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Dress Code in Iran

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1. What is the Dress Code in Iran?

“Hijab” or the Islamic dress-code is a necessity in Iran. However such rules are not observed strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners. 

In general, the rules are quite simple: for men, no short pants or extreme short sleeve . For women, head and hair must be covered, and it is also necessary to cover the body including neck, arms, and legs.

2. Is there any color restriction?

There is no such thing at all. You can freely choose whatever color you wish to stylize your clothing.

3. Is it mandatory to wear "Chador"?

No, not at all. Chador is a form of dress which is worn by some ladies in Iran. While wearing it is not a must, in some places such as mosques, holy shrines, and generally religious places all ladies are to wear one.

4. What to wear in general?

Ladies can choose to wear among a vast variety of a loose cloth called "Manteau" which is similar to a light overcoat to cover the body. And to cover the head and hair, ladies can use some kind of shawl or a scarf. Jeans and khakis can be worn to cover the legs. Also ladies can wear sandals with bare feet.

 

Facilities in Iran

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1. What kind of communication services are available in Iran?

Internet (both broadband and wireless), Fax, telephone, cellphone, and mail are the available telecommunication services available in Iran. IDD service is available. Country code is 98. Outgoing international code is 00. In case you need to make a short distance call in the street, the telephone booths are yellow and marked in English. There are also phone cards for domestic as well as international calls available.

2. How to access the internet while in Iran?

There are various ways available to access the global network in Iran. Cafe nets are the easiest way to do so. Most hotels, usually top rated ones offer internet access both in the lobby and in their rooms. Iranian mobile network providers such as "Hamrah-e Aval, Irancell, and Rightel" also provide mobile data connection on smartphones and tablet.

3. What is the electricity voltage in Iran?

220 volts AC, 50Hz. plugs are of the round two-pin type. If you have 110 volts appliance to use on your trip, like shaving machine, hair drier, etc., it is recommended to take a 110-to-220 plug with you while traveling.

4. Are there any English newspaper available in Iran?

Yes, there are. Local English newspaper as well as some international newspaper are available. Some local media channels such as Press TV, Sahar TV, Jam-e Jam, and Channel 4 have 24/7 English news and media broadcast.

5. How are the public transportation in Iran?

Just like any other country, public services such as metro, subway, bus, and taxi are readily available to ease the urban transportation. 

Health & Hygiene in Iran

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1.Is it possible to have a travel health insurance in Iran?
Absolutely yes. For those who are not able to get a travel health insurance prior to travel to Iran for any reason, it is possible to submit for a travel health insurance while in Iran. For more information please refer to Travel Health Insurance via WorldTravelIran.com

2.What are the emergency numbers in Iran?
115 is the medical emergency number in Iran.

3.Is vaccination necessary to travel to Iran?
The World Health Organization recommends that all travelers regardless of the region they are travelling in should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, as well as hepatitis B. While making preparations to travel, take the opportunity to ensure that all of your routine vaccination cover is complete. However, in Iran outbreaks are rare.

4.How is the health observed in Iran?
According to UNICEF, in the past three decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has adopted a policy aimed at more strongly addressing the needs of its population. a Primary Health Care network has been established throughout the country. In rural areas, each village or group of villages contains a Health House, staffed by trained “Behvarz” or community health workers. These Health Houses, which constitute the basic building blocks for Iran’s health network, are the health system’s first point of contact with the community in rural areas. In addition, Rural Health Centers were put in place. They include a physician, a health technician and an administrator, and deal with more complex health problems. In urban areas, similarly distributed urban health posts and Health Centers have been established. The whole network is managed and administered through District Health Centers, answerable to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. The universities of medical sciences, of which one exists in each province, play an important role in medical education and in the provision of health services. The Chancellor of the university as executive director of the provincial health services is also in charge of all district health centers and hospitals.

5.How is health coverage observed in Iran?
A World Bank report found that compared to the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, "health indicators [in Iran] are usually above regional averages. This success is based on the effective delivery of primary health care which almost balanced health care outcomes in rural and urban areas." Because the Iranian constitution guarantees basic health care, most public clinics, vaccination programs and prescription drugs are heavily subsidized by the state. According to the Economist, around 73% of Iranians are insured through the public health ministry and the social security program.

