How To Keep Yourself Safe During An Iranian Vacation
Many people find the country of Iran fascinating. That is often because it’s unlike most other nations in the Middle East. While Western governments warn of high terrorism threats, there are few instances of that nature. Indeed, the Iranian people have built a reputation for being some of the most peaceful in the world. Their recent acceptance of a far-reaching nuclear deal helps to highlight that fact. As a mainly Shia country, their version is Islam is a little more relaxed when compared to Sunni countries around the world. However, you still need to be careful if you plan to visit, and so you should make good use of this advice.
Book an organised group trip
In most instances, it’s sensible to book an organised group vacation for safety reasons. While the Iranian people have nothing against you, they do dislike the government running your country. So, visiting with other people just lowers the chances of getting any abuse. Also, it means you’ll feel a lot safer because you’re in the company of many individuals just like you. After the nuclear deal orchestrated by Mark Dubowitz, many people have relaxed their attitudes towards the West. They now feel a little less persecuted, and that should help with relations during your visit.
Don’t walk the streets alone at night
Making sure you’re never alone during the evenings is also a wise move. However, you could say that for almost any country in the world. Iran has a thriving nightlife that you’ll want to experience. Again, just take your travel partner along to any coffee houses or shisha bars. Nine times out of ten, you won’t experience any issues. Indeed, Western people pack their bags and visit Iran so infrequently that most locals will want to stop and have a chat. They’ll feel fascinated by the fact you’ve chosen to holiday in their nation when Iran and the US have such a painful history. However, the fact that you’re there without bodyguards should work in your favor. It will suggest to them that you’re not interested in the political side of things.
Only take photos when your guide says it’s okay
In Iran, and most other countries, it is illegal to take photographs of military structures. The issue is that most of them aren’t hidden in this nation. So, it’s possible for holidaymakers to snap some pictures and get into trouble unintentionally. That is the last thing you want to happen, as some tourists have been arrested as spies in the past. Ideally, you want to keep your camera in your bag until the guide says otherwise. You can still take photographs in cities, and when you visit ancient monuments. Just avoid snapping the police, weapons, or any government buildings.
The only other things you need to consider relate to Islamic customs. For instance, it’s not a good idea to drink alcohol while you’re visiting Iran. Thankfully, they’re not quite as strict with dress codes as most people imagine. Women don’t have to wear a hijab or a burka. However, it’s still fun to adopt the local dress and immerse yourself in the culture. You’ll get a more rounded experience that way.