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Entry:


What may not be taken into Iran?


 

On the basis of rules and regulation of I.R.Iran , entrance of some goods and or its export is totally prohibited . some of those goods are as follows:

1-     Alcoholic drinks

2-     Gambling tools

3-     Weapons, ammunition and explosive goods

4-     Narcotic drugs

5-     Magazines, photos, film and snaps and those goods which is against religious and national dignity of the country.

6-     Any type of writings against the official region of the country and or discipline disturbance and public purity and national dignity.

The export goods is exempted of paying customs duties and taxes but paying the loading , unloading and warehousing is included .

 

Who will be denied the entry ?

Anyone without the valid passport, Iranian visa or other valid entry certificate
Anyone with a counterfeit or altered passport or anyone holding another person's passport or certificate
Anyone who refuses to accept the checks
Anyone who is deported from the country by the Iranian government with an entry-deny period
Anyone who is considered to be related to any activities of terror, violence and other antisocial behavior

Anyone who is drunk while entering the country

 

Insurance:

Whether you travel outside your home country on business or pleasure, any international trip may have some unforeseen factors, which may result in an accident. We suggest that all travelers take out travel insurance or any other insurance providing cover for your international travel. This will definitely protect you against any accidental events happening on your travels, including illness, injury, theft or other losses. The category of insurance you choose is dependant on your personal financial condition and requirements of course.

Pars Tourist agency can insure the travelers up to ......... EURO while charging you  ..... EURO per day. This may not be enough to cover any sudden problems that may arise during a tour. Therefore, some other kind of personal accidence insurance, purchased in your own country, is also necessary.

 

Health:

Pay attention to both your hands and mouth. They are two sources of bacterial infection. Better to wash your hands after returning from the outside, before eating anything and after sneezing or coughing. All the food you eat is suggested to be well cooked or heated. The fruits you eat should be fresh and peeled. Be careful when you eat any cold dishes and salads. Do not eat these at street food stalls. It is better to use drinkable bottled mineral water. Do not drink tap water as much as possible!

In Iran there is a variety of dishes, but eating some together may be problematic. While you don't know about the food you want to eat, try to ask an Iranian fellow.

 

Money Matters:

The Iranian official currency is the Rial. Rials are available in coins (50, 100, 250, 500 Rls.) and notes (1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000 and 20.000 Rls.). Coins are marked just in Persian but papers are marked in Persian and English script and numerals.

Not any kind of credit card or traveler's cheques is accepted in Iran. Most of the tourists coming to Iran encounter this problem with their payments. So bringing cash is recommended!

The exchange rates may change quite often. Currency exchange costs are same both in Bazaars and exchange offices. One can exchange money in reputable exchange offices easier and sooner. Most of the valid exchange offices in the main cities are as follow:

Tehran: on Istanbul Ave.

Shiraz: on Zand Ave.

Isfahan: around Imam Square

 

In order to be updated about the currency rate, you can refer to the website of Iran Melli Bank www.bmi.ir

The following currencies can easily be exchanged at any money exchanger's:

US Dollars, British Pounds, Japanese Yen (hard currencies) and Euros. There are also other currencies available.

 

What To Bring:

Money: Just cash

Files and Documents: Passport, Visa, air/train ticket, ID certificate, destination map (if you have one), travel itinerary, address list
Personal Articles for Use: personal tooth brush, towels, bathing articles, contact lens solution, daily toiletries, comb, sun glasses, suntan oil, shaving items, disinfectant tissues and bandage

Others: camera, films, batteries, electrical converter, alarm clock (if needed), a pen and memo pad (to write down something important during your travel), necessary cold, indigestive and anti- allergic medicines, umbrella, etc.

 

Group Travel:

The simplest and most comfortable way of traveling to Iran at a reasonable price is in a group. Participants will have their itinerary, hotel accommodation and meals, and sightseeing program booked in advance. The price offered by Pars tourist agency will cover nearly all the expense occurring during the trip, so you will not have any additional costs except shopping.

As soon as you arrive in Iran, a tour guide supplied by the local travel agency will pick up you at the airport. He/she will accompany you in the future days and is in charge of taking you to the scenic spots.

All these guides are very competent, both in terms of organizing the trip and in their knowledge of the country and its sights, and their ability to communicate. They could deal with all kinds of situations and help you to avoid many difficulties, greatly enriching your trip in Iran.

 

Passport & Visa:

It does not matter how you intend to come to Iran, alone or in a group, we can get the Iran visa for you, only for 35 USD per person.
    Obtaining an Iranian visa for either an individual or a group is a three-part process:
-First, you will need to fill out our online visa request form Within 48 hours of submitting the form, we will confirm that we can secure a visa for you.
-Second, we will inform you when your visa has been granted and provide a reference number for you. This process usually takes 7 business days. You may then proceed to the consulate, complete some additional paperwork listed below and collect your visa.
-Third, confirm your arrival date in Iran with PARS and make payment for our service in our Shiraz office.

Pars Tourist Agency (P.T.A)

Zand Street 71358

Next to Iran Cinema

Shiraz, Iran

Necessary documents and fees required at the time you collect your Iranian visa at the Consulate:

 

1. You will need to fill out the standard visa application form at the consulate where you want to collect your visa.

2. You will need to bring two passport-sized photos of each applicant to the consulate (Women need to have a photo in which their hair and neck should be covered with a headscarf) Here is a sample photo:

3. You will need to pay the standard visa application fee to the consulate where you collect your visa (this fee varies depending on your nationality). The payment is usually made to a local bank near the consulate.

4. Your passport and visa will generally be available the afternoon of the same day you or the next day.

Note: PARS Tourist agency charges a separate $35 fee for our service in securing the visa.