6.What are the significant health indicators in Iran?
According to UNICEF, Iran has fairly good health indicators. More than 85 per cent of the population in rural and deprived regions, for instance, has access to primary health care services. The infant mortality rate is 28.6 per 1,000 live births; under-five mortality rate is 34 per 1,000 and maternal mortality rate is 25 per 100,000 live births. Poliomyelitis has been reduced to the point of near-eradication and the coverage of immunization for children and pregnant women is very extensive. Access to safe drinking water has been provided for over 90 per cent of Iran’s rural and urban population. More than 80 per cent of the population has access to sanitary facilities.

7.How is the medical equipment in Iran?
With over 400 medical research facilities and 76 medical magazine indexes available in the country, Iran is the 19th country in medical research and is set to become the 10th within 10 years (2012). Clinical sciences are invested in highly in Iran. The Department of Medical Equipment in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) is responsible for supervising imports in this segment. Iran has undergone the primary stages of development in terms of industrialization and a strong indigenous manufacturing capability exists in the country.

Foods & Drinks in Iran

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1. What kind of meat usually is served in Iran?

The meat usually served in the restaurants is chicken, veal, fish and lamb. Turkey, quail and shrimp also available, but no pork, snake, frog, dog or other kinds.

2. What about the vegetarians?

The vegetarians can order raw or cooked vegetables in the hotels as well as restaurants. It is also recommended to let your tour guide know about it beforehand so that he/she can arrange it for you, because in some restaurants people need to be already informed. That is because it is not so popular in Iran to be a vegetarian. Please note this is for standard vegetarians and not vegans, since it is too difficult to cater by eliminating all dairy and other requirements of vegans. Vegetarians may have to order special prepared food, in case no vegetarian food is available.

3. What kind of drink is served in Iran?

Coffee is almost served in any coffee shop or tea-house all around the big cities. In the hotels' lobbies and coffee shops almost in all cities and towns and even in some restaurant coffee is served. You can buy any kinds of soft non-alcoholic drinks. There are Iranian made drinks as well as international brands served everywhere. People drink tap water. It is filtrated and refined before supplied to them. Alternatively, you can take Iranian bottled water prepared according to the international standards for both domestic and export uses. Additionally, rosewater and douq which are traditional Iranian drinks are served in almost any restaurants.

4. What about alcoholic drinks and beverages?

No matter in what form,  it is forbidden to have alcoholic food or beverage, to trade with alcohol, and to serve alcohol. 

5. What kind of bread do the Iranians have?

Iranian bread is flat, and varying. Different sorts of flat bread, baked in traditional ways, is available.

6. What does the Iranian food usually taste?

Iranian food is delicately flavored with organic herbs and mild spices such as dill, tarragon, saffron and turmeric.

Money in Iran

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Here are the most frequently asked questions about money in Iran.

1. What is the official currency of Iran?

The rial (ISO 4217 code IRR) is the currency of Iran. Although the "toman" is no longer an official unit of Iranian currency, Iranians commonly express amounts of money and prices of goods in "tomans." For this purpose, one "toman" equals 10 rials. Despite this usage, amounts of money and prices of goods are virtually always written in rials. For example, the sign next to a loaf of bread in a store would state the price in rials, e.g., "200 Rials," even though the clerk, if asked, would say that the bread costs "20 tomans." There are both coins and notes in use here in Iran; the biggest existing coin is 5000 Rials and the smallest is 250 Rials, and in notes the biggest is 100,000 IRR and the smallest is 1000 IRR. There is also a 500,000 IRR travel check in use that functions very much like the biggest note in use.

2. What are the popular international currencies in Iran?

While almost all currencies around the world are known and accepted by exchange shops and offices, the American Dollar, Euro, and the British Pound are the top international currencies widely used and accepted by Iranian people. 

3. Is it possible to use credit cards while in Iran?

The global banking system here is the subject to international embargoes at the moment; and that’s why you are required to make your tour payment in cash on arrival, and also you are highly recommended to take enough cash on you for the daily expenses and small shopping because you are not able to withdraw money from your bank accounts in Iran. Also it doesn’t mean you cannot use your credit cards in any way. 

4. Where to exchange money in Iran?

Exchange offices are in almost all major cities' shopping areas in Iran. American Dollars, British Pounds, Euros, and almost all currencies can be exchanged easily. It also is possible to exchange money already at the airport.

5. Is it possible to use ATMs while in Iran?

ATMs exist in most cities, and there are point-of-sale devices in many larger stores, but only local bank cards are accepted.

6. Which currency to use for shopping in Iran?

Use Iranian Rial for daily shopping. Goods such as bottled water, cookies, snacks, and daily refreshments are sold in Rials. For shopping souvenirs and handicrafts Iranian Rial and other well-known currencies like U.S Dollar and Euro can be used. 

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