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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 12, 2017
Is there budget accomodation in Iran?  (1 Answer)

Hello all
I'm in the early stages of planning an Iran holiday and am wondering what budget options are like or if they are even recommended?
I'm sure pricey hotels are readily available but are there hostels, B&B's etc?
Thanks everyone!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 17, 2017
Train Tehran to Tabriz.  (3 Answers)

I need to get from Tehran to Tabriz mid April. I wonder how safe the overnight train is for an older woman travelling on her own? What would be an alternative to the train, it seems the flights are very expensive.
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 07, 2016
Is a private tour guide required for EU (Italy) US dual citizen?  (1 Answer)

Hello all. Planning on traveling to Iran as a EU and US dual citizen. Is a EU/US citizen required to obtain a private tour guide while traveling Iran?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 02, 2016
Working in shiraz for 3 months  (3 Answers)

I am a British Iranian currently living in the UK. I am on my gap year and Im travelling back home to shiraz for 3 months to teach english. I will also be working very closely with tourists. I will be in shiraz from 15th September 2016 until 15th December 2016. If there is anyone who is travelling in the south of Iran and is need of a tour guide or help from a fellow traveller please don't hesitate to contact me on [email]. Always happy to help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 21, 2016
17 going to Iran  (3 Answers)

I am 17 and i'm going to Iran with my family. I can understand and speak Farsi fairly well. But i'm worried about if there is any trouble. My mom and dad are Iranian citizens. I have never been to Iran so am i a citizen? Also will i be drafted into the military? I have a 14 year old brother will he have any problems? Anything else i have to know before i go? Will i be allowed to leave? What precautions should i take? Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2016
Tehran Airport (IKA) transit question - connecting flight process.  (3 Answers)

I'm traveling with my family from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul via Tehran IKA Airport.
I will be on Airasia to Tehran, with a 5 hour layover and then on Pegasus Airline to Istanbul.

I have my Pegasus tickets - but there is no online check-in and will need to collect boarding passes in Tehran.

Q. Has anyone done this?
Is there a transit desk air-side to do this or must I clear customs to land-side and back in to air-side (and if so - do I require a Visa)?

I have found very limited information on the internet - at least not in English, but there is some mention of a TWOV (Transit With Out Visa) if your layover is less than 12 hours, but cannot confirm.

Any information will be appreciated - thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2016
what's the name of the special tea leaf in Iran?  (2 Answers)

My friend gave me a bag of dry leaves after her visiting to Iran, she didn't know the name of it.">

She tasted the tea in a local resident's home and love it at once and bought it then. The leaf smells wonderful, I boiled water with some leaves, the water's color turns from green to red finally. It smells like kind of lemon mixed with other aromatherapy massage oil. I never saw such leaves in China, it's a small tiny round shape leaf,"> 

I think it should be a herb for tea, and I want to know the name of it and try to buy it myself. Thanks in advance if any one know.">

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2016
New Year in Iran and travel then  (3 Answers)

We will be going to Iran March 29, 2017 for about 24 days.

What, if any, are the issues with traveling during the Iran New Year?

Thank you

Joe Whitehouse

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 19, 2016
Alborz Mountains

I plan to see Alborz Mountains next week. Start Karaj by bus to Chalus then Rasht, stay 1 night, visit Masouleh, Rudkhan Castle, Fouman in 1 day, stay 1 night; then to Qazvin via Alumat Castle.

Is this a good plan? Should I start from Qazvin first.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 14, 2016
All best places to see  (2 Answers)

We can spend as long as a month in Iran (but will do Jordan and Oman) so we look toward getting a driver/guide and seeing a long list being developed by people suggesting locations to see.

Please share you likes and places you wished you might have gone.

Thank you.

Joe Whtiehouse

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 08, 2016
Iranian Debit Card  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone

I’m planning my next trip to Iran and I’m so excited to visit a new country very soon. Also during this trip, I’ll be travelling in the same style I did several times, as a independent solo traveller .

Yo know that credit and debit cards are useless in Iran due to sanctions, so I have to bring enough hard currency for the duration of my stay. That is my biggest concern 

I have read that  there is a possibility to get a pre-paid gift card also called tourist-card from most of banks in Iran to avoid to carry too much cash.


Is there anybody who has tested this service?  Do you recommend it?


