Travel Tips

Useful Travel Tips for Iran

Dress Code in Iran

“Hijab” which is an Islamic dress-code is a necessity in Iran and women have to cover their hair and head according to that. Women are also expected to wear loose clothing and cover all their body except for their hands, face, and feet. Wearing shorts by Men is not acceptable in public. All tourists are subject to these customs.

Religious Etiquette

In order to visit a mosque or any other holy shrine in Iran, women should wear a chador before entering the place. There is usually a kiosk at the entrance gate where you can rent one.

Men are expected to wear long-sleeved shirts when visiting a mosque or holy shrine.

You have to take off your shoes before entering a prayer area of a mosque.

Forbidden items to bring with you to Iran

Entering every type of narcotics, alcoholic drinking, weapon & munitions, every type of Aerial photography cameras (identification camera), every type of sender & receiver sets, and also every type of books, periodical, multimedia that are a promoter of moral & belief wantonness, is forbidden.

Local Time

October – March: Greenwich Mean Time plus 2:30 hours (G.M.T. + 2.5).

April – September: Greenwich Mean Time plus 3:30 hours (G.M.T. + 3.5).

Official Calendar

Iran's official Calendar is a solar calendar. Its origin can be traced back to the 11th century when a group of astronomers (including the well-known poet Omar Khayyam) created what is known as the Jalaali calendar. However, a number of changes have been made to the calendar since then. The current calendar has been used in Iran since 1925.

The Persian year starts at the vernal equinox. If the astronomical vernal equinox falls before noon (Tehran true time) on a particular day, then that day is the first day of the year. If the astronomical vernal equinox falls afternoon, the following day will be the first day of the year.

Note that there is a leap year once in every 4 years. The month of Esfand has 29 days in an ordinary year but 30 days in a leap year.

Business Hours

A week in Iran starts on Saturday and last by Friday. Therefore, all the banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on Fridays. Some also are closed on Thursday afternoon, although department stores and supermarkets remain open.

 Business Type

                          Business Hours

            (From Saturday till Wednesday)

Banks08:00-16:00
Exchange Offices10:30 – 17:00
Business Offices08:30-17:00
Government Offices08:00-15.00
ShopsFlexible but typically 8:00 till 23:00

International Credit Cards

International Credit Cards like Visa and MasterCard are not accepted in Iran, therefore to make any exchange in the country, you have to bring cash with you.

Note that, all types of cash such as US dollars; Euro; GBP and …, are acceptable in Iran, and can be exchanged for Rial.

Currency

The official currency in Iran is called Rial (code IRR). However, when talking about prices in Iran you may hear “Toman” which is equal to ten Rials. Despite this usage, amounts of money and prices of goods are virtually always written in Rials. For example, the sign on the bottle of milk states the price in Rials, e.g., "20,000 Rials," even though the clerk, if asked, would say that the milk costs "2000 tomans."

Language

The majority of the population speaks the Persian (Farsi) language, which is also the official language of the country. There are also some other dialects spoken by people around Iran. Turkic, Luri, Lari, Kurdish, and Arabic are the languages people speak in different part of the country. Armenian, Georgian, and Neo-Aramaic are also minority languages spoken by people.

Greetings!
English Persian فارسی
HelloSalamسلام
Goodbye Khodahafezخداحافظ
See you later!Badan mibinametبعدا می بینمت
Good morning!Sobh bekheirصبح به خیر
Good afternoonZohr bekheirظهر به خیر
Good evening!Asr bekheirعصر به خیر
Good nightShab bekheirشب به خیر
Good night and sweet dreams!Shab bekheir va khab haye khoob bebiniشب به خیر و خواب های خوب ببینی
Welcome!Khosh amadidخوش آمدید
How are you?Shoma chetor hastid?شما چطور هستید؟
I'm fine, thanks!Man khoobam, motshakeramمن خوبم، متشکرم
And you?Shoma chetor?شما چطور؟
GreatAliعالی
GoodKhoobخوب
Not badBad nistamبد نیستم
Thank youMotshakeramمتشکرم
Excuse meMibakh’shidمی بخشید
You're welcome!Khahesh mikonamخواهش می کنم
What's new? What’s up?Che khabar?چه خبر؟
Nothing muchKhabari nistخبری نیست

