Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?

The Ultimate Guide to Family Fun in Iran

Visiting Iran with kids sparks curiosity and excitement as you explore the enchanting landscapes and rich history of this ancient land with your family. However, the question on every parent’s mind is: How does Iran fare as a safe and family-friendly travel option?

This concise guide reveals the truth behind common misconceptions, highlighting the joy of exploring this ancient land with your family.

From navigating bustling bazaars to discovering serene landscapes, we provide the essential information for a journey that is both enchanting and reassuring. Dive into our tips to understand why Iran emerges as an unexpectedly welcoming destination for families. Experience a blend of enduring traditions and authentic hospitality that makes Iran unique.

The people of Iran adore children, and their way of expressing love might overwhelm visitors from abroad. Moreover, Iran is generally a safe country, but it’s crucial to be aware of certain safety precautions when traveling here with your family. We’ve compiled several useful tips to ensure you and your children enjoy a memorable stay in Iran.

Before getting To Iran

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?

Iran Visa

First things first, Iran visa. All persons, regardless of age, will need a visa to enter the country. You can contact our staff about visa requirements as the requirements and process may vary depending on your nationality.


Do not forget the insurance. If you couldn’t get a travel insurance that covers Iran, you can buy Iran insurance online or upon your arrival at the IKA airport.


Travel Insurance

Also there are general cares such as being up to date with vaccines, booking well ahead of travel time to have everything reserved, downloading suitable apps on your devices for them to play and doing some research about your destination, which you would normally do for any other destination.

Dress codes

Probably you have read about the dress code required by the government’s law in Iran, however, do not worry about applying the rules for kids. Children can wear freely and there is no need to wear hijab for girls under the age of 10. For girls above this age, the law bends in most parts of Tehran and some large cities, however we advise you to watch for the dress code in religious cities such as Mashhad, Qom or Kashan. If you are not sure, you can always ask.

Weather and Children

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Check the Weather

Before planning for the trip, you need to research about the weather. Although Iran has a diverse climate in different parts, keep in mind that the cities on the classic route are all located in hot and dry areas which makes the visit in summer time a nightmare!

Which season to travel

Visiting Iran during Spring or Fall offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy pleasant weather across most cities. Unlike the extreme conditions of Winter, where temperatures can plummet, creating a unique cold in both mountainous and desert regions that “burns the bones,” as locals describe, these seasons ensure a comfortable journey.

Winters bring challenges, such as potentially dangerous roads and the risk of blizzards that can lead to blocked passages or even temporary airport closures. Therefore, for a smooth and enjoyable experience, Spring and Fall stand out as the perfect times to explore Iran’s rich cultural tapestry and stunning landscapes.

Air Pollution

Another important thing you may want to consider is the air pollution. Tehran and major cities of Iran are facing problems with air pollution and the situation worsens in late Fall and all Winter, as the greenery decreases and inversion causes the smog to stay below a certain height.

Sun Care

Even if you travel in Spring or Fall, have sunscreen, hat and shades with you. In the mild temperature, sunlight still can cause burns on delicate skin of the children and more especially babies. In warmer areas, also be prepared for mosquitos.

Food and personal care

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In most major cities the tap water is potable and bottled water is cheap and abundant in every supermarket, restaurant or even news kiosk. We recommend bottled water over tap water especially for your kids. For using the tap water when traveling, Iranians use a trick to get used to the water in the new city, by mixing some amount of water from their own hometown with the water of the new city, so their body can adjust gradually.


It is not very easy to find baby-food in jars, especially in famous brands. In Tehran, you have a better chance of finding baby-food in mega supermarkets, such as Hypermarkets, as well as in smaller supermarkets in the north and northwest of the city. Be advised that due to economic sanctions, you probably won’t see familiar brands here, so you might want to bring the supply of baby-food with you. For Formula and baby cereals, you can find them in pharmacies, but expect to pay a higher price than other countries. Fresh milk and other milk products (chocolate milk, honey milk, strawberry milk, etc) are easily found everywhere.

