Situation in Iran?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jul 1, 2012 6:55 AM Last Post By: danios
Jun 28, 2012 8:24 AM
Situation in Iran?Hi all,
I am planning a trip to Iran sometimes in early December, and will be booking my ticket in a couple of days. Before I make any booking, I would like to know what the current political situation is like at the moment. I know it's still a few months away, but some information will help me make the decision whether or not to travel to Iran.
So, over here I have heard all about economic sanctions against Iran and how it causes rapid economic decline in Iran, and that there has been a lot of unrest/protests over there. I will appreciate if anyone who's in Iran can tell me what it is actually like over there. Will it be likely that there will be a lot of unrest (which will turn violent) in Iran due to the supposedly declining economy? How have Iranians been responding to the sanctions?
Thanks for your help :). Much appreciated.
Jun 28, 2012 9:01 AM
It is quite a while from now and nobody can predict what comes up. But the picture is not as bad as some depict. I guess there isn't gonna be much change.
The current situation is absolutely normal and there is nothing to worry about. The political sanctions are pressing locals at most but it isn't affecting tourism much as the inflation is counterbalanced by increasing dollar rate.
It has been commonplace that sanctions just put people into more difficulties that they cannot even think of unrest. Besides it makes at least some part of the population more united.
So I guess it is no way to predict such instabilities and those who do are just some obsessed with western media.
Jun 28, 2012 10:49 AM
2First of all be sure to get your visa before you book your flights!
When I was planning my trip it was March 2012, Iran was in the news again and there was a comment that Iran would be attacked within 3 months. Guess what I traveled in April and nothing happened. I don't know where you get your information from but there has certainly not been any unrest in Iran this year as far as I can tell. Not since the "green" revolution a few year backs anyway.
Iran will always be in the news and it will always be portrayed in a bad light because virtually all countries hate this beautiful country. You can choose not to believe the TV and travel there instead. It's amazing, of the 25 countries I've visited it's definitely in my top 3.
Jun 28, 2012 10:54 AM
Jun 28, 2012 5:18 PM
4Thank you for the responses so far. Frankly I am not concerned about US/Israel threatening to attack. This has been going on since Bush was in power, and if it didn’t happen then, it won’t happen soon. Besides, it will be economic suicide if they decide to attack.
I am mostly concerned about internal situation. I.e. if Iranians see these new imposed sanctions as the failure of government etc, and if they will revolt against the government because of declining economy. I know if it too far to predict. But if there are protests/demonstrations at the moment, it may be used as an indication as where this will lead. And really, I am not fussed about having to pay more if prices are going up (I’ll gladly give my money to Iran rather than any European countries, or US).
Visa is not a matter of concern, as I can get one on arrival. So yeah, I am mostly wondering about internal situation and not Iran’s position amongst the Western nations. There are some speculations that "Arab Spring" will come to Iran. Funny because Iran is not Arab.
Jun 28, 2012 8:13 PM
5There is a lot of economical pressure on Iranians, and yes most of them see it as government's failure. There is no political freedom etc but since the economical pressure on people has made them very passive no unrest is going on currently ; as they have also left their hopes after 2009 crackdowns.
The situation for a tourist is very suitable. Cheap, friendly, lots of places to see and almost no limitations for tourists ( except the alcohol law or hijab or such things ).
If you need more information don't hesitate to contact.
Edited by: kamyar_77
Jun 29, 2012 4:36 AM
6Didn't they already have their "green" spring years ago?
No one ever said Iran was Arab, if you go to Iran you should never call Iran Arab.
Regarding prices they are actually going down because you get more rials for the dollar at the moment.
Seems like you just want to get this discussion going. Since you are going in December and say you will book your ticket soon, be aware that you should get your visa before you get your ticket, and the best thing to do now is learn something about the religions and customs, not "what to do if there is another revolution"
Jul 1, 2012 6:55 AM
7I (dutch) just came back from 4 weeks Iran.
Price are rising and the people don t like this of course.
There are no unrests or protests.
Iran is an always changing country, but you never no when there is a change and if it s a fast or slow change.
Based upon many Iranians I spoke with I don t think there will be another revolution soon. Someone said: ' we are not Arabs, we can wait' . If things change, they will change slowely.
Do not worry about this for your travel. Just go and keep informed.
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