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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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My two cents...

Just back from a 2 week trip in Iran.
Is easy to travel and very cheap. Only little problem is that the bus and train stations are often far from the city centre. The prices and cost stated by other travellers are correct. Nothing to add.
I visited around 40 countries and I can say Iranians are among the most friendly and hospitalable people I ever met. Sometimes is even too much, sometimes you miss being on your own :)
People often greet you on the street, shake your hand, say hello and smile…

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Where should my Iranian sponsor go for a reference number?

If a friend in Iran wants to sponsor me and apply for a reference number, where can I tell then they should go?

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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-…