For older children, the challenge is to find kids-friendly menu, especially in traditional restaurants. You can find pizza, pasta, fries and all sort of fast foods, but that bowl of steamed veggies or mac’n’cheese could be tough. Also, try not to give street food to your kids.

Fruits and vegetables

You can easily buy fruits and vegetables in green-grocers, but take extra care in washing them, to remove any remaining pesticide that may still be on them.


Sanitation standards could vary in different cultures. In general, families care about the sanitation especially when it comes to children. They teach them to wash their hands before eating and after using the toilets.

Yet in a several million inhabitants city like Tehran, don’t be too optimist about sanitation. When you go to Bazaar or sightseeing sites, finding functional and clean toilets could be difficult. Also when traveling on the road, sanitation might become a challenge.

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Family Gathering and Having fun in Tehran

Roadside restaurants could be of poor health and quality and you may see trash here and there. To be on the safe side, have sanitizer, wipes, liquid soap and a roll of toilet paper with you.

Another challenge is the toilet itself. Finding western style sitting toilets outside your hotel might be impossible and your child might be confused to see a totally different kind of toilet. It would be a good idea to familiarize your children with squatting toilets and how to use them. WikiHow has an informative article on this matter.


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If your children are on a certain medication, make sure to bring enough supply, as it might be difficult to find the exact medication in the country, due to international sanctions.

Baby Care

Diapers are found in all major supermarkets, but make sure to have enough supply when traveling to rural areas. Diaper changing areas are not easily found, some metro stations and most shopping malls would have a “mother and baby” room. But if you are in need, ask, and Iranians will be more than happy to help you with your baby.

About breastfeeding in public, look around to see how the situation is. It is generally recommended to find a quiet corner for nursing and not to cause much attention.

In the next article, we will continue with some advice for the times you are in the city or on the road to other destinations.

Best things to do in Tehran with kids

Tehran, the vibrant heart of Iran, is a city that embraces the joy of outdoor life and family gatherings. With its unique blend of traditional and modern, the city offers a plethora of activities that cater to children’s curiosity and adventurous spirit.

From lush parks to fascinating museums and innovative entertainment centers, Tehran is a playground for the young and the young at heart. Let’s dive into some of the city’s most exciting spots for kids.

Embracing the Great Outdoors

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Family Picnic in Tehran, Iran

The outdoor culture in Tehran is something to behold. Families gather on blankets or foldable chairs, enjoying meals, conversation, and the simple pleasure of being together. This scene is a testament to the city’s love for picnics and outdoor gatherings. But for those seeking adventure beyond the picnic blanket, Tehran has much to offer.

East Meets West: Cultural Adventures

Tehran’s western and northwestern neighborhoods boast a more westernized culture, with parks and shopping centers featuring playhouses for the little ones. On the flip side, the eastern part of the city, while less affluent, is rich in community spirit, offering numerous small parks and squares where children can play and families can enjoy the simple joys of ice cream and window shopping.

A Haven for Young Shoppers

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Shaparak Shopping Center, Tehran

Shaparak, an exclusive shopping and recreation center for children, stands out in Tehran’s east. This five-story wonderland offers everything a child could wish for, from trendy clothes to toys, alongside a playhouse, talent discovery center, and even an acting school.

Other notable mentions include the Arg shopping center and Palladium mall in the north, as well as Tirajeh and Kourosh mall in the west, all equipped with playhouses for endless fun.

Museums Galore

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
International Dolls Museum, Tehran

Tehran prides itself on its child-friendly museums, such as the International Dolls Museum and the Museum of Iranian Dolls and Culture. These venues offer a glimpse into the diverse cultures of Iran and beyond, making for an educational and entertaining experience. The Nature and Wildlife Museum of Daarabad, with its extensive collection of taxidermied animals, is another must-visit for curious minds.

