Iran Travel Information
The spread of the corona virus in Iran has been
widely detected, and the authorities have taken several
preventive measures to prevent further spread, including
the temporary closure of schools, universities, mosques
and canceled cultural and sporting events. As of March
26, travel between cities in Iran has also been banned.
For more information about coronavirus, see the section
The situation in Iran has been tense after several
events in the region lately. Travelers are asked to stay
up to date on the situation by following the news image.
The embassy encourages all Norwegians located in Iran
to avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Do not take
pictures or video of demonstrations. Follow the media
and listen to local councils and contact the embassy in
case of doubt.
Iran is by and large a safe country to travel in, and
most journeys go smoothly. Iranians are also very
hospitable and proud of their culture, and the vast
majority of visitors feel welcomed. On a general basis,
however, the embassy encourages Norwegians in Iran to
exercise general caution, especially in traffic.
Traffic in Iran is challenging and the frequency of
accidents is high. The traffic is confusing and the
roads are poorly lit in the dark. Travelers should
therefore exercise caution when traveling on the roads.
When hiring a car, it is recommended to hire a driver
who knows local conditions.
In Tehran and some other major cities, there are
partially covered subway networks. There are also buses.
In addition, taking a taxi is easy, safe and cheap. The
Snap and Tap30 applications (Iran's response to Über)
are very popular in cities, and cash payments are
possible. For longer journeys between cities, trains or
buses are recommended. The air park is partly poorly
maintained, and because of the sanctioning regime, many
airlines have had trouble obtaining original spare
parts. Iranian companies Iran Air and Mahan Air are
considered to be the safest.
There have been cases of terrorist attacks in some
parts of Iran in recent years. Most of them have
originated in internal sectarian conflicts, but
outsiders and innocents have also been affected. Most
have occurred in the Kurdish areas and along the borders
of Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially in the
province of Sistan-va-Baluchestan. Elsewhere, the risk
of terrorist incidents is considered low.
- Countryaah: Tehran is the capital
of Iran. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The earthquake danger in Iran is great. Tehran is
described by geologists as the most earthquake-prone
capital in the world. For longer stays, one should
therefore choose a residence that is earthquake-proof.
You can read more about the earthquake danger on the
websites of the National Earthquake Center.
Sexual relationships between unmarried and
homosexuals are prohibited in Iran.
Bringing and/or consuming alcohol is prohibited.
Possession of drugs is strictly prohibited and can, in
severe cases, result in the death penalty. All imagery
or literature that can be described as pornography or
obscene (including many fashion magazines, books and
magazines with images of lightly clothed people) is
prohibited, but the ban is not enforced particularly
strictly. Still, it makes sense to stay on the safe
During Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking in
public should be avoided. The ban is not enforced
particularly strictly, especially against foreigners,
but it can still be regarded as disrespectful.
Islamic dress code also applies to discharges and
must be followed from a leaving aircraft on arrival. For
women, this means covering your hair and covering your
body with a half-length coat/tunic (mid-thigh) with long
sleeves (below the elbows) when staying outside or in
public places (including restaurants, hotel lobbies,
etc.). Pants/skirts must go down to the ankles. Men
should not have too many shirt buttons open at the neck,
or wear shorts. Men can wear t-shirts, but should cover
bare skin if staying near sanctuaries. In the face of
government officials and public offices, long sleeves
must be worn.
In Iran, the opposite sex is not hand-shelled unless
the other party calls for it.
Foreigners/travelers must be able to identify
themselves on request and passports should thus always
be brought (possibly a copy of passport, visa and entry
stamp in the passport).
It should be noted that the Iranian authorities do
not recognize dual citizenship. Therefore, all
Norwegian-Iranian citizens will only be considered
Iranian citizens by Iranian authorities. This also
applies to those who have lost their Iranian citizenship
and those who have inherited citizenship. If you have a
father from Iran, you will automatically be considered
an Iranian citizen. This makes it virtually impossible
for the embassy to provide consular assistance, for
example in the event of arrests or detention.
