Planning on traveling to Iran? Here's an extensive list of 7 tips you must know before heading to Iran.
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SURFIRAN is an Iranian tour operator and travel agency offering tour packages to those interested in Iran. It provides the tourists with services needed to travel to Iran, offers tours across the country, and assists the tourists in obtaining Iranian visas. Licenced by Iran Tourism Organization, SURFIRAN enjoys Iranian tour guides, tourism educators, business executives in tourism industry, and conservationists that have more than 15 years of experience. If you are planning to travel to Iran, join us to visit the most popular Iranian destinations and see Persia as one of the most mysterious and amazing countries in the world. Our vision is to provide superior travel and tour services with our focus being on customer satisfaction at the best competitive prices.
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Why you should buy complete Iran tour package?
As a tour operator, whose staff has years of experience in tourism, we understand that especially for young travellers the aim is to travel to a unique destination on a budget or by backpacking. We endeavor to prepare tour packages which leaves the least amount of cost burden on tourists.
That is why SURFIRAN has chosen a direct sale method to present Iran tour packages. This is to ensure that tourists do not pay middlemen and other costs while having the Iran luxury of travelling in small or Iran private groups which is more environmentally friendly and leaves less environmental damage on the host society.
We only charge a maximum of 15% for our service and if at any time you wish to see details of expenditure, we can provide you with a full list of costs incurred to assure you that the payment you have made has not exceeded the necessary amount and only pays for the cost of the trip.
We share this honestly with you and also that for us, the experience of a safe, unique and memorable trip is our top priority.
Do I need a visa for Iran? And how hard is to get an Iranian visa?
Whether you need a visa depends on where you are from and where you are travelling to. Citizens of around 60 countries do not need a visa to enter Iran for travelling purposes for various amounts of times. Most other countries citizens can gain a visa on arrival from most of the major airports in Iran, although for peace of mind they can also apply for visas beforehand. Visas on arrival for most countries only allow for a stay of 15 days. For US and Canadian citizens due to lack of any consular services in Iran, must have prior approval of an itinerary and tour operator before applying for a visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most tour companies will take care of this for you. No citizens of Israel are permitted to travel to Iran. People who have an Israeli stamp in their passport will also be denied entry. All citizens except for Israeli can travel to Kish Island, a popular tourist island, without a visa for up to two weeks.
Since visa requirements are subject to fairly constant change, it is best for everyone to contact Iranian consular or embassies in their own country to find out what is required before entry.
Most visas will be approved in two to three weeks. Most people find it relatively easy if correct information is given. However, it is best to allow for plenty of time before applying.
When is the best time to travel to Iran?
It depends on what you want to do! In most places in Iran summer is hot and winter is cold, with snow in some places. During the month of Ramadan it can be difficult for travellers as many food stores are close during the day. At times around the Iranian New Year which occurs on March 21, more people inside Iran go on holiday, so it can be more difficult to secure accommodation.
Can you use a credit card in Iran?
Due to the imposition of financial sanctions international credit cards are not currently accepted in Iran. It is advised for travellers to bring cash with them. The lifting of some sanctions, however, should see some progress on this front with Japan Credit Bureau as well as China UnionPay cards expected to be accepted by late 2016 and negotiations are ongoing between Iranian authorities and MasterCard and Visa about their cards being accepted in the near future.
Can I drink alcohol and eat pork in Iran?
Drinking alcohol is against the law in Iran and no shops are permitted to sell it. Anyone caught in possession of alcohol faces arrest and in the case of a tourist face deportation. People in Iran tend to drink tea, Sharbat (a cool, sweet drink known as the world’s first soft drink) or doogh (a savoury yogurt drink). Alcohol free beer is also available. Pork is not available. When it comes to meat most Iranians tend to eat chicken, beef or lamb, all of which are widely available.