your hair and shoulders. Men should wear long pants and bring t-shirts.
In Iran, it is not customary to touch someone of the opposite sex, to shake hands in greeting and parting, or to shake hands with a girl to help her. When communicating, men usually turn to men and women to women.

LGBTQ:
In Iran, homosexual acts are a criminal offense and in some cases are even punishable by the death penalty. We therefore advise you to be careful.