Visiting Iran as a not married couple
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Aug 31, 2013 2:32 PM Last Post By: hmd6385
Aug 17, 2013 6:00 AM
Visiting Iran as a not married coupleHi,
Iran have been for a long time top of our list, and we are really considering going there next spring.
We are both experienced travelers and plan to travel Iran independently (no tour whatsoever).
Just one basic question: we are not married (different nationality, different names).
Is this an issue when traveling as a couple?
Aug 17, 2013 1:58 PM
1Hopefully someone in Iran will reply with the definitive answer to this - but in the meantime, I know a young couple in Iran who managed to spend several weekends together in a hotel before their respective parents found out that they wished to marry (they gave their consent eventually).
I'm not sure how they got away with it, but it's definitely not unknown in Iran for respectable, unmarried couples to share a hotel room. I guess you just hand over your passports and let the hotel staff decide whether they want to let the room, or not? I doubt if anyone is going to call in the religious police.
Aug 17, 2013 4:07 PM
absolutely no problem.
Nobody really cares about you being married or not. Most of the couples traveling here are not legally married!
They are simply friends or have been cohabiting for long or it happens they just meet to share expenses. I have never seen any one complaining about a problem.
The only thing I remember were smaller hotels in the past who asked them about marriage when they wanted to book a double. (which I think a matter of past in most hotels especially in bigger cities).
Just remember you cannot hang out like lovers who may do so in Arab countries, etc. Any relationship in public is not welcomed neither by officials nor locals.
Aug 17, 2013 4:09 PM
I do not know about your friends but this one is certainly illegal for Iranians and it is strange how they did it.
But for foreigners, that has nothing to do with the police.
It is totally unrelated. They cannot report you or anything even small hotel in a small town cannot do that!
What is certain is that most touristy places are totally familiar with unmarried tourists as a fact and
there is no reason for explanation or worry.
Aug 17, 2013 10:52 PM
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Aug 18, 2013 5:27 AM
6Thanks again ;-)
Just enjoyed the same in India.
But this is an amazing chance to interact with local people and get to know the country.
But when asked, I always "adapt the reality" and say I am married, as in many countries (no matter if Africa, Asia, South America), people just don't understand couples living together for years without being married.
Aug 18, 2013 8:35 AM
7#3 No I don't know how they did it either (especially as you say it is illegal). But a lot of things happen even if they are strictly speaking illegal. My young friends are getting married this year and they are still very happy together. They would like to come and work in Europe, but not much chance of that unfortunately.
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