Unique Experiences

  • Bilino: This construction-themed park allows children to operate scaled-down machinery, offering a hands-on experience like no other.
  • Birds Garden: Home to over 55 bird species, this off-cage sanctuary provides an immersive zoological experience.
  • Traffic Parks: With 13 traffic parks scattered across the city, children learn about road safety while having fun with kid-sized electric vehicles.
Tehran Airport Transfer

Astronomy for Aspiring Astronomers

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Visiting Observatory in Zafaranieh, Tehran

The observatory in Zafaranieh, designed specifically for children, offers educational classes, seminars, and the chance to gaze at the stars through telescopes. This initiative by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults aims to spark an interest in astronomy from an early age.

Thrills and Chills

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Eram Park, Tehran

For those seeking excitement, Tehran does not disappoint. Eram Park, an outdoor amusement park, and indoor centers like Donyaye Bazi and Fereshteha are filled with rides, video games, and bumper cars to keep the adrenaline pumping.

A Literary Paradise

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Book Garden of Tehran

The Book Garden, Iran’s largest book center, not only sells books but also offers interactive facilities, making it an attraction for both children and adults. Its proximity to the National Library adds to its educational appeal.

Nature and Nurture

  • Ab o Atash Park: This park combines water and fire elements in its design, offering a unique spectacle alongside a play area for children.
  • Park Pardisan: Known for its running and biking lanes, this park is a popular spot for kite flying and outdoor activities.
  • The National Botanical Garden: A serene escape showcasing over 4000 types of flora, perfect for a family day out.
Ab-o-Atash Park, Tehran
Ab o Atash Park, Tehran

Cultural Connections

Tehran’s theatre scene is vibrant, with several venues offering performances for children. Talar Honar and Kanoon’s hall, among others, provide a platform for young audiences to engage with the performing arts.

In Tehran, every corner holds the promise of discovery and joy for families. From educational museums to exhilarating amusement parks and serene botanical gardens, the city offers a diverse array of activities to keep children entertained and inspired. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Tehran’s family-friendly attractions are sure to create lasting memories for your little ones.

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Driving and Traffic

Is Iran one of the most challenging places when it comes to driving and traffic? You bet! Sitting in a taxi with a low tempered driver who wants to pass every other car, or being stuck in the traffic for endless hours is not going to be pleasant. Plan your day to avoid the rush hours. We do recommend that you arrange a private tour, this way we provide reliable driver-guide who is familiar with the roads and time of traffic congestions, so you can leave the worries aside and enjoy your trip in safety and ease.

Crossing the streets

This might be the most challenging task of every single day. You probably will be surprised to see how people can cross such busy streets just by walking in between cars. The effort of crossing the kids to the other side can be tiresome.


Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Subway in Tehran

The subway system is called Metro. It is clean, frequent, reliable and it runs north-south and east-west. The first and last car of each train is exclusive for women only, yet this doesn’t mean a restriction for them from riding in other cars.

Definitely avoid the subway in rush hour period. The cars get over-crowded as literally millions of Tehranies use it to go to work or come back home.

It is best to use the rush hour time to relax in the hotel or stay in the museum or so, as streets are also blocked by traffic jams which experiencing it will leave you exhausted with headaches and disturbance.

Traveling within the country

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Traveling within Iran with Train

Iran is a large country. Average distance between the cities on the classic route is 350 to 500 kilometers. It is possible to travel by bus (the VIP bus has fewer and wider seats and is more comfortable), train (could be a railbus with seats or with sleeping cars, comfortable, but the journey normally takes longer than buses) and flight (easily found between major cities, and obviously more expensive ).

The main roads in Iran are generally in good condition, while the driver must always watch for other hideous drivers. While getting closer to the rural areas, roads get trickier and the number of cars decreases, but driving becomes more unpleasant. It is best to specially keep the distance from blue Zamyad pickup trucks on the road! Ask your guide about them.