Asking for Help and Direction
EnglishPersianفارسی
I'm lostMan gom shodamمن گم شدم
Can you help me?Mitoonid komakam konid?می تونید کمکم کنید؟
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)?Dastshooyi/ Darookhane kojast?دستشویی/ داروخانه کجا است؟
Straight/ Left/ RightMostaghim/ Chap/ Rastمستقیم/ چپ/ راست
I'm looking for John.Man donbale John migardamدنبال جان می گردم
Can you show me?Mishe neshoonam bedid?میشه نشونم بدهید؟
Can you say it again?Mishe tekrar konid?میشه تکرار کنید؟
Can you speak slowly?Mishe aheste sohbat konid?میشه آهسته صحبت کنید؟
Write it down, please!Benevisid lotfanبنویسید لطفا
I don’t understand!Motvajeh nemishavamمتوجه نمی شوم
I don’t know!Nemidanamنمی دانم
I have no idea!Nazari nadaramنظری ندارم
What’s it called in Persian?Be farsi che mishavad?به فارسی چه می شود؟
What does “ketab” mean in English?“Ketab” be englisi che mishavad?کتاب" به انگلیسی چه می شود؟"
How do you say “Please” in Persian?“Please” be Farsi che mishavad? به فارسی چه می شود؟"please"
What time is it?Saat chand ast?ساعت چند است؟
It’s 4Saat 4 astساعت 4 است
How much is it?Gheimatash chand ast?قیمتش چند است؟

How to Introduce Yourself
English Persian فارسی
Do you speak (English/ Farsi)?Aya Farsi/ Englisi sohbat mikonid?آیا فارسی/ انگلیسی صحبت می کنید؟آیا فارسی/ انگلیسی صحبت می کنید؟What's your name? Esme shoma chist? اسم شما چیست؟
My name is ...Esme man … .... اسم من
Mr/ MrsAgha/ Khanoomآقا/ خانم
Boy/ GirlPesar/ Dokhtarپسر/ دختر
Nice to meet you!Khosh vaghtam!!خوش وقتم
How old are you?Chand sal darid?چند سال دارید؟
I'm twenty years oldBist sal daramبیست سال دارم

Useful words and phrases
EnglishPersianفارسی
Good luck!Movafagh bashidموفق باشید
Happy birthday!Tavalodat mobarakتولدت مبارک
Happy new year!Sale no mobarakسال نو مبارک
Congratulations!Tabrik migooyamتبریک می گویم
Bless you (when sneezing)Afiat bashadعافیت باشد
No Problem!Masaleyi nistمسئله ای نیست
GoodKhoobخوب
BadBadبد
BigBozorgبزرگ
SmallKoochakکوچک
Just a littleKamiکمی
TodayEmroozامروز
NowAlanالان
TomorrowFardaفردا
YesterdayDiroozدیروز
YearSalسال
MonthMahماه
WeekHaftehهفته
DayRoozروز
NightShabشب
YesBaleبله
NoKheirخیر

English Number012345678910
Persian Number۰۱۲۳۴۵۶۷۸۹۱۰
Persian PronunciationSefrYekDowSehChaharPanjShishHaftHashtNohDah

Electrical current

220 AC voltage and 50 Hz, requiring rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors may need a transformer, which most hotels can provide.

Communication

Telephone services within Iran are efficient and reliable. International calls can be made from public and private phones and fax services are available at most hotels. Internet access is widespread via Internet cafes and hotels.

National Dialing Code in Iran is 0098.

Mobile (cell phone) services are provided by three different companies in Iran. You can check their websites to understand their services and tariffs:

http://www.mci.ir

http://www.irancell.ir

http://www.rightel.ir

Health, Safety, and Security

Generally, Iran considers as a healthy country to travel in and you don’t need any vaccinations before entering Iran. However, it would be a good idea to bring some necessary medicine with you. Note that you can find the highest level of professionalism, safety and care to patients with International standards in Iran. Many doctors have educated in Western Countries and speak English fluently.

One thing you should be concern about is that treatment is never free, so it is wise to have travel insurance with health coverage.