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Women Traveling to Iran

Iran is very 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. Women travelers should not encounter any major problems when visiting Iran, but will undoubtedly be the subject of at least some unwanted attention. In general, Iranians are warm, friendly and generous individuals with a strong interest in foreigners and other cultures.

Women dress code

There has been an Islamic dress code for women in and traveling to Iran. These rules take effect when your airplane crosses into Iranian airspace. The most common Iranian uniform consists of a head scarf to cover the head and neck, a formless, knee-length coat known as a Manteau and a long dress or pair of pants. Many current guidebooks and travel agencies still instruct women travelers to wear the Chador (a full-length swathe of black or colored cloth). But it is unnecessary, except in holy shrines such as mosques, where you can usually borrow or rent one.

As a foreigner, a female traveler is officially expected to cover her hair and body excluding hands and feet. Usually more tolerance tends to be shown towards foreigners over the detail of the dress code than is the case for Iranian women. However, this does not include leaving one’s hair fully uncovered under any circumstance. Acceptable outfits may include a long, loose dress or shirt worn over loose skirt or pants and a scarf in the summer, and a full-length woolen coat and scarf in the winter (calf-length is acceptable if worn over pants). All colors and modest designs are acceptable.

Do not hesitate to ask any question you may have in this regards.


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