1- Do Women have
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.
2- Do men also have
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.
3- 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
4- 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.
5- 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.
6- 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.
7- 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.
8- 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.
9- What kind of
vegetarian food is available in Iran?
Vegetarians have to order special prepared food, as there is usually no
vegetarian food available.
10- Is there coffee in
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.
11- 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.
12- Is there a lot of
garlic in Iranian food?
Most of Iranian food does not contain garlic.
13- What is the
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.
14- Where can I
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.
15- 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.
16- 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.