In Iran Thursday and Friday can be considered as weekend.  Government and private organizations are open from Saturday till Thursday afternoon except public holidays. In Tehran, the government organizations are usually open until Wednesday and they are closed on Thursday and Friday. But in other cities, they are open until Thursday.    The opening hours in Tehran is from 8:00 am until 16:00 pm. In other cities, they open from 7:30 till 14:00 pm.

Banks and post offices are open from Saturday till Wednesday from 8:00 am till 16:00 pm and on Thursday from 8:00 am till 13:00 pm. Hospitals and medical centers are open 24 hours except private clinics.

Generally speaking, Iran has a good quality medical services and most hospitals and medical centers in big cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, etc provide a high standard medical care in Iran. However, in some remote areas, the medical service may not be to such a standard. If you need urgent medical treatment, you need to inform us or your guide to consider this service in your program.

Police: 110, Medical emergency: 115, Fire: 125

There are many exchange offices in big cities like Tehran. Be very careful, there are two rates: One rate is for Central Bank of Iran and another is free market rate which is higher than the official one. Please ask for the free market rate.  Many exchange offices are located in Firdausi square in Tehran.  If you like, our company can do it for you to avoid any fraud. 

Please note that: There is no official service for the internationally known credit cards like MasterCard, Visa Card, etc in Iran. Though there has been great efforts to fix that issue but with the current political situation, they are not still allowed. Generally, it is recommended to take some cash with you while traveling in Iran. To facilitate this issue, our company can provide domestic credit card to domestic purchase upon your request.

We confidently ensure that Iran is a safe country if you travel with children. Many recreation areas and tourist destinations provide special services for children.  Most 4 and 5 star hotels and restaurants in Iran do provide childcare facilities upon your request. But, if you travel with infants, and they have a special feeding habit, then please let us know. Our company can provide such facilities for your children.

Iran is trying to improve the facilities for disabled travelers. The following are some tips:

  • Before traveling, inform your agent of the physical condition so that they can make proper arrangements.
  • Consult your doctors about the trip. Make sure to bring enough medicines and your adaptive aids such as a wheelchair.
  • Make sure your health insurance provides cover for your overseas visit. Alternatively, will your travel insurance will cover it.
  • Most airlines and airports in Iran can provide facilities for disabled travelers. Ask the staffs for assistance if you are in difficulty.

Nowadays, Internet is popular in Iran even in remote areas. In Iran, internet cafes are known as cafenets.   These places are readily available in most cities although there are fewer such places with each passing year as everyone has mobile internet and wi-fi is increasingly common.  Most hotels and some restaurants also provide Internet services. Generally, you can surf the Internet quickly and smoothly, but the fees do vary. For your information some popular social media like: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter are filtered in Iran.  

You need to know due to the government policies and Islamic regulation access to thousands of websites is officially blocked by the government. Currently, these websites are filtered:  

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Telegram

BBC and most Western news services

Currently, Skype, whatsapp, Instagram are accessible, but most Iranians use telegram.me or whatsapp to communicate with each other. Many, perhaps even most, Iranian businesses in the tourist sector have an Instagram page. To get around filtered websites, most Iranians use a VPN client – set one up on your device before you leave home, although it can slow things down considerably, which can be particularly frustrating where the wi-fi is already slow.

Attention: Try not to use internet banking or even PayPal while you’re in Iran, as international banking sites routinely block any IPs coming from Iran.

  • Never take photos in sensitive areas such as military base, airfield, etc. and other sensitive areas where photography is forbidden.
  • Ask for permission before taking photos of other people.
  • Some holy shrines do not allow photography. So you’d better look for the sign or ask for the staffs before taking photos.

Although with the existence of smart phones, the time difference will be adjusted automatically, but time in Tehran (the capital) is three and a half hours ahead of GMT.  It means, if the current time in London is 7:00 am, in Tehran is: 10:30 am.  The following website tell you the right time in Tehran:

https://time.is/Tehran

Similar to many countries, Iran uses the familiar metric system in which length is measured by meters and weight by kilograms. To convert metric system quantities into British or American measures, you may use the conversion tables which usually appear at the end of dictionaries, calendars, etc. Additionally, you can use this site to convert measures online: https://www.convert-me.com/en/

The current electricity is 220V AC, 50Hz. Wall sockets are mainly the European, two round-pin type.  The following plugs are used:

Iranian calendar is based on solar system, while the religious calendar is based on lunar system. However, both launched from the exodus of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina. Therefore, within one solar year some religious holidays are observed twice. Religious holidays are subject to change depending upon the official sighting of the moon. The new moon is seen in Arab countries one day earlier, thus there is a difference of one day in important religious days in Iran and the Arab states. In the following table, both national and religious holidays are depicted for 2018.

DateWeekdayHoliday NameHoliday Type
Feb 11SundayRevolution DayNational holiday
Mar 20TuesdayMarch equinoxSeason
Mar 20TuesdayOil Nationalization DayNational holiday
Mar 21WednesdayNorooz (Persian New Year)National holiday
Mar 22ThursdayNorooz HolidayNational holiday
Mar 23FridayNorooz HolidayNational holiday
Mar 24SaturdayNorooz HolidayNational holiday
Mar 30FridayBirthday of Imam AliNational holiday
Apr 1SundayIslamic Republic DayNational holiday
Apr 2MondayNature DayNational holiday
Apr 13FridayProphet’s AscensionNational holiday
May 2WednesdayImam Mahdi’s birthdayNational holiday
Jun 4MondayAnniversary of Khomeini’s DeathNational holiday
Jun 5TuesdayRevolt of Khordad 15National holiday
Jun 6WednesdayMartyrdom of Imam AliNational holiday
Jun 15FridayEid-e-Fetr (End of Ramadan)National holiday
Jun 16SaturdayEid-e-Fetr (Additional Holiday)National holiday
Jun 21ThursdayJune SolsticeSeason
Jul 9MondayMartyrdom of Imam SadeqNational holiday
Aug 21TuesdayEid-e-Ghorban (Feast of Sacrifice)National holiday
Aug 29WednesdayEid-e-GhadirNational holiday
Sep 19WednesdayTassouaNational holiday
Sep 20ThursdayAshuraNational holiday
Sep 23SundaySeptember equinoxSeason
Oct 29MondayArbaeenNational holiday
Nov 7WednesdayDemise of Prophet Muhammad and Martyrdom of Imam HassanNational holiday
Nov 8ThursdayMartyrdom of Imam RezaNational holiday
Nov 25SundayBirthday of Prophet Muhammad and Imam SadeqNational holiday
Dec 21FridayDecember SolsticeSeason