The Es­sen­tials

Timeless Travels Magazine - - IRAN -

Time dif­fer­ence: GMT + 3.30

Lan­guage: The lan­guage of Iran is Per­sian.

Tip­ping: Tip­ping is not ex­pected although al­ways wel­come.

Elec­tri­cal Cur­rent/ Plugs: The volt­age is the same as the USA: 120V, 60 Hz. Al­most all elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions in Iran are Eu­ro­pean round two-pin style how­ever some parts of cen­tral Tehran still use the British plugs. There will prob­a­bly be just one power point in your room, so plan ahead to charge all your gad­gets. A small power board can also be use­ful to bring with you.

Re­li­gion: It is said that 99% of Ira­ni­ans are Shi'a Mus­lims. The gov­ern­ment does not recog­nise non-re­li­gious Ira­ni­ans.

Wa­ter: Tap wa­ter is safe to drink in Tehran although bot­tled wa­ter is gen­er­ally rec­om­mended.

Pol­i­tics: Iran is a theoc­racy. Ac­cord­ing to its con­sti­tu­tion, its laws and reg­u­la­tions must be based on Is­lamic cri­te­ria. There is a supreme leader who has the fi­nal pol­icy de­ci­sions and a pres­i­dent who is elected for four years.

Cul­ture: WOMEN: must wear a head­scarf and loose-fit­ting cloth­ing that doesn't out­line your body shape and cov­ers you to your wrists and an­kles at all times, apart from in the pri­vacy of your ho­tel bed­room. The head­scarf can be of any colour and tied un­der the chin. It is ac­cept­able for some hair to be shown, although in more tra­di­tional ar­eas all hair may need to be cov­ered. There is usu­ally no prob­lem with wear­ing open-toed san­dals.

MEN: must wear full-length trousers. Short-sleeved shirts are ac­cept­able but sleeve­less 'sin­glet' tops are not ac­cept­able. Open-toed san­dals are now ac­cept­able for men but an­kles must still be cov­ered by your trousers.

Al­co­hol is strictly for­bid­den in Iran and se­vere penal­ties will be in­curred by any­one at­tempt­ing to bring it into the coun­try. Drug laws are also ex­tremely strict and trav­ellers face lengthy jail terms if caught.

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