Some Rules About Travel to Iran

 
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Do Women have clothing limitations?
Women have to cover their body and their hair in public (restaurants and hotel lobbies are public). According to the law, only the face and the hands of women may be visible, therefore it is best to wear a headscarf to cover the hair and a coat to cover the body. The body has to be covered in such a way that the skin of the woman is not visible. The hips, the legs and the feet should not be visible. It is best to wear wide clothing, so that the lines of the body are not recognizable. The headscarf should cover the hair fully. The color of the scarf and the clothing does not matter, and one is free to wear any color.

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Do men also have clothing limitations?
Everybody has to obey the Islamic clothing rules in Iran. Not only women have to stick to the rules, also men have certain rules to stick to: the body of the men should be fully covered. Only hands, the neck, and the head may be visible. Short trousers are strictly prohibited. It is recommended to wear shirts with short sleeves rather than T-shirts. It is very important that the buttons of the shirt are not open. It is not forbidden to wear a tie or a bowtie.

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Do women have to dress in Chador?
It is not necessary to wear a chador unless one wants to visit a holy mosque or shrine. Wherever the chador is a must, one will be given a chador.

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What if women headscarf falls down?
It can happen that the head scarf falls down and does not cover the hair. In those cases most of the people advise one to cover up again. Also the police advise one to cover the hair.

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Is it allowed to make up or wear sunglasses?
The women should not make themselves up too much, but making up is not forbidden. It is allowed to wear sunglasses.

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Is it possible to enjoy alcoholic beverage?
According to Islam, it is forbidden to enjoy alcohol at all, no matter in what form. It is forbidden to have alcoholic food or beverage, to trade with alcohol, and to serve alcohol.

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Is it possible to bring alcoholic beverage to Iran?
Entering Iran; bringing alcohol is forbidden. It is possible to get non-alcoholic beverages almost all over the country.

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Is it safe to drink the water from the tap?
The water is drinkable, but it may contain too many minerals. It is recommended to have mineral water.

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What kind of vegetarian food is available in Iran?
Vegetarians have to order special prepared food, as there is usually no vegetarian food available.

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Is there coffee in Iran?
Coffee is almost served in any coffee shop or teahouse all around the big cities. In the hotels' lobbies and coffee shops almost in all cities and towns and even in some restaurant (after having the meal) coffee is served. Of course if you wish to visit small towns and villages you are recommended to have your coffee with you.

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What kind of bread do the Iranians have?
Iranian bread is flat, and varying. Different sorts of flat bread, baked in traditional ways, is available.

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Is there a lot of garlic in Iranian food?
Most of Iranian food does not contain garlic.

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What is the Iranian currency?
The Iranian official currency is Rial. Rial are available in coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 250 Rls.) and notes (100, 200, 500, 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, and 10.000 Rls.). Coins are only marked in Persian script and numerals, but one side of the notes is printed in English.

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Where can I exchange money?
It is possible to exchange money already at the airport, no matter at what time; but only special banks do exchange money. Lately, the exchange of foreign currencies has been allowed, and there are exchange shops available in most big cities. The exchange rates of these shops are usually higher than the official rate. The following currencies can be easily exchanged at any Exchange Shop: US Dollars, German Marks, British Pounds, French Franken, and Japanese Jen.

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How to find out about the exchange rates?
The exchange rates may change quite often, but it is possible to find out the exchange rates at any bank.

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Is it possible to pay by a credit card?
In some places, it is possible to pay by credit cards. Master Card and Visa are accepted.