To stay healthy while traveling in Iran, drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks, frequently wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer, and eat a balanced diet, including fruits, veggies, and lean protein.
Exploring new destinations and sampling local cuisine are primary travel motivators. However, staying healthy while on vacation is also important.
Tourists love trying new foods and exploring new places, but staying healthy while vacationing is a big concern. Just because you are on vacation does not mean it is time to break from healthy eating. Here are some essential tips to stay healthy while traveling to Iran:
The way we travel has changed after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Before your trip
To ensure a smooth and memorable trip to Iran, it is important to consider the following factors before traveling:
Purchase comprehensive travel insurance
Before traveling, it’s crucial to secure comprehensive travel insurance that covers all medical expenses, including those with no excess. This way, if you fall ill, you can rest assured that all medical costs will be taken care of.
Before traveling to Iran, it’s recommended to get vaccinated against diseases such as COVID, hepatitis, and influenza. Consult a doctor at least 6 months prior to your trip to determine the necessary vaccines. Some vaccinations require multiple doses over a period of time, so plan ahead to ensure you have all necessary shots.
It’s always best to prepare for the possibility of falling ill, so pack a well-stocked medical kit for your trip to Iran. While antibiotics and other medications can easily be purchased without a prescription at local pharmacies, bringing some pain relievers and cold remedies is still a good idea. These essentials can provide peace of mind and ease any discomfort if needed.
It’s important to take precautions with food and drink as contaminated food and water can cause gastrointestinal problems.
During your trip
Nothing can turn a trip into a disaster like illness. Therefore, it is better to carefully read the following tips before traveling to Iran.
Clean your hands often
Regular hand washing or use of hand sanitizer can prevent the spread of germs acquired from touching surfaces. Touching your face after coming into contact with germs on your hands increases the risk of illness, so make sure to clean your hands frequently. Remember to sanitize before eating for added protection.
Drink only bottled or purified water to ensure safe and clean hydration
While tap water is generally safe in Iran, drinking only bottled or filtered water is recommended for added safety. Various local and foreign brands, including Nestlé, O Life, and Aquafina, are widely available for purchase.
Taking probiotics regularly before traveling to Iran can boost digestive health. Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria that keep the stomach functioning properly and defend against harmful bacteria. Start taking probiotics daily a few months before your trip and bring a travel-friendly, non-refrigerated probiotic supplement.
Drink from a straw
To avoid contamination, don’t drink directly from the bottle. Use a straw instead, reducing the risk of ingesting unclean substances.
Milad Hospital is the largest specialized and subspecialized hospital in Iran.
Healthcare in Iran
Iran has been very successful in training and educating the necessary human resources for its health system.
The system of almost 30 years ago, where the country was facing a shortage of all kinds of skilled personnel in the health and medical sector has been completely changed into one in which the necessary professionals now completely suffice the country’s needs.
There are now 488 government funded hospitals in Iran. In 2012, 30,000 people visited Iran each year to receive medical treatment. Most health tourists were from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, India and Pakistan.
What to do if you get sick in Iran
If you are staying in a big hotel, medical assistance should be readily available around the clock. If not, some private health centers operate 24/7 not only for emergencies but for everything else, even a sore throat or allergy.
Doctors’ offices can be identified by white rectangular signs on the outside of buildings.
In case you fall sick in Iran, you can easily find a doctor in major cities such as Tehran.
Many of these doctors are well-educated, including some who have been trained abroad and hold university positions. You can make an appointment by calling their office during working hours.
Popular doctors may have long waiting periods, but you can still get a same-day appointment with another specialist.
Most doctors in Iran speak English and understand medical terms, making communication easy. Look for white rectangular signs outside buildings to locate medical offices that may have X-rays and lab services.
How to get emergency help?
In case of emergency, you can dial 115 (with or without a SIM) for ambulance services or call the nearest hospital. It’s recommended to carry the contact information of your embassy and insurance company, in case you need to seek their assistance. If you have a serious medical condition, it’s advisable to carry a copy of your medical records and a letter from your doctor explaining your condition and medications.
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.
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