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 23, 2012 1:32 PM
Oct 24, 2012 4:11 PM
16Thanks for the responses guys! I've already done the Kish Island thing a while back, but that's far from the real Iranian experience. And I'd certainly hate to spend a few years in Evin Prison, so questionable entry credentials is probably not the best idea... Anyway, it was just a thought...
Oct 26, 2012 5:30 AM
17I'm departing for a three week trip to Iran Oct 29. I'm traveling solo. I organized my trip through Pars Tourist Agency. While Americans must be part of an organized tour, I am a tour of one. I will have a guide, but I'm told I will have plenty of free time and will be able to manage what we do when. I worked with PTA to design an itinerary that fit my needs and interests. They managed the visa process for me. It was fairly painless, but as seems usual it took a long time. However, once I had my approval number the Interests Section of the Republic of Iran at the dc Pakistan embassy processed my passport and had it back to me in a couple of days. I called and spoke with the visa section guy, who was tremendously nice and helpful.
The authorities and the agencies very much want us to visit. They ask that we do so under their terms, which seem relatively painless and not terribly constricting. Why mess around with that?I think you can probably craft a visit that will be satisfying to you, just find an agency that will work with you, like I did.
I'll report on how things work for me there. I don't anticipate being kept on a leash.
Oct 26, 2012 1:35 PM
That's awesome! Please let us know what you think of Pars Tourist agency after you come back. I'm planning a trip to Iran in February and am about to contact both Pars and gashtour to compare and see which one would fit best for me (solo traveller here as well.)
Nov 2, 2012 5:53 PM
19JakartaBoy, there isn't much interesting to say.
Cross the border. You get a 'guard', which is some young army/police dude who just wants you to tip him. They make you take a taxi. Then they take you to the base down the road and get another young army/police dude who just wants more money. Than they take you to the base in Zahadeen, where you sit around for like 5 hours. Then they take you to the bus terminal and hand you over to the cops at the terminal. Who then make you sit in there office until a bus is ready to go to your destination. They make sure you do not see any of Balochistan. Then on the road between Zahadeen and Bam, you stop for a couple of checks where everyone gets off with there bags and they are thoroughly searched.
It took me all day to get from the border to Bam (I think I arrived at like 11pm in Bam). Admitably its nothing compared to the torment of travel between Quetta and the border.
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