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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 avoid any risks.
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
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Touran Zamin www.touranzamin.com
My own positive experience in obtaining a visa authorisation code was with Pars Tourist www.key2persia.com
In May 2013 we stayed a few days in Khoonegeli, Caspian mountains and made some beautiful hikings with Farzin Malaki . The north caspian mountains are really amazing. staying in the accommodation khoonegeli was really really nice. A very good place to stay and beautifully located.
we're just back from a great round trip in iran. The tour guide / driver was perfect. Itf you have enough time you might choose public transport. If you wish to do it in an efficient way, choose a tourguide like Mohammad. He can make a tour programme according to your wishes. He knows the good restaurants and the right places to visit. Name and contact details: Mohammad Reza Akbari, phone +98 09132957017 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Came back from my Iranian adventure just a couple of weeks ago, and writing this post as an attempt to come to terms with my trip.
A few words about Iran: It's a fascinating, diverse, complicated, and definitely enjoyable country. Like in every country populated by humans, you will meet friendly people and not-so-friendly people, and like in every country where people are struggling to feed their families, tourists will sometimes find themselves exploited by locals who try to make a living - which is only fair I guess, and in most cases needn't cast a shadow on anybody's travel experience.
What irks me, is when a single guidebook becomes the Bible (or rather Quran) of travel in a country that isn't blessed (?) with tourists to begin with, and the authors and editors of that guidebook fail to realize that such a scenario requires a bit of extra sensitivity.
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My friend and I are planning to visit Iran next month. Our plane will be arrived at 5 AM (Tue). I'm kind of an "internet freak", so I'm wondering, do Rightel sell 3G SIM card (nano SIM for iPhone 5) at the airport? And how's the cost and the network coverage?
How to look good in Iran: a rough guide to dress code in Iran
Generally western travellers are advised to dress conservatively when travelling through the Middle East, however dress code is a tricky thing when it comes to Iran. That is because of people’s perception from Iran, who have usually only seen the black “Chador” on International News channels.
This couldn’t be further from truth, Iranian women are very modest in choosing their Hijab or Veil, and you can’t see its equivalent anywhere in the Middle East. A lot of our clients are shocked by the way women dress in Iran once they arrive, they see local women who are typically stylish and take great care of how they look.
Although there is nothing wrong with the “Chador” and/or a covered veil, when most of our female customers land in Iranian airports they are the most covered people around. ... more »
We are planning to go to Iran in Oct / Nov this year and after obtaining authorization number, wish to pick up the visa in Istanbul.
Can anyone tell us how long it takes in Istanbul to obtain the visa ( eg: roughly 3 / 5 /7 working days ? ), so we can plan our flights and time in Turkey, before we leave on the Ankara train towards Tabriz.
Many thanks for any info
This was a question posed by a friend.
we are currently in Istanbul and have a problem getting a visa for Iran without reference number. However, this number is difficult to obtain at the moment. We are two Germans and want to cross into Iran beginning of June and we are travelling by motorbike. One visa we have already.
Is there anyone from Teheran who could write an invitation letter for us and bring this letter to MFA in Tehran? We would send you a passport copy by email and with that done we could get our visa easily here.
Your help would really be appreciated !
You can contact me here or through www.asiabike.de (this blog is in German language).
First of all, I would like to mention that all prices are wrong - hotel rates, taxi, buses, entrance tickets, etc. On the one hand it's not the fault of the writers & editors as dollar went up in Iran, so now the rate is 35,000 rials per 1USD (instead of 14,000 rials per 1USD when the book was published). Meanwhile local prices are still approximately the same in local currency, that's why accommodation & taxi are usually 35-60% cheaper in dollars in comparison with what you can find in the guidebook. For example I took a taxi from Kashan to Esfahan with a stop both in Abyaneh and Natanz for 35USD (instead of 80USD mentioned in the book). Ok, editors couldn’t predict the exchange rates. But I indeed can't understand why almost all working hours of sightseeing don't correspond to real working hours, why some metro stations mentioned in the guidebook as functioning don't exist at all... more »
zabba and other Iran forum moderators,
We are getting within 40 days of the start of Iran 2013 presidential elections.
I think it will be quite useful to TT members if u could kindly make the following 2 threads of mine sticky for a while. The second one, in my opinion, could be as helpful as any sticky thread i have seen ever posted on, at least in Iran forum for sure. Thanks. Amir in tehran.
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We are thinking of visiting and spending one night in this rocky village between Yazd and Kerman.
The plan is as follows: To take a bus or savari to Shar e Babak from Yazd and taxi to Meymand. Overnigh in Maymand.
The following day take a taxi to Shar e Babak then take a bus or savari to Kerman.
Is the village worth the detour and time?
we would like to go to Iran by car in July. I read that we have to buy iranian number plates for the car and it may be difficult to get them.
Some drivers were asked at the border to pay hundrets of € to compensate cheap diesel price or to buy a kind of voucher, other drivers did not.
Has anybody up to date information ?
I"m currently doing a voluntary service in India for one year and in August I want to travel over land from India to Turkey through Pakistan and Iran with a friend. Many people seem to have done the same trip the other way round but has anyone of you done it this way and has experience?
Applying for visas for Pakistan and Iran these days is pretty tough because of the elections thats why I would like to ask for some advice.
1. When I apply for a visa for these two countries should I avoid mentioning I want to cross the border from Quetta to Zehedan?
2. Has anyone experience with the embassies of these countries in Delhi?
I would be very happy to here some experiences from the border crossing. Whats the best way to do it etc.
I really hope the situation in the countries are going to calm down/stay calm in the next weeks...
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Do anybody knows at which days are the train yazd - mashad and mashad - yazd ?
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