Iran has always been an important country and has been attracting a rising attention lately. It was due to the escalation of tension between the US and Iran. However, this is not the only factor that makes Iran worth knowing about visiting. The heart of the storied Persian empire of antiquity, Iran has long played an important role in the region as an imperial power and later—because of its strategic position and abundant natural resources, especially petroleum—as a factor in colonial and superpower rivalries. The country’s roots as a distinctive culture and society date to the Achaemenian period, which began in 550 BCE.
From the scenic nature to more than hundreds of cultural sites provide people with enough incentive to want to know more and visit Iran. However, there was recently rising concerns for tourists about planning their trip to Iran. It was quite understandable.
The stresses and strains raised after Iran’s top military commander, General Qasem Soleimani, was assassinated by the US. Then Iran retaliated and carried out a ballistic missile attack on US airbases in Iraq. And finally, the crash of a Ukrainian passenger airplane that was justified as “human error”. Consequently, The European Union’s air safety agency advised airlines to avoid flying over Iran.
The Iranian government has developed a comprehensive vaccination program. Due to the vaccination program, around 80% of the Iranian population has been vaccinated. The disease remains well controlled.
Yes. Us citizens can travel to Iran as a tourist with no problem. US citizens will have to have their itinerary and tour guide approved beforehand.
This is contrary to the fact that the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State has announced the travel advisory level 4 and prohibits US citizens from traveling in Iran as tourists. It needs to be mentioned that the American tourists who have already visited Iran narrate the opposite story and do not have any complaints about their safety.
Sticking to the itinerary is part of the conditions of visa approval, so sticking to the itinerary and the instructions of the tour guide will ensure that there are no problems.
The Iranian government is highly sensitive for historical and political reasons of any foreign involvement in the political process, in particular, this applies to the United States.
Avoiding political demonstrations and making any public political statements is another way to avoid any trouble.
Otherwise, Iranians will be keen to demonstrate their hospitality to US citizens and will offer to host them for lunch or dinner.
Hostility towards particular actions of the US government doesn’t stop the people of Iran having anything but the warmest feelings for Americans themselves
All women while in Iran are required to follow the dress codes prescribed form women in Iran. This means wearing a headscarf and not allowing the skins on your arm or legs to be shown while in public.
There is also gender segregation of some public transport. Following these laws will mean women will generally have no issues when it comes to safety.
Iranians are renowned for their hospitality and as a visitor you will be invited to many people’s houses for dinner or lunch.
This isn’t as forward as it may seem in other countries and is generally a sign of respect to the guest. There is, however, no obligation to accept such offers.
It must be added that as the international political unrest started to relax and after the flights started to get back to normal the Covid-19 pandemic broke out and changed the situation.
Right now, months after the spread of Coronavirus started to rise, non-essential travels between the countries are not suggested yet. International flights have not started to regulate their routes as they used to be previously, yet.
However, it is estimated that it won’t be long before the wheels of the tourism industry start to roll again and tourists manage to visit their favorite destinations. There is no need to say that health protocols and guidelines are needed to be observed seriously to avoid getting infected by the unwelcomed virus.
IRAN with 26 UNESCO World Heritage Sites is one of the countries you have to visit. So, if you haven’t traveled to Iran yet or you would like to see some other parts of Iran you didn’t visit before, don’t be doubtful anymore. It is high time you started planning your trip to Iran and see what this ancient country is like by yourself.
After the outbreak of the Covid-19, you now have the chance of planning your trip beforehand and you will always have the chance to reschedule your trip if the situations deteriorate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to visit Iran as a tourist?
When is the best time to visit Iran?
There are ideal temperatures across most of Iran from March until May and then again from late September to early November.
Do I need a visa to travel 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.