Traveling to a new, unknown country is all about interesting adventures. Still, let’s not forget that each country has its own laws and customs. To make your trip safe, you need to know in advance what you should be aware of. In Iran, it is quite comfortable and safe for tourists. The local people are very friendly. Yet there are some dangers which we will tell you about today:
What tourists should be aware of in Iran: Thieves on motorcycles
Despite the fact that the streets and bazaars are always crowded in Iran, pickpockets and scammers are rare to be witnessed. Still, beware of motorcyclists on the streets that may drive up and grab a bag at a speed. For travel, choose a comfortable backpack that will be difficult to snatch from your hands.
What tourists should be aware of in Iran: Traffic in Iran
The traffic in Iran is rather heavy, especially in the big cities like Shiraz, Mashhad and in the capital. According to statistics, every year about 20,000 people die in car accidents. Drivers rarely follow the traffic rules. Moreover, they may even ignore traffic signals, signposts, never give way to pedestrians and can even accelerate right on the zebra walk where pedestrians are already crossing the road. You have to be extremely cautious on the roads. It is not advisable to rent a car in such crazy traffic.
What tourists should be aware of in Iran: Women tourists in the spotlight
Girls and women should be ready to be in the limelight. Men often pay extra attention to women tourists on the streets, may scream compliments and even ask for a phone number. In such cases, you just need to ignore them, never get into contact or get in a conflict.
Being in a Muslim country, tourists often do not keep the dress code, which may lead to such situations. You can easily avoid the situation by keeping the rules of hijab. Before traveling to Iran buy a handkerchief to cover your head, a loose shirt that will cover your hands and loose trousers.
What tourists should be aware of in Iran: The weather
In Iran, the weather is quite diverse. From cold ski resort, you may go down and get into the city, where the temperature can reach up to +50 degrees. Popular tours about Iran include desert cities and in such conditions, it is necessary to keep the rules in order to survive such a heat. First, choose clothing from linen and in light colors. Always have water with you and drink much water. There are traditional refreshing drinks sold at every step. Plus, there are drinking fountains on the streets.
What tourists should be aware of in Iran: The police
On the streets, you can see policemen watching the order. The main function of the policemen patrolling on the street is the safety of tourists. There are rules you should follow while traveling about Iran. It is forbidden to photograph prohibited objects, to drink alcohol, to kiss on the street and etc. In a word, be modest on the street, and you will not have problems with the police.
What tourists should be aware of in Iran: Earthquakes
The territory of Iran is located in the seismically active zone. The largest disaster in Iran over the past 40 years was in 2013, the magnitude of the earthquake was 7,8. If a disaster happens during your stay remember the safety rules, quickly leave the building if you are in it, and stay away from electricity.