Top 10 challenges for tourists entering Iran
Traveling to a new destination is sure to bring challenges. Entering an environment with a different culture, language, and rules from your hometown or residence country, generally causes people to face challenges. Iran is no exception; Iranian people, with their rich and thousands of years old civilization, have their own unique style in many cultural and social affairs. In this article, we are going to examine these issues in an unbiased approach and provide you with the necessary guidance to overcome these challenges.
Apart from a limited number of countries, nationals of most countries are required to apply for a visa to enter Iran. Obtaining an Iran visa may be difficult for some tourists; there are no complete and comprehensive references available for obtaining information. Also, the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs website contains relatively vague information that may confuse applicants.
Deytrips team is fully familiar with the rules and process of obtaining an Iran visa. We are fully prepared to accompany you at all stages and carry out this process with a minimum of time and participation from your side.
If you want to carry out this process yourself, we will provide you with all the necessary guidance.
2. Airport problems
The airport is the first stop that foreign tourists step into. International airports usually have a large space and a large volume of passengers are constantly moving through it. One of the challenges that foreign tourists face in Iran’s airports is the high volume of passengers compared to the airport’s capacity. This can lead to confusion and stress. The high number of gates and the problem of long queues is not something that anyone wants to deal with upon arrival.
Deytrips’ guide will accompany you at the airport right from the start of your trip. This guide will help you through everything. So the airport process will be done and completed by spending the least amount of energy and cost.
3. Unfavorable financial infrastructure
One of the biggest challenges for tourists entering Iran has to do with financial issues and currency exchanges; In Iran it is not possible to shop using credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard.
International sanctions, and the disconnection of Iranian banks with the world banks networks, requires tourists traveling to Iran to carry cash, which they might find troubling.
In any case, due to the sanctions and lack of connection of Iranian banks to the global network, foreign tourists should carry a certain amount of cash with them. By booking flights and accommodation, Deytrips allows you to pay in advance and therefore carry less cash with you. Also, by obtaining a tourist card, Deytrips offers you the opportunity to deposit the amount you are carrying into an Iranian credit card and have peace of mind.
The Persian language, the most spoken language in Iran, has a very old origin and is completely different from the Indo-European languages. Therefore, it is natural that tourists, especially those whose language is Latin, have no idea of the words and speech of Iranian people. This makes communication very difficult and complicated. Cultural differences exacerbate this communication problem.
Deytrips will arrange a professional guide for you who is fluent in both your language and the language of the locals. This guide also covers cultural issues and will keep you up to date on all matters.
5. The amount of attractions to visit
With more than 30 cultural and natural attractions registered in UNESCO, Iran is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Tourists who travel to Iran from other continents and countries will naturally strive to make the most of their trip and visit Iran Unique attractions as often as possible. But unfortunately, their time which is limited and the geography of Iran which is vast, make this somewhat difficult.
The Deytrips team, providing you with a detailed and targeted plan and itinerary, makes this possible for you to benefit from Iran’s natural, cultural and historical attractions. In this way, you will not only make the most of your time, but you will encounter wonders that you would not otherwise have the opportunity to visit.
Another major challenge for tourists entering Iran has to do with accommodation; Compared to the number of tourists, there are few suitable accommodations for tourists during their stay in Iran.
This problem can be seen even in cities that are important tourist areas in Iran; In these cities, there is no match between the accommodation infrastructure and the demand from tourists; This issue is especially pronounced during peak tourist periods.
The centers that are active as residential units in the country, both in terms of quantity and number, are less than the demand and do not have the necessary standards for a residential center. The small number of accommodations suitable, limits access to them.
Deytrips is familiar with suitable accommodations and is also aware of the international standards which foreign travelers find desirable. Therefore, with the arrangements that are made before the tourist enters Iran, the tourist will not have any problems in terms of accommodation.
Iran’s inter and intra city transportation system suffers from many weaknesses; these include lack of suitable intercity and intracity vehicles, lack of extensive transport networks and access to all regions. In order to travel to different regions, foreign tourists need to spend a lot of money, time and effort, and still, they may be troubled by inappropriate transportation.
With a variety of vehicles, Deytrips accompanies you in all itineraries. So that you can be sure about the quality of vehicles and access to all routes.
8. Not being familiar with different Iranian dishes
This issue is raised as a tourism challenge while there are 6,000 various types of local and traditional foods in Iran. This diversity and extent is undoubtedly could not be found in any other country. Unfortunately, the variety of local and traditional dishes in Iran has been overlooked by many restaurants.
Usually, when tourists travel to a country and touch its culture, history and customs, they prefer to try its local and traditional foods as well. Because the local and traditional food of each region is one of the cultural characteristics of the people of that territory.
At the same time, some tourists are more conservative about the food they eat and are not interested in trying new flavors and recipes. This is especially true for vegetarians, who sometimes find restaurant menus too restrictive for their eating style.
It is completely understandable that you find the Iranian style of food unfamiliar and even do not like it. In this case, Deytrips team will incorporate your favorite international dishes into your meal and restaurant plans.
9. Dress Code
Like other countries with specific social and religious cultures, Iran has its own unique dress style. In Iran, women and men are required to abide by the Islamic hijab code to some extent. For this purpose, you should know the principles and minimums of hijab requirements in Iran.
Deytrips informs you about the dos and don’ts of clothing in Iran. Of course, you should note that due to the limited time you are in Iran, this dress code will not impose any restrictions on you or put extra pressure on you.
In Iran, some sites and applications are filtered and you cannot access them freely. Of course, this does not mean absolute lack of access to these sites. For example, the Telegram application is filtered in Iran, but at the same time, Iran is one of the countries that have the largest number of users in this application. Therefore, there are countless ways to overcome this problem.
Deytrips presents different types of VPNs to you. By using these VPNs, you will be able to access and log in to various sites and applications.
In the article above, we explored the top 10 challenges that foreign tourists face on their trip to Iran. As you can see, traveling to Iran, like any other country, has its challenges, which of course are not insurmountable. Deytrips stands ready to help and guide you through these challenges.
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