Iran Through the Eyes of Travelers
Iran, formerly known as Persia, is a tourist-friendly and safe country where the spice of magic and exotic is guaranteed! An authentic country where the level of tourism is still low is gaining a new position as a destination for curious, new-minded travelers who are looking to escape a unifying Europe and its capitals. So, what say travelers who have already been in Iran?
Iran is in the Middle East and it has many unique rules that are not common to Europeans. First, when you enter the territory of Iran from 2021, you are in the year 1400, because this country does not use the usual Gregorian calendar, but the Iranian calendar instead. This country is the only Islamic republic, so in many areas of life, the rules are dictated by the Islamic religion, even if you are a non-believer or a representative of another religion. It is the only Islamic country with an official Shiite Islamic orientation. Unlike Sunnis in Turkey, Iranians prays not five, but only three times a day. In addition, it is accepted in the country that there is no noise from mosques near residential houses, so you will rarely hear a call to pray.
Language and Safety
Of course, it is convenient to have at least basics of Farsi, Turkish, or Arabic languages, but the knowledge of English is quite good of local people. There will often be at least one person in the Iranian family who speaks good English. Children are taught English in schools, but due to the poor quality of education, many parents allow their kids to take additional private English language courses. In the larger cities of the country, even the elderly people can speak a little of English.
Locals understand that Iran is described as a dangerous and terroristic country abroad, so to break down stereotypes, they are trying to ensure that foreigners would change their mind. By opposing the actions of their government, locals are talking about peace and a desire to maintain good relationships with all nations. Because of this approach, it is a safe country for foreigners as both locals and the strict national police work to help and protect travelers from any potential dangers.
Before coming to Iran, everyone should be aware that there are strict clothing rules that even travelers must follow. According to the Islamic tradition, a woman must hide her hair under a scarf and cover her entire body except the face, feet, and hands. The clothes of women should be not transparent and loose to minimize body silhouette. For this reason, most of local women wear chador on their usual clothes. This is a big piece of fabric into which a woman clings herself and holds the ends by hands. In Iran, it is mandatory to wear chador only in a mosque or when a woman is praying. In any other situations, it is a personal choice to wear it or not. Men in Iran are required to wear long trousers, so any kind of shorts are prohibited.