Telephone: IDD service available. Country code: 98. Outgoing international code: 00.
Telex/telegram: Facilities are available at the Central Telegraph Office, Meydan Sepah, and Tehran. There are also telex facilities at the major hotels.
Post: Post Offices are found throughout all cities, towns and villages.
According to the Islamic and social beliefs in Iran, it is necessary for women to be modestly covered & wearing ahead scarf.
The import of following goods into Iran is strictly prohibited: Alcohol, narcotics, guns and ammunitions, radio apparatus, fashion magazines and obscene publications, and filmed, recorded or printed material carrying views contrary to those held by the Islamic regulations. Each passenger leaving the country is permitted to take his/her own personal luggage as well as Persian handicrafts, Gelims and one carpet (not bigger than 3 sq meters) as long as they are not antiques. Export of all antiques such as gems, coins, and hand written manuscripts is prohibited.
To export musical instruments, a permit is required from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
Currency: Iranian Rials. Notes are in denominations of RL 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100. Coins are in denominations of 500, 250, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.All foreign currencies such as Euro, Pound Sterling, US Dollar and Yen can be exchanged. credit cards are not operational in Iran (except in some stores).
Entry restrictions: Nationals of Israel will be refused entry under all circumstances.
Passports: Valid passport required by all.
Visas: Required by all except nationals of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey (for a stay not exceeding 3 months). Requirements are subject to change at short notice, and you are advised to contact the appropriate Embassy or Consular Section.
Types of visa: Entry, Transit, Business, Tourist and Journalist. Fee varies according to nationality of applicant, type of' visa and the existing regulation between countries.
Note: A visa cannot be issued for passports which have a validity of less than 6 months. Exit permits required by all (often included with visa). Validity: Entry visa: up to 3 months from date of authorization.
Transit visa: maximum of 10 days. Application to: Embassy or Consulate. For addresses, see entries.
Application requirements: Two completed application forms, four passports - sized photos and visa fees.
Note: To acquire a tourist visa within 10 days, it would be easier to apply through local tour operators in Iran.
Temporary residence: All foreigners wishing to stay for more than three months must obtain a residence permit.