FAQ

Iran currency FAQs
“What is the currency in Iran?
Iranian rial
What is the difference between Rial and Toman?
So, there is no difference between rial and toman. Official currency in Iran is rial. The word toman is used by the local people, especially in the daily based payments and for sure, sometimes it is confusing for the ones that are not Iranians. … So, 10 000rial is equal to 1000 toman
What is a Toman?
The Iranian toman fromTurkish tümen “”unit of ten thousand””, is a superunit of the official currency of Iran, the rial. It was divided into 10,000 dinars.
Are US dollars accepted in Iran?
It is not important; USA dollars; Euro; GBP are all accepted in Iran . You should change your money in a money exchange shop and they are all over Iran so you will have no problem finding one
Is there any Western Union in Iran?
Most US banks will not handle a transfer to Iran for you, and popular money transfer providers like Western Union and MoneyGram don’t offer their services to Iran. Even if you can find a money transfer willing to help you send money to Iran you will then need to be very careful about the purpose of the transfer.

Iran visa FAQs
1. Do I need a visa to travel toIran? All foreign visitors require a valid visa to enter Iran except for citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Bolivia, Slovenia, Malaysia and Turkey. This list is subject to change, please make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of six months.
2. Can I get entry visa to Iran?  Holders of normal passports traveling as a tourist can obtain a visa on arrival (under certain conditions) for a maximum stay of 30 days at most airports except for citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States, and Uzbekistan. These nationalities are required to apply at an Iranian embassy/consulate for the Iranian visa prior to their arrival to Iran.
3. can I travel to Iran if I have Israeli stamp in my Passport? Your application will be rejected if you have a travel visa from Isreal. This rule also applies if the passport holder has an entry or exit stamp from Egyptian/Israeli, Jordanian/ Israeli border.
4. Are there any specific requirements for ABC (US, UK and Canadian) citizens travelling to Iran? Visas for those travellers are subject to particular regulations. Presently the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) does not allow these nationals to travel to Iran independently.  They are required to travel along with a licensed tour guide provided by registered travel company from the moment of arrival to departure. A fixed itinerary, a copy of the first page of passport plus detailed information of all travellers inculding thier CVs & social media Ids must be submitted via the travel agency in advance and the tourism board will check the itinerary and details of travelers. After confirmation of tourism board, the agency will apply for the visa in Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The finalized itinerary is not subject to change. Due to the requirements we advise the travellers to make the necessary arrangements minimum two months in advance prior to their travel date.
5. Which Iranian airports grant Visa upon arrival? Presently you can get visa on arrival at the following airports: Tehran (Imam Khomaini), Bushehr, Shiraz, Isfahan( Shahid Beheshti), Mashhad, Gheshm, Kerman Shah, Kish and Tabriz.
6. Can I extend my visa in Iran? You can extend your visa two times. The duration for each visa extension is for 30 days.
7. Can Adventure Iran (Caravan Kooch Adventure Travel Co.) Apply for visa? We are a registered travel agency with more than a decade of experience in providing services. We can apply for visa authorazation number for those intrested to book a tour with us.
1. We can apply visa for agencies and groups. After approval, we will forward the Visa reference number to the customer.
2. Please note that we are unable to apply for this code (visa reference number) if you don’t book all duration of your trip with us.
3. Lately the rules for applying visa have changed to make them easier. You can simply, by yourself, at the airports mentioned above get a 30 day visa upon arrival.
8. What is Iranian Visa Reference Number? When you apply for a visa at an approved Iranian travel agency, the agency will apply for your visa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Upon approval of your visa, a visa reference number will be generated by MFA and faxed to the Iranian consulate nearest to your residence. Your tour agency will send you this reference number. You can hand over the reference number to the Iranian Embassy to obtain your Visa.
Please note: The visa reference number is an “authorization code” and means that your visa has been granted by MFA. You will use this number to pick up your visa at the designated consulate/embassy of Iran or have it posted to your address. For further information, please contact the Iranian Embassy closest to you.
Below you can find a list of the Iranian Embassies.
http://adventureiran.com/your-adventure-iran-trip/233-iranian-embassies.html
9.I live far away from the Iranian Embassy. Can I collect my visa upon arrival at the airport?
You can send your documents to Adventure Iran and in the visa application form there is a box for the location that you would like to collect your visa. You should mention that you would like to collect your visa from the following airports: 
IKA: Tehran Imam Khomaini Airport
MHD: Mashhad Airport
SYZ: Shiraz Airport
TBZ: Tabriz Airport
ISF: Isfahan Airport
BUZ: Bushehr Airport
KIH: Kish Airport
KSH: Kerman Shah Airport
NOTE: It is vital to have your visa reference number to collect your Iranian visa.
For more information please lvisit the link below:
http://adventureiran.com/your-adventure-iran-trip/234-iran-visa-on-arrival-countries.html

10.What are the necessary documents in order to apply for a visa reference number with Adventure Iran?
Fill out the booking /application form. Please make sure your information matches with the contents of your passport.
A copy of the first page of your passport. Kindly scan the passport page and make sure the size of the scan does not exceed 500kb. The passport photo should be clearly visible.
A passport sized photo in JPEG format. 
For ABC (American, British and Canadian) countries we need CV and social media Id of all travellers.
11.How long will it take to get an Iranian visa? The visa process for ABC (US, UK and Canadian) passport holders will take about one month. For other nationalities the process will take about 7-10 working days. Please note during Nowrooz (Iranian New Year) the MFA will be closed from 17-25 March.
12.After I collect my visa how long it is valid for? Visas are valid for a maximum period of three months from the time of its issue.
13.What type of documents will I need for collecting my visa in emmbasy, consulate or airport? Once we send you the authorization code, you need following documents to get your visa.
Visa application form
Your passport
Visa fee
Visa insurance fee
Photos
Copy of your travel insurance.
Some consulates may have different requirements, please check beforehand!
The return time of your visa (stamped in your passport) to your home address is usually within a week but can take longer. Visiting the embassy personally might speed up the process. Some Iranian embassies and consulates may only be open for 3 or 4 days a week and might have limited opening hours. We recommend the flight dates not to be fixed and be refundable in case of possible delays.
14. How is the cost of visa reference number with Adventure Iran? There is no extra charge for visa invitation. This is a part of our service when you book a tour.
15. Do I pay for visa issuing/Stamp? Yes, Iranian embassy/cunsulate/ airport immigration will charge you a fee for issuing your visa. This is completely seperate with any amount paid for your tour.

