Dress Code in Iran

Iran is a country with a dress code and respecting Islamic rules including “Hijab” or the Islamic dress-code is a necessity in Iran. However such rules are not observed strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners. 
Basically, the rules are quite simple: for men, no short pants or extreme short sleeve and tight shirts. For women, head and hair must be covered, and it is also necessary to wear something loose to cover the body

What to wear then?

Most  people are shocked by the way people dress in Iran once they arrive as the reality is far from the stereotypes. Iranian women are typically stylish and take great care  in their appearance. It is not uncommon to see hair exposed under very small loose fitting scarves. Many Iranian women wear jeans or related clothes with a loose fitting long sleeve top which covers them down to the mid thigh area. It is also common to see makeup and varnished nails.
Yes, Iran is a country with dress code. However, very few people know that the typical stereotype of all Iranian women being forced to wear black chadors whilst in public is completely false.
Currently in Iran, the Islamic dress code is still observed all over the country. The code calls for women to cover their hair, necks and arms. Modern women in Iran today, wear a "manteau" or overcoat, similar to a uniform. The overcoats have long sleeves and usually come below the knee, and a scarf or shawl is used to cover the hair. This can be worn by folding the two opposite corners of a scarf to get a triangle and tying the scarf around your head. Trousers or stockings are worn under the overcoat.
 
For men, generally, Shorts, Panties are not worn in public. You will find many Iranians who dress in a very Western style for private functions and events. Therefore the fashions really depend upon the destination and purpose of your trip. When dealing with government agencies, schools, embassies, and the like, obeying the rules is highly recommended.
 


Tips: 

Here are a few tips to specify and describe the dress code in Iran:
Gentlemen ! Shorts are not acceptable in public. Wearing ties or bows and T-shirts is all right.
Ladies! You don’t have to worry about maintaining your hijab all the time. Normally the maximum penalty for disregarding the Hijab rule is a simple request (usually in a kind way) by police or authorities to make it correct. There are some minimum requirements for female traveler’s dress-code in public places:
1. Color : It's only a rumor that wearing must be dark in Iran. There is no limitation in this case and we recommend you use light colors especially in summer.
2. Head : Although hair must be covered but it does not mean you should have a tight scarf around your head. It's quite acceptable for women to let some of their hair fall freely. You can also use appropriate hats & caps as well as scarves. The scarf is the most common covering for head and it’s called "Roosari" in Persian.
3. Body : Body and arms should be covered by loose clothes called a Manteau which is similar to a light overcoat.
4. Legs & feet : Legs should be covered down to ankles. Tight jeans are no problem and you can wear sandals with bare feet.
Tip1 : In winter time, apart from covering the head, the rest is the same as what you wear in your home country.  
Tip2 : Its best to enter Iran with a coat and a scarf and then select your own style by watching the Iranian women in the streets.
Tip3 : In some holy shrines you need to have a Chador to enter and it will be given to you in the entrance.
Tip4 : In international flights to Iran, you need to respect the dress code rule as soon as the plane enters Iranian air space. Watching the flight attendants will give you a good idea of when you are required to put on your scarf and manteau. 

 

Use of Alcohol in Iran

Under the law, it is forbidden for Iran's Muslim citizens to have alcoholic drink. Drinking for Iranian or Foreigners in public places are strictly prohibited and subject to penalty.
The alcoholic drinks market in Iran consist of only non-alcoholic beer and Bottled grape juices as the law bans alcohol for Muslim citizens. Non-Muslim citizens (namely Christian and Jewish citizens) are allowed to produce alcoholic beverages for their own consumption. Foreigners and visitors are not also allowed to bring alcohol into the country,  However, despite complete prohibition for Muslim citizens, there is widespread alcohol use across Iran.

 

Food & Water

Iran has some of the best dishes in the world. The Persian cuisine consists of a delicious array of stews and different rice among many other dishes. And of course Persian bread. These used to be all made inside brick ovens (tanoors) by hand but machines have taken the place of many. Still, Persian breads are a part of any good meal and they are simply delicious. Persian sweets and pastries are absolutely wonderful and you can find pastry shops in every corner of main streets. If you get lucky enough to be invited to someone's house for lunch or dinner, be sure to pick up a box of fresh pastries at a local shop. Fast food stores abound serving all sorts of creative sandwiches. Don't be shy to try different things and most certainly don't stay away from eating real Iranian food. The majority of people in Iran are conscious of properly cleaning fruits and vegetables and general cooking hygiene. Tap water is absolutely safe to drink in any part of the country although you might not like the taste in some southern parts. Bottled water is readily available every where.

 

Tipping

It is common to tip in Iran in Tourism Industry. At the airports the luggage carts are free for anyone to use but if you get assistance from someone with the cart, you should tip him. People generally leave 10% tip in fancy restaurants.

 

Population – Language & Communication – Religion- Electricity – Currency & Safety  

-According to the latest statistics Iran has an near-estimated population of  79,827,900 inhabitants. Almost 75 percent of population are city dwellers.

-The official Religion in Iran is Islam ( Shiite Branch ) with 89 percent of population as followers. 8 percent of population are Muslim Sunnites, 3 percent Zoroastrians- Christians –Jewish- Yazidis and Haqis and Bahaa-is as classified under minorities.

-Official language in Iran is Persian ( Farsi ) spoken by 51 percent of population and understood by almost 90 percent of population, however there is 10 other languages spoken in different provinces with various dialects like Kurdish, Lurish,Tatish, Gils, Baluch, Dari, Armenian, Turkish, Hebrew and Arabic. English is spoken and understood but to a much lesser extent. Other languages like French and German are only spoken by intellectuals and very old generation in major cities as two idioms entered Iran in the last part of 18Th century and long before English arrives.  Almost all road signs in Iran are in Persian & English together.
Internet in Iran is widely available and most of the Internet media like Whats App / Viber/ Tango/ Facebook/Twitter Etc.. are freely available however some with anti-filtering access.

-Electricity in Iran is 220V in the main with round two pin plug outlets.

-Local Currency is Iranian Rials which in the Black markets fluctuating with 1USD equal to 31000-33000 Iranian rials. Iranian currency in public is called Toman which is same as Rial but 1/10 of nominal value. As an example 1000 rials is called 100 tomans thus all goods and services are calculated based on Tomans.

-In general Iran is a safe country comparing to other parts of the world but be aware of unexpected cars and motorbikes! in the streets and roads. It is a good advice to be aware of some pickpockets at crowded spots or areas like Bazars as well. Iranians are hospitable and affectionate towards Foreigners and Visitors and observe foreigners as their own guests. It is a courtesy to observe the local customs and traditions like any parts of the world. Ladies are required to wear a scarf and loose clothes and men are to avoid panties or shorts.

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