Cultural norms

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Kids Having Fun in Naqshe Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran

As mentioned before, Iranians love kids, and you will always get lots of compliments about the beautiful baby you have. Yet they might not hesitate to touch cute babies and slightly pinch their cheeks.

Be polite yet serious if you don’t like strangers touch or kiss your kids, also tell your kids what to do in such situations. The same applies on taking photos. You might have endless requests to be in people’s pictures or they want to take picture of your kids. Think ahead about how you want to face these situations.

Another thing is getting candy from strangers!! I know it sounds strange, but giving small candy or sweets to children is a random act of kindness, yet it can ruin all you have taught to your kids about trusting the strangers. Iranian parents usually like this event and ask their kids to thank the stranger.

Some of the Cultural Norms in Iran

Now, Let’s explain some cultural norms which you might not find them elsewhere.

One is NazriNazri is any kind of food, from famous Iranian dishes like Gheimeh or Ash, to deserts like Halva and Shole-Zard or just sweets and dates, prepared to be given to neighbours, customers, or just people passing by. Don’t be surprised to see a tray of dates on a wooden stool in a sidewalk, especially on a thursday. You will witness that people passing by take one piece of sweets or a date on the go. Thursdays are considered the day to remember the passed members of the family and each passing person taking a piece of the food, gives a short prayer for the spirits.

Nazri especially gets more serious during the holy month of Muharram when Iranians have mourning ceremony for grandsun of the prophet, Hossein. No need to worry about the quality and health of Nazri foods, they are picked with care and generosity, in order to make the receiver satisfied and the deceased soul happy.


Taarof In Iran
Taarof In Iran

The other cultural norm that makes foreigners confused is T’arof. This is an act of politeness, when people offer something like inviting others to their home, not to accept money for something, or even pay for others. Trust me that even Iranians are confused by this, but remember that when someone is inviting you to something, it might be just a way of being kind and polite, and they might not be able or afford to fulfill what they are offering.

A good indication can be politely refusing the offer two times, and if they still insist you can decide if it is legit or not. This doesn’t mean that you have to refuse every single offer.

Iranians are very hospitable and love to have guests. Take the opportunity to go to an Iranian home and have some tea with them to see how they live. You will be surprised by the diversity of people’s life styles.

Don’t let go!!

Visiting Iran with Kids: Is it Safe and Family-Friendly?
Tehran Bazaar

Crowded sidewalks and bazaars are the worst place to let go of your child’s hand. Not that someone would kidnap the child, but the time from noticing your child is missing to the moment that you find her will be hell.

Being stuck between hundreds of people, whom half of them want to help, when you don’t understand their language, will leave you or your child with a trauma. Have the address and telephone of the hotel written on a piece of paper and put it in the kids pocket, or do as many western parents recommend these days, brand your child by writing the telephone number on their body.

In the event of a missing child, look around and ask shopkeepers or uniformed officials for help and ask someone to call the police. Rapid response number is 110 but finding English speaker operator is almost impossible.

And finally

You know better, that traveling with kids needs more effort and energy. It is best that you do the preparation way ahead of leaving home. Take clear photos of your passport and visa and send them to your email, so you can access the pictures rapidly and easily. Study about Iran’s currency and exchange which is yet another confusing topic. Bring some favorite toys of your child along.

If you are reserving a traditional boutique hotel or ecolodge, make sure how accessible these places are, as their design could be different from regular hotel standards. Try to learn some Farsi, especially words that indicate a certain allergy or food preference.

And finally keep in mind that most social media, such as facebook, twitter, youtube, etc, are blocked in Iran, due to the government’s policy, and some websites and apps could be inaccessible here, due to the US sanctions and restriction policies. It is a good idea to buy and install a VPN on your device before entering the country.

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Fereshteh Sabetian

Fereshteh Sabetian is a World Heritage Studies graduate, a solo traveler, a coffee enthusiast and a cat lover :)

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