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Is it a good idea to travel through Iran during the Presidential Elections on June 14?
In what way good I be affected?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Does anybody here have experience entering Iran overland from Azerbaijan - there is one entry point at Astara. Just curious how it compares to the entry points from Turkey which I would think are much busier. With the latest land-entry restrictions I believe I'll have to note "entering by Air" on my visa but I'd like to still try my luck at the border. I wonder if my chances are significantly better from Turkey than Azerbaijan.
I am traveling by bicycle and would much rather travel Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Iran, than to cut in directly from Turkey. Curious what my options are though...
Where can I download the application form for UAE? Can somebody please suggest any website for the same?
I am going to be arriving in Iran in a few weeks and I would love to go skiing if possible.
I have read that the Dizin ski resort is popular because the ski season lasts a long time, due to the height of the resort. I also read that it is close enough to Tehran that it is possible to be based in Tehran and then travel in the morning to Dizin and return to Tehran in the evening.
Would love to know of some locals if these are true, as - unfortunately! - I am unable to understand Farsi so I had some trouble on the Dizin website!
I was also unsure of the prices for a ski pass/skiing equipment hire/travel to-from Dizin-Tehran.
Any help on any of these matters would be hugely appreciated!
Thanks guys :)
I plan on arriving into Erbil from Turkey by bus in a few days time.
I understand, from this forum, that BestVan are a good company at providing this service. I had a look on their website however I was unable to find a timetable/price for the Erbil services. I don't speak Turkish and perhaps I was not looking in the right place of their English language site!
Do they only run a service from Diyarbakir? Or other places too?
Thank you for any help :)
We are planning to travel there this year and wanted to find out what people's experiences and impressions were of their visits.
Did people enjoy their trips? Was it annoyingds having to be on a tour the entire time?
Has the recent currency issue had a big affect on the trip's budget?
Any places or tour companies recommended?
And lastly has anyone gone skiing there and can recommend anywhere to go?
Any insight and/or advice would be appreciated!!!
This post might be somewhat redundant, as the information already exists in numerous places, but I was looking for current information on this subject as there seems to have been a bit of confusion lately. I just thought I might share what I experienced the past week.
Before I set out to the infamous Mogamma in Tahrir Square, I did quite a few google searches exploring how to extend my stay here. Some posts as recent as January 2012 said that visa extensions were no longer issued, while others said immigration authorities were clamping down on how long you could stay in the country bumming around as a tourist. I decided I would give it a shot and try my luck.
(The entry visa sticker issued at the airport is valid for 30 days, not 90 as a few sources claim)
To begin, go to Window 14 on the first floor of the Mogamma. They will hand you a piece of paper asking little ... more »
We want to go trekking for a 4-7 days in the Zagros mountains and spent a few days between 2-4 days in the mountains around Yazd - does anyone have suggestions and ideas where to find maps. Please help. Does anybody got an recommendation regarding guides - if we can't find maps - we rather love trekking by ourselves. I would love any hint!
We need to get gas cartridges - I know there is a shop in Tehran but only a phone number - who got more info. Is there more than one shop and how can I make sure I can buy the right cartridges?
I have just read Andrew Burke's very useful Thorntree piece on Iranian visas. I have a question about this point: 'Photographs: women often need to cover their hair (any scarf will do) in the application photo. Check embassy websites.'
I assume it is dependent on the policy of the embassy which would stamp the passport, and I would like this to be Shanghai. Does anyone have any experience of collecting their visa in the embassy there?
I spent a total 2 weeks in Shiraz, Esfahan, Yazd and Bander Abbas. I left Iran March 14th
I Traveled between Shiraz and Esfahan using VIP bus which cost me 175 000 rial. The bus was comfortable. it had 3 seats in each row and trip lasted 7 hours. From Esfahan Kevah terminal to down town Esfahan, taxi cost 70 000 rial, Initially a taxi asked for 100 000 rials. If you rather take a bus You can do so for 2000 rial. I stayed at Hast Behest Hotel for 600 000 rials a night which was excellent value.
I Loved Esfahan and did all the sites. I tried to leave directly to Bander Abbas but was diffecult to get a plain or train ticket because of Norowz. so I had to go Yazd.
The VIP Bus to Yazd cost me 85 000 rials. The trip lasted 5 hours. Around Narien, mid way, the landscape was covered in snow which was a nice change in scenery.
One important thing to note is that Yazd bus station w... more »
I am up for a cycle tour in Iran in September.
- Available time minus days for flights, domestic transport, rest days and the like will leave me about 10 actual cycling days. In this time I expect to cover between 600 and 700km.
- I wish to cycle a good amount of mountainous scenery.
- I am open to visit cultural heritage sites, however my main interests are cycling beautiful scenery and experiencing the Iranian people as they live now.
Currently I am looking at:
1. Shiraz - Yazd - Esfahan.
2. Esfahan - Hamedan - Kermanshah
3. Tabriz - Saqqez - Sanandaj
Could anyone help me in comparing these routes? Or suggest other routes?
Thank you very much already! Regards from a Belgian cyclist.
We are getting lebanon by end of March and planning to drive most of country.
We would like to hear from someone about Qadisha Valley and the road from Bcharre to Baalbek. It seems to be close during winter time, and wandering if There is still snow and also if it is safe.
Thanks a lot
Has anybody got any advice on the best currency to take to Iran? Are USD widely accepted for currency exchange? Or are Euros better? What denomination notes are best?
Hi Lonely Planet,
I'll be travelling to Qatar for 21 days (visa already issued) and planning to visit Dubai for 3-4 days. I found out that Emirates offers an online visa service.
I'm Tunisian living in Tunisia. I hold a Tunisian passport. The passport mentions that I'm a Student, but I also run an IT company which is profitable and has around $14K in funds. I also have a debit card with around $4.5K of funds (after plane fees)
Does anyone has experience with this service? What kind of papers do I need to send? Will my status of student be an issue and is it worth it mentioning that I have a company or will it bring more confusion to the border officers?
To anyone who has already traveled to Iran: When you apply for the authorization code with a travel agency, how important is it to include an accurate point of entry that you plan to use? Of course, when you apply for the visa itself at your respective embassy/consulate, it seems that this is very important - but when obtaining the authorization code?
I ask because I would like to enter Iran by land, but there are these new uncertain restrictions on land-entry. Here is what I am considering: telling the travel agency that I plan to enter by air so they can obtain the authorization code for me. Then with authorization in hand, telling the consulate (for me I plan to use Istanbul) my real plans in detail for application of the visa itself. Of course I don't see this working if the authorization code restricts you to a certiain point of entry before you even apply for the visa. ... more »
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