General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Why should I travel with Adventure Iran?
We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We’ve spent our lives roaming the country and other parts of the globe in search of interesting trips and memorable experiences. Now we would like to show you our part of the world in a way different than offered by any one else.
Adventure Iran trips are built for small groups, with a maximum of 14 travelers on each trip. By traveling in small groups we leave minimal ecological impact, cause little disruption to the native life and are able to gain a better appreciation for our surroundings. Small numbers also allow greater flexibility and spontaneity: a dinner in a local home, an impromptu visit to a village wedding or a visit to a rural school can be among the most memorable experiences of your journey.

 Can we travel with our children?
Depending on which trip you would like to book! Our active trips were designed with adults in mind. Older teenagers from around the age of 15 are certainly welcome to accompany their parents under their supervision. It is up to their parents’ judgment to decide whether they can handle the trip. But some of our trip like soft adventure trips suitable for the families that would like to travel with children.

What about supplies and equipment?
Each trip is unique, and for an exact breakdown of what is and isn’t included you should consult the specific trip itineraries. However, generally included on all trips are the following: all accommodation depend on the itinerary a twin shared basis, guest house or local homestay and most meals, tents and other camp related equipment, internal travel and veteran guides equipped with first aid.

Can I rent ski equipment?
Yes. Regular ski gear and boots are rentable and the equipment might not be up to the standards of Gstaad or Chamonix. How ever this is for regular ski equipment only. Randonee, Telemark or any other specialized ski-mountaineering gear are not available. You have to bring your own.

Do you book international flights?
The short answer is No.
The reason for not booking flights is that we believe offering a tour without the flight gives you several advantages. You are able to look around for the best deals on offer, probably saving yourself a lot of money. Also you have far greater flexibility in deciding which airline you might prefer to book with, where you want to come from, or where you might want to stop off en-route. As well as these, many people join our tours when they are already in the country, removing the need for a flight altogether.

What kind of food should we expect to be served?
We pride ourselves on trying our best to provide good, organic, healthy and delicious local food. For our various trips we have made a concerted effort in providing local dishes served only in those parts of the country. Iranian cuisine is quite varied and in different regions you have very specific and seasonal dishes.
Do you cater to vegetarians?
Yes we do. On our forms we ask this question and plan accordingly. Please note this is for standard vegetarians and not vegans, since it is too difficult to cater by eliminating all dairy and other requirements of vegans.

 Is Iranian food hot and spicy?
No, Iranian food is delicately flavoured with organic herbs and mild spices such as dill, tarragon, saffron and turmeric. Most Iranian people have a terrible time handling hot foods from places like India and Pakistan.

Do you handle custom itineraries?
If you have a special request for your group, we will be happy to tailor an itinerary to match your specifications. We require a minimum of 4 people to customize an itinerary. We will help you build it from the ground up at a price that’s a lot more affordable than you might think. Contact us with your detailed request, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please refer to Tailormade segment on the site.

What should women wear if they are trekking or biking in Iran?
Women should wear what they would ordinarily for trekking with the exception of shorts which are prohibited. It is recommended that women bring Manteau and buffs which can be worn around the neck and then pulled up over the head to cover hair should the need arise such as entering a village. In cities and towns a head scarf is mandatory.

Is it safe to drink the water from the tap? What are other options?
The water is quite drinkable and safe. High standards and full chlorination are used for Iranian municipal water systems. Like most places in the world these days a variety of plastic bottled mineral water is also available.

Where can I exchange money?
Similar to practically all international airports one can exchange money there, no matter what time; but only a certain number of bank branches have currency exchange windows. In addition there are specialized exchange houses available in most big cities. In Tehran these Casas de Cambios (as they are called all over Latin America) are quite numerous. We will assist in every way possible to make sure you can exchange currency easily and efficiently at current rates.

What about travel insurance?
Travel Insurance is mandatory for our trips. We recommend you research various options available from your country and make sure you are fully covered for travel and health insurance out of the country.

Do I get an airport transfer?
It depends on your itinerary. If your trip includes an airport pick up, you will be picked up accordingly.

I want to buy some souvenirs like carpets when I am on the tour. Can I carry them with me on the tour?
There are many great opportunities for buying exciting and valuable souvenirs on many of our tours. However, it is not always practical to carry large items around. Most places can arrange for items such as carpets to be shipped home at relatively low costs and this is usually a better and safer policy.
“How many different languages are spoken in Iran?
The official language of Iran is only one: Persian. Seven more languages are recognized regional languages: Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Lori, Mazandarani, Gilaki, Balochi and Arabic. The map of languages spoken in Iran is as complex and confusing as is the case with ethnic groups.”
“What is the religion of Iran?
Religion in Iran. Sunni and Shi’i are the two largest branches of Islam, with the overwhelming majority of Iranians practicing Shi’i Islam. About 90 percent of Iranians practice Shi’ism, the official religion of Iran.[i] By contrast, most Arab states in the Middle East are predominantly Sunni.”