 

Important Notes:

 

1. Some countries have more than one Iranian consulate while others have none. Please specify the exact consulate in which you would like to pick up your visa. You may click on the link above to find a list of consulates.

2. We will take appropriate actions in order to extend your visa if it will expire during your visit, once you are in Iran.

3. Visas for Malaysia & Singapore nationals will be issued upon entering Iranian.

4. Visas for all C.I.S countries, except for Russia & Armenia, will only be issued at the Iranian consulates in their respective C.I.S countries.

5. We will do our best to secure your visa and take care of all the necessary details; however the final decision rest with the government of Iran therefore we cannot guarantee when and if a visa will be granted.

6. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months.

 

Exit:

Again you are required to present the valid passport and Iranian visa when exiting from the country. All travelers should leave the country within the allotted stay-period marked on their visas.

The international airports in Iran are as follow:

1.Imam Khumeini International Airport (Tehran)

2.Mehrabad International Airport (Tehran)

3.Shiraz Airport: It has flights to many Arab countries

4.Mashhad Airport: It has flights to countries north of Iran.

5.Isfahan Airport: It has flights to some Arab countries.

6.Tabriz Airport: It has flights to countries north of Iran.

For more information go to www.cao.ir.

On surface, you can go from Iran to Turkey through Bazargan and Seru, to Armenia through Julfa, to Azerbaijan through Astara, to Turkmenistan through Bajgiran, to Afghanistan through Sarakhs and to Pakistan through Mirjaveh.

 

 

When to Come:

The best travel time is determined on which part of the country you are going to visit and on which months your itinerary is falling. Generally we can divide the region into 4 categories:

Spring: All parts of the country

Summer: West and Northwest

Fall: All parts of the country

Winter: Center, East, South and South west

 

 

Clothing:

Perhaps the most visible mark of Iran's Islamic leanings is the conservative dress expected of its citizens. Although normal, Western style clothing is acceptable in private homes, when in public women are required to cover everything but their face, hands and feet.

The most common uniform consists of a head scarf  to conceal the head and neck, a formless, knee-length coat known as a roo-poosh and a long dress or pair of pants. In and around holy sites, you will be expected to dress even more modestly in a chādor, a full-length swathe of black cloth designed to cloak everything but your face from view.

The dress code can be daunting during your preparation, but roo-saris, roo-pooshes and chādors can be bought cheaply in Iran. Watch or ask friendly Iranian women for guidance and marvel at how young women are pushing the boundaries of modesty with colorful head scarves that cover only a fraction of their hair and figure-hugging roo-pooshes that reveal every curve of their bodies.

Men have a slightly easier time of things. Short-sleeved shirts and t-shirts are acceptable for daily wear, but long sleeved shirts are still required for holy sites and formal occasions. Shorts and three-quarter length pants are only acceptable on the beach.

 

Customs:

Customs green / red channels

 

green Channel

 

  Those passengers can pass the green channel who:

A) Do not have the following goods:

1- Arms and ammunitions

2- Disks, audio / video tapes

3- Books and magazines against the Islamic and national believes of the country.

4- Wireless telephone and sender

5- Seed and cutting, flower bulb

6- Gambling tools

7- Alcoholic drinks

8- Narcotics

 

B) Have the first trip in the current year or do not use the passenger exemption in their previous trips.

 

C) Do not have business goods and the value of their new goods do not exceed 80 dollars for each person.

 

  Red Channel

 

Those passengers pass the red channel who:

1-     Have had more than one trip to other countries in the current year.

2-     Have goods which aren’t considered as business goods or their goods cost more than legal level.

3-     Or have one of the eight above mentioned goods ( in green channel )

 

note 1

    The green channel dose not  mean than the customs do not perform the investigation of goods .

    The customs officers can select some of the passengers of green channel and investigate their goods. If they do not have the requirements for passing through this channel, their declaration will be illegal and their goods will be considered as smudging.

note 2

 

If a passenger do not have any goods or his / her goods cost less than 80 dollars, in order to be able to use the remain of his / her exemption in his / her other trips, he/she should pass through red channel. The customs officers should pass through red channel. The customs officers will mention the case in his/her passport.

note 3

     In the case of no items mentioned in the passenger’s passport, he / she can use the passenger exemption.

     Customs can urge the passengers to complete the declaration presented to them at the gate of entry/exit, in order to investigate the passengers’ goods according to their written declaration.

      In the case of any difference between the passenger’s goods and his/her declaration, the goods not mentioned in declaration or declared illegally supposed as smuggled goods.



Individual Travel:

For those individual travelers, three ways could be chosen:

The first, also the most comfortable but, accordingly, the most expensive way is to book a full package tour through a travel agency. Everything is pre-booked, including the flights, journey, accommodation, meals and transfers. Like group travel, a qualified tour guide from Pars Tourist Agency is available in each town to help with putting together and arranging a sightseeing program.

The second way is booking a mini-package tour. The travel agency is only responsible for booking flights, accommodation and transfers while the travelers have to plan the sightseeing program themselves. Normally, the traveler is met at the airport or Bus Terminal of each town. He/ she then is taken to the hotel. Traveler could discuss their plans for sightseeing there and have them arranged for a fee.

The last one is a completely independent travel, without any pre-booking. This form of traveling in Iran has increased in recent years since it seems to be more flexible and freely. The travelers of this kind have to arrange everything, the flights, accommodation, meals, transfers and sightseeing program themselves. Difficult as these things are, they provide you a good chance to contact Iranian people and practice your ability to deal with various unexpected events. In order to make the travel smooth, you are recommended to book your air tickets and accommodation as soon as you arrive.