Thanks a lot


Happy travels


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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 24, 2016
accomodation in mashad and qom

I am planing to visit Iran with my Family inshallah in the month of April 2016 for Pilgrimage, I am looking for help in booking accomodation in Mashad and QOM, shall appreciaate if any body can help me in this regard.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 22, 2016
Need a private tour guide  (1 Answer)

Hi everyone, I intend to visit Iran this April.
Could anyone recommend me a private tour guide?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 31, 2016
Which areas to stay in Teheran, Esfehan and Shiraz?  (5 Answers)

I have just booked one week in Iran in April with a female friend!

We will land in Teheran at 6 a.m. on 15/4 and 23/4 we will leave again from Shiraz at 2.30 a.m. The plan is to spend two nights in Teheran, get a bus to Esfehan and stay for two or three nights and probably a taxi to Shiraz stopping in Pasargadae and Persepolis on the way.

But finding hotels is not that easy as none of the major booking sights offers hotels in Iran. We have found , but the hotels do not have any ratings so we are comparing with the ratings found on Trip Advisor.

Which areas should we choose to stay in within the three cities? We will visit the major cultural sights in every city and would like to walk to restaurants in the night for dinner. If possible; please advise us with some hotel names. We are looking at 4 star hotels costing up to €50 per night.

Thanks from Lena

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 22, 2016
USA stops ESTA visa waiver program for tourists who visited Iran?  (5 Answers)

Hi there!
I just learned from newspaper in my home country (Greece), that USA stops ESTA visa waiver program for foreign tourists of all (?) visa waiver countries who visited Iran after 2011.
They will still let you apply the standard way for visa from embassy, as the old system was
which is more expensive, complicated, uncertain, time consuming ...
Do you know if all that is true?
If so, it brings a serious difficulty for traveling to or transit through USA.
Very unfortunate and unnecessary...
Iran is opening, but USA is closing.? .. crazy.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 15, 2015
Booking Dizin Hotel  (2 Answers)

Has anyone got the phone number of Dizin Hotel, Iran? Either the numbers on the internet doesn't seem to work, or no one picks up. When we filled up the form on the hotel website, we don't get any response.
We tried booking through an agent, but the payment method is via another country to a different entity, no mention to the services we are paying for is permitted, invoice is shoddy, and we feel uncomfortable with the whole arrangement. Is there a way we can verify that the agent and the payment is genuine?
Feeling frustrated with the whole thing but it is too late to cancel our travel plans.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 08, 2015
Confirmation of new rules: giving 30 days Visa On Arrival!  (2 Answers)

Hi there!
I was there 2 weeks ago, and got a 30 days visa on arrival at IKA airport.
I didn't really need it, nor asked for it, they just gave it.
I had a Greek passport, without any preauthorization code. They didnt ask about photos, hotel, or anything, just very quiet procedure.
Only be careful on the application form, there was a place to write a name of sponsor-address - tel, so I wrote of my hotel manager's.
The cost of visa was 60 euro.
I couldn't understand what happened with health insurance, I had my own, showed them, they didn't seem to care about that.
Anyway, things are getting easier, and hope to improve rules for all passports, since the news say it is only for some, yet..
Also, while travelling, I was approached by 2 seperate survey people, who were making study of how to increase tourism (one in Shiraz and one in Yazd). Things seem to be changing, slowly though...
It is a great country, with great people, do go there!
happy travels to all!!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 15, 2015
Low budget / backpacking trip to Iran next week! Easy or hard?  (10 Answers)

hi travelers out there!
I'm flying next week to Iran (planning for a VOA at Tehran airport), and wanted your advise and recommendations regarding the feasibility and rewardness of doing the trip in low budget / backpacking terms.
So this means no tour group, stay at simple hotels / hostels, walk a lot, use public transport etc.
Do you think this is easy to be done, could I find and book on the ground cheap choices (which I 'd prefer) or should book ahead? It must be low season now...
The main cities to visit are Tehran, Yazd, Shiraz, Esfahan (in 2 week trip, solo) and I'm mostly interested in seeing life there, traditions, feel a bit of the atmosphere of the country, maybe get out of the city here or there....
If you have experiences, recommendations for simple hotels at these cities (no luxuries at all, just clean and safe) or any travel suggestions, please do share, as many as you like!
Also, it would be very convenient if I could find train tickets on the spot, I'm a kind of train traveler when possible, do you think it is easy?
all the best!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 26, 2015
Need authorisation code for Visa On Arrival?  (7 Answers)

