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Recommended Visa Agents

Within the previous 12 months the following three Visa Agents have received positive reviews from genuine travelling Thorn Tree members.

Persian Voyages www.persianvoyages.com

Pasargad Tours www.pasargad-tours.com

Touran Zamin www.touranzamin.com

My own positive experience in obtaining a visa authorisation code was with Pars Tourist www.key2persia.com

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VISA ADVICE FOR TRAVELLERS GOING TO IRAN

Several Thorn Tree members have had trouble in the past securing a visa to travel to Iran.

Our expert on Iran Andrew Burke has written an article with the most up to date information on how to get a visa to travel to Iran, please check it out before posting a question on Thorn Tree:

How to get an Iranian visa

We strongly advise travellers to do some research and consider carefully which agent they choose to go with and to allow enough time between the application and the time of the trip to…

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Has anyone traveled to Iran with prescription drugs?

I understand that some prescription drugs are not legal to possess in Iran, even if they were lawfully prescribed by a doctor elsewhere. Has anyone traveled to Iran with prescription drugs? What was your experience? Does anyone know of a list of illegal drugs in Iran, including prescription drugs?

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Central asian currency exchange in Iran

Hi,

I am planning to travel in Iran in July 2015, arriving there from Turkmenistan. When arriving I will have already be travelling for 6 months in Russia and Central Asia, and I was wondering if there is a way to avoid carrying plenty of euros in cash all the way so I can change money once in Iran. Is it possible to change for example Uzbek currencies?

Thank you!

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currency exchange

Dear fellow travelers

Which currency is better to exchange in Iran: euros or US dollars?
Is it true that only brand new, recently issued, large denomination banknotes are generally accepted?

Thanks guys,

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Is there any time that we should avoid travel in Iran?

Hello everyone,

I've checked public holidays, Ramadan and weather, but I'm just wondering if there are any other specific times of the year that we should avoid travel in Iran (if we are able to avoid it). Are there any times that are particularly busy periods when it is difficult to travel around/book buses and hotels, etc.?

For example, in Malaysia every beach/holiday/touristy type place is booked out during Malaysian and Singaporean school holidays.

Thanks for any comments.

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American traveling to Iran

Hi,

I'm considering traveling to Iran, and as an American, I think I need to use a travel agency. Has anybody tried out Discover Iran tours -- the price and the itinerary are pretty much right -- and if so, how was the experience. Does anybody have other recommendations?

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Recent trip report Sept-Oct 2014

My recent trip to Iran Sept-Oct 14. Amazing trip, loved every minute!

Full report with photos https://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/gillg/Trips/26191

Summary- Trip Length- 26 days

Itinerary (slightly different to starting out itinerary)-

Tehran- Golestan Hotel 2 nights

Mt Tochal Trek- Shirpala Mountain Hut 1night

Tehran- Golestan Hotel 1 night

Mt Damavand Trek- 3 nights

Tehran- Hotel Shahr 1 night, Hafez Hotel 1night

Shiraz- Golshan Traditional Hotel 2 nights

Deh Mord Village-…

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Christmas in Iran

Hi there

Just wondering if there is anyone out there who would like to celebrate Christmas with us in Iran. Our families are on the other side of the world so we would love to have lunch or dinner with some new friends on Christmas Day to celebrate the Christmas spirit. We will be in the vicinity of Shiraz or Yazd but would be willing to travel somewhere within reasonable distance.

If anyone has any recommendations of what we could do on Christmas Day, that would also be appreciated.

Merry…

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Any hotel nearby IKA airport yet?

Hi there,

I am currently in Iran. I have a flight from Shiraz to Mehrabad airport on 20 Dec. and will arrive Mehrabad airport on 23:00. In the next morning, I have a flight back to istanbul on 21 Dec, 6:20 am. So I'd like to go straight to sleep in a hotel nearby IKA but I couldnt found any. (have booked Enghelab hotel on that night and considering cancel it since I might only have 2-3 hours to be in the hotel.)

Any suggestion? I have read somewhere here that you should be there at least 3 hr…