Norwegian citizens are strongly encouraged to have
valid travel insurance.
Emergencies and local emergency numbers:
In an emergency, the embassy can be contacted on
ordinary telephone +98 21 2229 1333. The visit address
is no. 72, Yasaman Street, North Dibaji, Dr. Lavasani
Avenue (ex-Farmaniyeh), Tehran.
In an emergency situation outside the embassy's
opening hours, the public can contact the UD's
operational center in Oslo on tel. +47 23 95 00 00.
Private ambulance services are widespread. In Tehran,
Naaji is recommended, which can be reached by phone +98
21 88 46 40 00 or +98 21 88 46 31 52 (the latter in case
of crisis). http://www.naaji.ir/
Local emergency numbers: Emergency telephone police
110, emergency telephone fire 125, emergency telephone
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens need a visa to stay in Iran. Visas
can be applied for at Iranian Embassies and Consulates,
in Norway from the Iranian Embassy in Oslo. The embassy
is aware that it is possible for Norwegian citizens to
purchase tourist visas upon entry into Iran. Business
travelers must obtain a visa at the Iranian
Embassy/Consulate before entering.
For information on the visa process, see Iran's
It is normally granted a tourist visa with a 30 day
duration. The number of days you can stay in the country
starts to run from passing the passport control in Iran.
If you overstay the visa period in Iran, you can be
refused to leave the country until the situation is
resolved. One must contact the foreign office "Bafia" to
pay a fee and obtain the necessary exit permit (stamp in
the passport). The stamp is absolutely necessary to
ensure departure. This is a complicated process where
the traveler cannot expect the embassy's assistance.
It is possible for Norwegian citizens to apply for
study permits in Iran if they are admitted to an Iranian
educational institution. The same applies to work
permits, which are granted if you have your own
company/company established in Iran and/or have a work
agreement with Iranian state or private companies.
Contact the Iranian Embassy in Oslo for more information
on these rules.
Note that people with Israeli stamp in the passport
will be denied entry into Iran.
Other Norwegian travel documents:
Norwegian foreign passports are recognized by the
Iranian authorities. The same is a travel document for
Coronavirus (covid-19): A large
spread of the coronavirus has been detected in Iran, and
the virus has so far claimed thousands of lives. In
Iran, the virus originated in the city of Qom, but has
spread to all provinces including the capital Tehran.
The authorities have taken several preventive measures
to prevent further spread, including the temporary
closure of schools, universities, mosques and canceled
cultural and sporting events. As of March 26, travel
between cities in Iran has been banned.
The embassy encourages all Norwegian citizens in Iran
to register at www.reiseregistrering.no.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages all
Norwegian citizens traveling abroad to consider
returning home as soon as possible, in a safe and quiet
manner, in consultation with their travel or airline.
This also applies to Norwegians currently in Iran.
Several airlines have suspended flights to and from Iran
for the time being, but there are still commercial
flights out of Iran. The embassy notes that changes in
entry and exit regulations can be made at short notice.
Norwegians located in Iran are encouraged to stay
up-to-date through contact with their own airline/tour
operator and local authorities. Listen to advice from
local authorities and follow the developments through
local and international media.
On March 12, the Director of Health urged everyone to
avoid leisure travel at home and abroad. All travelers
who come to Norway quarantine for 14 days, regardless of
whether they have symptoms or not.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The World Health Organization (WHO) also has its own
pages of information about the virus.
The embassy will continuously update the situation on
The health services in the major cities of Iran are
usually good. Private hospitals generally hold a higher
level than public hospitals. In rural areas, it can be
difficult to obtain qualified medical assistance, so it
is recommended that you bring first aid equipment and a
travel pharmacy to such areas. If you have a medical
problem that can wait, it is recommended that you visit
a doctor in Tehran or one of the other major cities.
However, one must be aware that the distances are large
and that it can take a long time to get to a place with
good medical facilities. In general, one cannot expect
medical personnel to have particularly good English
Reference is made to the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health for official health professional travel
advice and health professional guidance to Norwegians
when traveling abroad. Contact your doctor well in
advance of departure to clarify the need for vaccines
and other personal protective measures. Vaccines are not
required for entry into Iran.