Hi there! I plan to fly to Tehran in October and get a VOA at the airport, for 15 days stay. I wonder if it is reliable to get that kind of visa, and if I should have an pre-authorisation code. I read at  threads that you basically need that code to get visas at home country, but is it necessary for VOA? Also, the return ticket, or hotel bookings are important to have booked and bring printed reservations in advance? (I plan to have return ticket)
It is mentioned  that some travelers got a VOA with just an one way ticket - then if so, must be a bit relaxed situation? Although not all internet posts are good news. 
(My passport is Greek)
many thanks, looking forward to hear some experiences and recommendations!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 29, 2015
Place to stay in Amol  (3 Answers)

Hi there,

we are planning to shoot a documentary in Amol in october. We are looking for a place to stay; hotel or homestay. There is practically no information on the internet. There are some hotels near the Caspian See, but we are really looking for a place in the city.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 13, 2015
Travelling to and hints  (10 Answers)

Hi I am planning to travel to Iran during the first week of September. I will arrive by airplane to Tehran, spend 3 days there and then I would like to visit Isfahan and Shiraz. I will return from Shiraz to Tehran by airplane but I don't have any idea what will be my transportation from Tehran to Isfahan and then from Isfahan to Shiraz. Anyone knows what will be the best way to do this route? On the other hand is it worth visiting Isfahan or to travel directly to Shiraz? any tips and hints in general for travelling to Iran? Thank you all in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 16, 2015
cheap tour company in Iran  (2 Answers)

any one no of a cheap tour company plz?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 07, 2015
Saha Air Boeing 707  (7 Answers)

Does anyone know if Sara Airlines still operates Boeing 707 ? Or any other airline in the world perhaps

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2015
travelling to Iran as a young Iranian american woman  (7 Answers)

I am a young Iranian American woman and am interested in travelling to Iran on an Iranian passport
next summer (summer 2016). Since my relatives live in Tehran, and I would be needing to travel to the smaller
cities, like Esfehan and Shiraz and Kashan, I heard from Iranian woman living in America that I cannot stay in hotels as woman alone on an Iranian passport. The Iranian intersection also told me that I cannot travel to Iran if I am an dual citizen on an American passport. (I know foreign woman can stay in hotels alone in Iran). Is there any other Iranian American woman out there willing to make the trip with me? It is legal to stay in a hotel with another woman over there, not another unmarried male. I have been to Iran before (to Tehran) when I was fifteen, but would now like to explore a bit outside of Tehran. If so please contact me on the forum and we can exchange emails.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2015
Swedish with Iranian father - problems visiting Iran with school?  (5 Answers)

Hello, I'm a Swedish uni student with an Iranian father (whom I permanently cut all ties with a year ago) and recently found out that him being Iranian makes me a dual Swedish-Iranian citizen.

Now, I am expected to go to Tehran with my university for an informal event, and need to know: I lack any form of Iranian ID and my father fled Iran illegally. So, if I enter with my passport and a tourist visa on arrival, can Iranian authorities see in their System that I'm an Iranian citizen?

If there is ANY way they can, I have to arrange the renunciation of my Iranian citizenship, which I have already contacted their embassy in Stockholm about. I will NOT enter the country if I cannot assure that I will be treated exclusively as a foreigner while there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2015
Going to Iran and 2 weeks later to the US. Any problems with Iranian visa in passport?  (2 Answers)

Hello everyone,
I am going to a international waterpolo tournament with the national Team of Austria, in which I Play to Teheran for a week starting 22. May till 30 of May. two weeks later, on the 14th of june I am leaving for the United States for a holiday in california. Do you think I will have any problems that I have visited Iran, or because of the Iranian visa in my passport? I also already have my ESTA from a trip to the US in december last year so there is no Need to do another since ist valid for two years right?
thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 23, 2015
overnight train from Tehran to Shiraz  (1 Answer)

Hi everyone! We'll be visiting Iran in May and we want to travel from Tehran to Shiraz. We want to do that by overnight train. However, booking a domestic train from outside Iran seems to be quite impossible. Can someone here proof us wrong and please show us how to book a train?

kind regards,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 22, 2015
transport in Iran  (6 Answers)

anyone no if i can treval in Iran do all the tour by my self as a british woman or i need tour company? I only speak english do I have to speak Farsi?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 22, 2015
accommodation in tahran Iran  (1 Answer)


any one no if there's a hostel in Iran b in Tehran plz?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 30, 2015
Entry Iran by car  (1 Answer)

Does anybody know if its ok ATA Carnet to entry Iran by car? Thanks

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