Apart from what the media portrays Iran is safe and people will be prepared to help you with any difficulty – it would be a matter of national pride. Theft is rare and even the secret police leave tourists alone. Still, it’s best for guys not to try and talk to women in the street.
Apart from what the media portrays Iran is safe and people will be prepared to help you in any difficulty – it would be a matter of national pride. Theft is rare and even the secret police leave tourists alone. Still, it’s best for guys not to try and talk to women in the street. The water is clean and the food is safe.
It is such a safe country that many travelers describe it as the ‘safest country I’ve ever been to’, or ‘much safer than traveling in Europe’. Iran is a wonderful country for all to visit, whether you're interested in food, culture, history, shopping, religion, architecture or politics. It all blends together to make for one incredible experience.
In general Iran is much safer than many from the West might believe and in general, Iran is one of the safest countries in Middle East.. Most people are genuinely friendly and interested to know about you and your country, so leave aside your preconceptions and come with an open mind. Iran is still a relatively low-crime country, although thefts and muggings have been on the increase in recent years. Keep your wits about you, and take the usual precautions against pickpockets in crowded bazaars and buses.
Try not to travel in the southeastern area of Iran, meaning the provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan, and also to some degree Southern Khorasan province. Although Chahbahar (a city close to the Pakistan border) is very calm and friendly city.
Ignore the media hype; your chances of facing anti-Western sentiment as a traveler are none. Even hardline Iranians make a clear distinction between the Western governments they distrust and individual travelers who visit their country.
Emergency services are extensive in Iran, and response times are very good compared to other local regions, 110 is the telephone number of the local Police control center, it is probably easiest to phone 110, as the local police have direct contact with other emergency services, and will probably be the only number with English speaking operators. Other Emergency Services are also available via 115 for Ambulances and 125 for the Fire and Rescue team (these numbers are frequently answered by the Ambulance or Fire crew operating from them, there is little guarantee these men will speak English). The international number 112 is available from cell phones, and will usually connect you to the Police. Iran has also "Iran Assistance" an insurance company specializing in international medical evacuation.
Iran has state-of-the-art medical facilities in all its major cities. Apart from being up to date with your usual travel vaccinations (tetanus, polio, etc) no special preparation is needed for travel to Iran.
Tap water is safe to drink in most of the country (and especially the cities), although you may find the chalkiness and taste off-putting in some areas (mainly Qom, Yazd, Hormozgan and Boushehr provinces). Bottled mineral water is widely available. Also, on many streets and sites, public water fridges are installed to provide drinking water.
In general, Iranians are warm, friendly and generous individuals with a strong interest in foreigners and other cultures. However most Iranians are quite curious about travelers and they will try to talk to you about what brings you to their country. You will find the most hospitable, the friendliest and the most generous people you can imagine. Meet the people in Iran and you will have the most memorable experience on your travels.