Pollution, especially in Tehran, is noticeable most
of the year. Asthmatics should be aware of this.
In most places you can drink tap water, but it does
not taste very good. Bottled water is cheap and easily
Pharmacies in the big cities make it easy to obtain
medicines. Known painkillers such as Paracetamol and
Advil can be purchased. Stronger painkillers require a
prescription from an Iranian doctor.
There are no specific restrictions or restrictions on
the import of medicines into Iran. If you carry large
quantities of drugs with you, the immigration
authorities will be able to stop you from asking what it
is. It is recommended to bring a prescription from a
doctor if you need to travel with medication beyond
normal painkillers. Note that drug offenses can provide
the most severe punishment in Iran. More information can
be found at http://www.who.com/ and http://www.fhi.no/
- The time difference to Norway is +2.5 hours. The
area code for calls from Norway to Iran is + 98.
- Notype of credit card/Visa
card/MasterCard can be used in Iran. All travelers
must therefore bring sufficient cash (euros) for
their entire stay in Iran. The embassy does
not have the opportunity to assist with
- The local currency is the IRR (Iranian Rial).
The currency situation in Iran is changing rapidly,
and travelers are asked to investigate this
carefully before leaving. They can contact the
Norwegian Embassy in Tehran for updated information.
Foreign exchange can be exchanged in the banks at an
official exchange rate or on the black exchange
(street) at an unofficial exchange rate.
- Amounts over USD 5000 must be reported to the
customs authorities upon arrival. It is also not
allowed to bring more than USD 5000 on departure and
the amount must be reported to the customs
authorities at the airport. If you declare an amount
of/exceeding USD 5000 upon entry, and are required
to bring the exact same amount out of the country,
there is no need to report on departure.
- The Internet is under strict
censorship/controlin Iran. Twitter,
Facebook, YouTube and a number of online newspapers
are blocked. Blocking can be avoided by downloading
a VPN on a mobile phone/PC / tablet in advance. In
political and social turmoil, e.g. large
demonstrations, it may happen that the authorities
shut down the internet completely. In such cases,
VPN will also not be able to be used.
- The telephone network and mobile coverage in the
big cities are relatively good, and it is easy to
get an Iranian SIM card. If you use an Iranian sim
card for more than 30 days, you must register the
phone and pay a fee, unless the phone will be
blocked from the Iranian telecommunications network
(it will still work with a Norwegian sim card).
Please note that phones with a Norwegian prepaid
card cannot be used.
- It is recommended to turn off data roaming when
entering Iran. High operator costs may occur.
- The voltage in the mains is 220 volts, and
Norwegian sockets can be used.
- Persian or Farsi is the official language of
Iran. In addition, several regional languages are
spoken in different parts of the country. Be
prepared for most people to speak little English.
- National Holidays: February 11, March 13, March
20 - April 2: Nowrouz, Persian New Year, May 16,
June 3, June 4, July 8, July 18-19: Eid e- Fetr,
August 11, September 24, October 2, 23-24. October:
Ashura, December 2, December 10, December 12,
- Banks are usually open from 8am to 2pm Saturday
to Wednesday and from 5 p.m. 8am to 12pm on
Thursday. On Fridays they keep closed. Some banks
will have longer opening hours.
- Public offices are open from 6 p.m. 8am to 6pm
3pm Saturday to Wednesday, and from 1 p.m. 8am to
6pm12:00 on Thursday. Friday they are closed.
- Opening hours for shops vary. In the big cities
you will find shops that are open from. 9am to
7pm23:00 every day of the week, while in smaller
places they close around 10 pm. 20:00. In addition,
they are closed Thursday afternoon and Friday. Some
shops are closed for lunch between 10:00. 1 pm and
- During Ramadan, most dining places are closed
from sunrise to sunset. Hotel restaurants will
sometimes be open. Eating and drinking in public
during Ramadan should be avoided.