The following areas are supposed to be very dangerous, and it is advised against all travel:
  • The areas east of the line running from Bam to Jusk
  • Sistan-Baluchistan province
  • Area within 20km of the entire border of Iraq
  • Within 120 km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border
 

Iran

Iran is a large country in the Middle East, however, it is very much a part of Central Asia. It was renamed Iran in the early 20th century before it was known as Persia. Desert tracking, swim, skiing are just some things to do in the country. Since recent sanctions, that were imposed by the US, the tourist influx has fallen down, however, it is still a unique tourist destination, where numerous ancient cities, tombs, and museums are preserved. The countries landscape is very wide. It has all natural variety like deserts, mountains, and forests. Two great deserts extend over much of central Iran. The Dasht-e Lut and the Dasht-e Kavir, that are virtually uninhabited. The highest mountain point is Mount Damavand. Caspian region on the north part of the country which is rich with forests and covered with fertile brown forest soil.

SAFETY INDEX

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Iran is relatively low-crime country, avoiding dangerous areas in the southeast of the country. Petty thefts are the only crime a newcomer may encounter inner the urban area and particularly in the overcrowded bazaars. Mugging has been on the rise in recent years in the tourist center of Isfahan. SafeAround analyzed numerous data and did a meticulous research, in order to compile a precise data as possible concerning risks and dangers in Iran, to make sure you have a smooth voyage!

Is Iran safe or dangerous country?

  Iran is the 145th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. There have been some attacks and robberies against foreigners. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself from the street crimes. The following areas are supposed to be very dangerous, and it is advised against all travel:
  • The areas east of the line running from Bam to Jusk
  • Sistan-Baluchistan province
  • Area within 20km of the entire border of Iraq
Affected by regular ethnic conflicts. There have been a number of kidnappings against foreign tourists.
  • Within 120 km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border
Bandits in Iran’s border areas are involved in drug trafficking and use kidnapping of foreigners and locals to secure the release of group members from prison. High probability of terrorist attacks in the area. Exercise caution if traveling by sea, waters around the disputed islands of Abu Musa and Tunbs are patrolled by the military of UAE and Iran. Foreigners in Iranian waters have been arrested and detained.  

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Inner main urban areas of Tehran have no safety concerns, except of frequent mugging in the tax and pickpocketing. In the remote and rural areas there are plenty of safety issues particularly near the border with Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocketing is a problem in the overcrowded bazars and public transports. Excessive vigilance in all public places is recommended.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Mugging has been on the rise in recent years in the tourist center of Isfahan. Use only official taxi service as 90% of all muggings in the country have been done in the unlicensed taxi. Kidnapping is a serious issue near the border with Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are almost no scams known in its territory.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Accidents while travelling on the road occur frequently. There is a threat while off-road driving. Ensure cars are well equipped and you carry enough water. Outside of the main cities, the roadways vary from very good to poor condition. Many are not properly illuminated during hours of darkness. Driving can be dangerous. Drivers displaying varying degrees of skill, aggressiveness, and attentiveness often maneuver erratically and at high speed, demonstrating little road discipline or courtesy Vessels operating in the Northern Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Oman are at the increased risk of pirates’ attack.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Iran experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. Sandstorms occur on a regular basis. Sometimes, severe thunderstorms may occur. Earthquakes may occur in much of the country. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.  

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

The likelihood of carrying out the attacks is high. We advise to be vigilant all the time in all public places.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, female travellers risk in Iran seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautious and trying to avoid visiting remote neighbourhoods late at night.

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WHAT TO DO?

Despite the fact, that Iran almost 85% of its territory is covered by sand there are plenty of unordinary destinations to visit. Among the most interesting destinations are Alamut, a castle of the legendary Assassins. Dizin – extraordinary ski resort, which is not typical for the region, will embrace each visitor with great powder snow, cheap prices and few international visitors. Kish Island, that is known as a consumer’s paradise. Persepolis, impressive ancient ruins of a vast city-like complex built over 2.500 years ago, and is the main symbol of Iranian nationality.  

Useful Information

Entry will be refused to citizens of Israel and foreign travellers with any evidence of visiting Israel. The Iran tourist visa is issued for up to 30 days and is extendable. It must be obtained before traveling to Iran and valid to enter for 90 days from the issue date. British and American passport holders will be fingerprinted upon arrival.
Riyal is the official currency of Iran. There is no possible to use American credit card systems like MasterCard or Visa. Prepaid debit cards can be bought at Iranian banks and serve as a good alternative to carrying a large wad of cash around the country. Bank-e Melli-ye Iran (National Bank of Iran) which is a government-owned bank in Iran, provides an ATM debit card service (plastic magnetic card) for tourists who visit Iran. Tourists just need to head the nearest branch of this bank.
Iran experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. The hottest months of the year are from June to September.
Imam Khomeini International Airport hosts all international flights. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.