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- Fake police. They are usually uniform and flash with a fake ID’s request to see your passport, check your luggage or cash you possess on the subject of the forgery. In case of doubts, just ask them politely to proceed to the nearest police station.
- Phone snatchers. Very common on the streets of Tehran. Be vigilant and try to limit the use of a mobile phone on the street.
- Be aware of smoking drugs instead of the tobacco in the shishas place.
- Robbery by a motorcyclist. Walking along the street, be vigilant and don’t become a victim of bag snatchers on a motorbike.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Inner main urban areas of Tehran have no safety concerns, except of frequent mugging in the tax and pickpocketing.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocketing is a problem in the overcrowded bazars and public transports. Excessive vigilance in all public places is recommended.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Mugging might be an issue in Tehran. Don’t flash a cash and other valuables.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
There are almost no scams known in its territory, except of the fake police office that’s worth to be aware of.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Traffic in Tehran is very congested. Worth to be very vigilant while crossing the street. 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 citis, 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.
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.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
The likelihood of carrying out the attacks is high. We advise to be vigilant all the time in all public places.
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.