Any good loopholes to travel Iran solo as an American?
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Nov 2, 2012 5:53 PM Last Post By: imadingo
Oct 17, 2012 2:18 PM
Failing that, anyone got any good tour companies / guides to go with?
Oct 17, 2012 9:27 PM
1Hmm. My boss is an American, he managed to visit. Although he theoretically had a tour guide, the guy was very relaxed and let him wander about on his own when he wanted to. Of course, it would add quite a bit to the expense, I doubt that anyone would quote you less than $50 a day if you applied outside the country. I did see an American wandering around on his own in Shiraz, too, but I never got the story of how he wangled the visa.
Oct 18, 2012 8:42 AM
2As an American who just got back, take my word you don't wanna play that kind of game. It's not really doable and even if it were, it probably wouldn't end well... Send me a PM or look at the trip report I just put up, but I'd really recommend the agency I used. The guide will give you a ton of rope and you can really customize the tour to emphasize exactly what you'd like to see. Plus, from a logistics pov, it is a lot easier.
Oct 18, 2012 8:52 AM
Oct 18, 2012 8:05 PM
4Fancy spending the rest of your life in an Iranian prison on trumped up charges of being a CIA spy? Your call.
Yaofeng, have you ever been to Iran? The idea that the Iranian authorities proactively target legitimate tourists visiting standard destinations to frame them and imprison them is a Fox New commentator's fantasy. As I said, my boss, a US citizen (and, for the extremely little that it's worth, from an obviously Jewish background), traveled to all the standard sites on a "tour" consisting of one person. He did meet his guide on a daily basis and the guide accompanied him on various excursions. But the guide was also quite happy to let him spend half-days wandering around the markets and towns by himself. So long as the tourist didn't get a sudden urge to look at electrical power generating facilities in the industrial estates, it wasn't a problem. Are you even certain that it's a contravention of Iranian law to visit like that?
Oct 19, 2012 5:49 AM
5Why would you encourage someone to knowingly break the law of the country you visit is beyond me. Do I know if someone circumvents the regulation to not hire a guide touring Iran he will be treated as a spy? Of course not. I certainly would not put myself in danger of potentially be caught breaking the law. Would you?
Oct 19, 2012 5:53 AM
This is amir and I am by far the most active member on Iran forum, and I am not a travel agent!
I saw your recent postings and am wondering if u could tell me more about suitable tours for Americans, including travel agencies, prices, etc.etc. I wanna compare and contrast so as to recommend one as I once in a while get pm's from Americans who are interested in decent, bargain tours to Iran, if available. Thanks
Oct 19, 2012 9:02 AM
7Hi Amir, I'll talk to my boss to see how he arranged it. As I said, he was on a guided tour consisting of one client, with a guide who was very flexible about the itinerary and sympathetic to his desire to wander around without much interference. I'll check with him to see if he has any useful tips to offer.
Oct 19, 2012 11:13 AM
8JakartaBoy - I know of three USA hikers who would beg to disagree with you.
And by the way, that little incident was even reported on the world's worst excuse for a news agency; MSNBC.
Oct 19, 2012 11:35 AM
9Laketraveller, as some wise commentator once said, if you fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
You can find anecdotal stories about miscarriages of justice and official stupidity all over the world. Iran has its fair share or more, for sure. Most of the tourists who go to Iran and who comment on this forum report no official hassles, good service, friendly people. Or do you think those are just the reports of the lucky few who managed to escape alive?
This is getting silly. I'm not going to engage further with these sorts of comments. I will try to provide any useful information I can to people actually planning trips. Frankly, I think that the more American tourists who visit Iran, the better. Their reports and their comments to their friends might go some way to counteracting the prejudice of the uninformed and inexperienced.
Oct 19, 2012 11:38 AM
10Ah, but I love to travel; would even go to Iran right now if I had the chance. From everything I've heard they are among the friendliest people on Earth.
I'd definitely play by the rules though.
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