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Iran country information

Iran map
Islamic Republic of Iran
Area: 1,648,195 sq km
Population: 70,472,846
Population density: 42 per sq km
Capital: Tehran
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes

Passports

Passport valid for six months beyond stay required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note

Nationals of Israel or holders of passports containing a visa for Israel (either valid or expired) will be refused entry under all circumstances. Women judged to be dressed immodestly will be refused entry.

Visas (check for latest info on online applications in the visa application section below!)

Required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except:
(a) transit passengers continuing their journey within 12 hours provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport. Transit passengers continuing their journey within 48 hours (under the above conditions) can obtain a transit visa on arrival against a fee of US$40, or within 72 hours for US$30.

Note: nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden may obtain a visa for touristic purposes only for a stay of seven days on arrival at the following airports: Isfahan, Mashad, Shiraz, Tabriz and Tehran (IKA and THR). A visa fee is applied.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa Restrictions:
The government of Iran refuses admission and transit to nationals of Israel; and might not accept other passports containing Israeli stamps or visas.

Visa Note

Women over nine years old should wear a headscarf in their visa application photo in accordance with Islamic custom.

Types of Visa and Cost

Tourist/Business/Pilgrimage: 61 (single-entry); 68 (double-entry). Business (multiple-entry): 79 (three months); 90 (six months); 90 (one year). Transit: 61. The above prices are for UK nationals; fees vary according to nationality of applicant.

Validity

Tourist, Business and Pilgrimage visas are issued for stays of up to one month and are valid for three months from date of authorisation. Transit visas are valid for five days. Applications for renewal or extension should be made to the Iranian Embassy. Extensions are easily obtainable inside Iran.

Applications to:
Consulate (or consular section at embassy) or online:

You can now apply for a visa online and can ask to pick it up at any of the 106(!) listed consulates or embassies. This will dramatically reduce the waiting time. Surf to http://evisa.mfa.gov.ir:7780/mfa/

Working Days Required

A minimum of two weeks, depending on the embassy. A pilgrimage visa may also take two weeks to process. Online visa can be arranged in a few days. The ministry will notify you when and where your visa is ready. You then have to go to the embassy and they will normally process it in a day.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Iran Air (IR) (website: www.iranair.com ).

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Tehran is 6 hours.

Main Airports

Tehran (THR) (Mehrabad) (website: http://mehrabad.airport.ir ) is 5km (3 miles) west of the city. To/from the airport: Airline buses are available to the city (journey time - 45 minutes). Taxis are also available to the city centre (journey time - 30 minutes). Facilities: Bank, post office, restaurants and snack bar, duty-free shop, gift shops, tourist information and first aid/vaccination facilities.
Departure Tax
Rs300,000 for passengers departing for UAE, Turkey, China, France, UK, USA and Bulgaria. Rs150,000 to all other countries. Departure tax for second visits is Rs400,000 for all destinations.

Getting There by Water

http://www.caspianferry.ru/en/routs.htm

Main ports: The main port was Khorramshahr until its destruction during the war with Iraq. Following reconstruction, the port was reopened to ship traffic in 1992. Imam Khomeini (website: http://bikport.pmo.ir is located in the northwestern edge of the Persian Gulf and near Iraq. The ports of Abbas and Bushehr are to be found in the Persian Gulf and Nowshahr and Anzelli on the Caspian Sea.

Getting There by Rail

RAJA Trains (part of Iranian Islamic Republic Railways) (tel: (21) 883 5159; website: www.raja.ir ) operates passenger services from Tehran to Istanbul (Turkey) and Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic); from Tabiz to Djolfa (for the CIS) and Van (Turkey); and from Zahedan to Quetta (Pakistan).

Getting There by Road

Note tour.tk: There are various routes possible from Turkey, Pakistan and Turkmenistan, although entering/leaving Pakistan by road is not recommended, due to the vicinity to Afghanistan.
Cycling & Maps

Iran Map
by Reise Know-How
scale 1:1 500 000

Rip & Waterproof

   
  If you need/want to go to Tehran on your bicycle, don't be deterred by other people saying it is dangerous. Plan! Because if you get into Tehran on a Thursday afternoon or (even better) Friday, the streets are very quiet, almost deserted! It is the Iranian weekend, so you will have the whole place to yourself (almost).
Cost of living
Iran: all prices in Iranian Rials (IRR)
drinks and snacks

food: local markets; restaurants; and stores

water (mineral)
water (sparkliing)
fruit drink
juice
soft drink (can)
soft drink (bottle)

