Iran is a country that conjures up so many negative stereotypes. Terrorism, religious extremism, people protesting in the streets chanting “Death to America” or “Death to Israel.” Michael went to visit Iran in 2017, and found that this is nowhere near the case. Iran is a country of contradictions: at once, a place that “officially” has poor relations with the west and a citizenry that embraces it, somewhat. It’s a country that is an Islamic Republic, but where you rarely hear people speak of religion – at least not in the cities. It is a country where westerners believe women are oppressed, but there is no clear indication of such oppression – at least in public. Because of all this, Iran tourism is not really “a thing.”
Should you visit Iran? Of course, that’s a decision you have to make for yourself based on your unique circumstances. But you should not leave it off your list out of fear or ignorance. Iran is a special place, and if you choose to visit, you will very likely be as surprised as I was when I visited. From the people who live there to the architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites like Persepolis, there is something in Iran to suit almost any traveler’s style and budget.
Iran Tourism for Americans and Canadians is different than for others. If you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen looking to visit Iran, then look no further. From getting a visa to the unique circumstances you’ll encounter as a citizen of one of these countries, this is your guide. We will cover:
- Tour arrangements
- Safety in general
- LGBT safety
- Hotels in major cities
- What to pack (and not to pack)
- …and more
And even if you’re not American or Canadian, there is some great information here for you. Iran is so much more than what you think you already know. Iran is food, people, places, and fun. Check out some of the things Michael discovered when he visited by clicking on a section below.