How to Travel to Iran

How to Travel to Iran
Although it may not be at the top of your list, Iran is a beautiful country filled with numerous mountain ranges, trails and breathtaking ancient ruins. It is the perfect location for those looking to go for long bike rides and extensive hiking. However, because of its location and political issues, it can be a little more difficult to enter the country than other more popular tourist destinations.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Passport Visa
  • Passport
  • Visa
Step 1
Request or renew your passport (if needed) through a local federal post office.
Step 2
Apply for a visa through an Iranian embassy. For this you will need to pay a fee as well as have a "sponsor" co-sign it. This co-signer can be a travel agency or an individual in good standing with the Iranian government.
Step 3
Wait for the embassy to approve the visa application. This is not guaranteed and there is sometimes no telling if your application will be approved or not. This wait can take anywhere from several days to a few months. However, most individuals will eventually receive a 30-day visa.
Step 4
Look at renting a bicycle. Most cities will have bicycle renting establishments since it is a major means of transportation within the country.
Step 5
Bring a GPS unit. It is all right to bring these into the country. When out on a hiking excursion or bike ride, these can come in handy. Many of the roads look extremely similar and the global positioning unit will help you get back to your lodging.
Step 6
Hike or bike outside of larger cities, such as Shiraz and Tehran. Stay on the main roads. It is important to not venture too far off the main path because, although rare, kidnapping of Western tourists has been known to happen.

Tips & Warnings

There really is no better location to hike or bike than others, because most of the roads and trails outside of the cities are similar to one another. Safety should be your first priority.

Article Written By Greyson Ferguson

Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.

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