1.5 litre
1.5 litre
200ml
1 litre
300ml
1 litre
2,500
3,000
800-1000
6,000
2,000
3.500
sangak flat bread
barbari pide type bread
falafel + drink in tehran
dinner-soup salad bread
breakfast-lavash bread, honey, cheese and tea
pizza-takeaway
30x80
30x80 one serving
one serving
one serving

med
1,500
2,000 5,000
20,000
10,000

20-35,000
beer-non alcoholic 330ml can 4,000
tea
tea
filter coffee (cafe)
instant coffee
Nescafe instant
coffee-ground
25 bags
pot
per cup
per cup
125g
250g
12,000
5,000
14,000-20,000
3,500
15,000
25,000
rice (white)
pasta
eggs
tinned tomatoes
tomatoes

kg
500g
per dozen
250g
kg

28,000
4,500
12,000
12,000 4,0000
milk
yoghurt / curd
cheese (feta)
Magnum icecream
1 litre
200g
kg
each

4,000
3,000
25,000
tba

potatoes
onions
broad beans - fresh
kg
kg
kg
5,000
3,000
6,000
chips
salted peanutsdried apricots
200g pack
kg
kg
tba
tba
tba
apples
oranges
bananas
kg
kg
kg
15,000
23,000
8,500
cornflakes (iranian)
chocolate
biscuits-plain
biscuits-chocolate
375g pack
100g block
200g pack
200g pack
3,500
5,600
4,500
tba
pineapple (can)
oil (corn)
500g can
500ml
15,000
10,000
peanut paste
jam
500g jar
400g jar
tba
15,000
 
accommodation personal
budget city hotel
40,000 per dorm bed
80,000+ double with share bath

deodorant - roll-on
soap
shampoo
toothbrush
toothpaste
disposable razor
toilet paper

50ml
150g bar
200ml
each
100ml
5 pack
2 pack
17,000
5,000
4,500
tba
7,000
10,000
7000
camping


possible everywhere except cities: iranians camp/picnic and and some rivers have spots

internet 7,000-10,000 per hour

* tba = price to be announced
* January 2009: at time of writing 1.00 USD = 9.83 IRR
all prices have been taken from internet resources such as wikitravel, hostel world, leading supermarket chains, travel blogs, forums and of course our own travel experiences and purchases of everyday products in food markets, bazaars and local shopping facilities. They are only an indication and designed to give you a general impression of the cost of living in Iran. Items are geared towards the budget conscious traveller with an occasional craving for a bit of luxury.
Accommodation
Food & drink
Bike shops
   
Mashhad Cross Cycle
No.22108-22110, Grand Floor,
Almas-e Shargh Commercial Complex,
Mashhad
Mobile:+98-935-4686289
Fax: +98-511-7113066
Tel: +98-511-7113060-65  
email: mashhad_subsidiary@cross-ir.com
   
Noor Cross Cycle
Arian Hotel st,
Noor
Tel: 012262576590-93
email: noorshop@cross-ir.com
   

Tabriz

Free service for tourists !

Saeed Mohammadi Bike
Address : Nader Sq.
Tabriz, Iran
Tel: (98 ) 411 2807776
Fax: (98) 411 2820082
e-mail: saeed_mohammadi_bicycle@yahoo.com
website: http://smohammadi-cycling.tripod.com/

   
  Cross Cycle
No.4-Booalisina St.Valiasr Quarter
Tabriz
Tel: +98-21- 6942683 
email: tabriz_subsidiary@cross-ir.com
   
Tehran

Saba Docharkh ***
16 Anahita St
Africa Express Way
Tehran 19176
Islamic Republic of Iran
Tel. 021-88780651
Fax: 021-88787278
info@saba-docharkh.com

  Our experiences: high end bike shop. You will be able to find anything here, including Schwalbe tyres. It is a way out of the city, but worth the trip. Friendly staff, English spoken.
   
 

Cross Cycle shops:
#58, 5th Street, Gisha
Tehran
Tel: +98-21-8277332 (5 lines)
Fax: +98-21-826539
email: gishashop@cross-ir.com
website

   
  No.7,2nd floor,
No.1633 Above sadr Bridge,
Shariati Ave.
Tehran
Tel fax: 22678041
email: shariatishop@cross-ir.com
   
  #169, Satarkhan Ave
Tehran 14417
Tel: +98-21- 6942683
email: satarkhanshop@cross-ir.com
   
  No 2,1 floor,Kamranieh str,
Moniryeh sqr,Valieasr Ave,
Tehran
Tel: 021-66404217-66404262
email: moniryehshop@cross-ir.com
   
  Pouya Cycle
163 Sattarkhan Ave.
Tehran
Tel: +98 21 6642 8800
Fax: +98 21 6642 9434
e-mail: info@pouyacycle.com
website
Climate
climate chart Mashhad Iran climate chart Tabriz Iran
climate chart Tehran Iran
Road distances
Iran road distance chart
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