Iran will transform you. To process the world in an interpretable way, people often refer to stereotypes as a way to understand different places. In Iran’s case, these stereotypes have developed through the prism of international relations, in particular through the hostility of some governments to the Iranian one.
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Tim Dobson is an Australian independent finance analyst, who specialises in writing about the Middle East, finance and economics and Australian foreign policy. He is currently studying his masters in Middle East and Central Asian studies at the Australian National University after earlier graduating with a bachelor of economics.
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There are many cultural norms in Iran, one of the strangest to foreigners is Taarof, which governs rules of social interaction and hospitality.
Do I need an Iran Visa on Arrival to visit Iran? And how hard is to get an Iran visa? This is the most frequent question we get asked so far.
Yes, it is possible to buy Persian rugs or other souvenirs. Iran is known for having the best rugs and carpets in the world. However, caution is advised before spending lots of money to ensure you are getting the genuine item rather than a fake. When buying items in places like the Bazaar, bargaining for price is considered normal.
Rules on photography depends on the place. Many mosques will allow photography inside and outside. Some museums will not allow photography inside but will outside. Generally, if it is not permitted, a sign will indicate. Restrictions are placed on photography of government and military buildings. For people, when taking photos of specific people, it is always better to ask for permission. Often this will led to a positive response, many Iranians like to pose for photos.
While in Iran, you will hear a lot of different views from different people about politics and religion, and inevitable all travellers will have their own thoughts. However, the Iranian government is very sensitive to any foreign involvement in internal political affairs, so any political activity inside Iran, particularly directed against the Iranian government, could lead to arrest.
Most people are able to travel independently within Iran, without any guide or official guidance whatsoever. US and Canadian citizens, however, need to have their itinerary and tour group approved beforehand, which will require an officially sanctioned guide. However, as part of the itinerary it is possibly to include free days, which if approved, will allow for free travel.
Most other countries citizens can gain a Iran visa on arrival from most of the major airports in Iran, although for peace of mind they can also apply for visas beforehand.
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