overview

Islamic Republic of Iran

country information

Flag

Iran flag

capital

Tehrān

DRIVING SIDE: Right

INTERNET CODE: .ir

TIME ZONE: UTC +4h30m

COUNTRY CODE: +98

Borders on Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman (2.815km of coastline)

Neighbours

Afghanistan

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Iraq

Pakistan

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Iran map
Population

population

82.1 million 

Religion

religion

Islam 99.5%

Other (incl. Christianity, Bhuddism, Judaism) <7%

President

president & parliament

Supreme Leader of State: Ali Khamenei

Head of State: Pres. Hassan Rouhani

Ruling Party: Moderation & Development Party

Groups

minority & majority groups

Persians (incl. Gilaks & Mazandaranis) (61%); Azerbaijanis (16%); Kurds (10%); Lurs (incl. Bakhtiari people);  Turkmens (and other tribal Turks in Iran) (2%); Arabs (2%);  Baloch (2%) Others 1%

 

Language

 

LANGUAGE

Persian (Farsi)

Other regional languages: Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Lori, Mazandarani, Gilaki, Balochi and Arabic

           Hello: سلام  –  Salam

           Yes: Sim

           No: Não [Now]

          Thank you: مرسي (As the French term Merci) or ممنونمم Mamnūnam

Currency

C U R R E N C Y &
E X C H A N G E  R AT E

Iranian Rial (IRR)

1USD = 42,105.00 IRR

1 ZAR = 2,853.69 IRR

Subject to change

Vaccinations

 

VACCINATIONS

No compulsory vaccinations

Recommended/up-to-date: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot

For more info: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/iran

Electricity

 

ELECTRICITY

Voltage Requirements:    230 V

Standard Frequency:

50 Hz

Power plugs & sockets are of type C & type F

For Iran’s electricity restrictments/ conditions, see: https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/436178/Iran-electricity-issue-should-we-expect-blackouts-again

 

Temperature

 

TEMPERATURE

Winter: min. 2 °C – max. 11 °C

Summer: min. 18 °C – max. 30°C

DIPLOMATIC TIES / AIRPORTS / CARRIERS / NGO’S

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EMBASSY / CONSULAR PRESENCE

South Africa Embassy in Tehran

No 5 Yekta Street

Vali-e-Asr Avenue

Tajrish

P O Box 11365-7476

Tehran

Iran

Head of Mission: Mr W. M. P. Whitehead, Ambassador

Refer to: https://www.gov.za/about-government/contact-directory/representatives-rsa/representatives-rsa/iran-islamic-republic

(+98) 21 2270 2866

[email protected]

[email protected]

MAIN AIRPORT(S)

Mahrabad International Airport

Mashhad International Airport

Imam Khomeini International Airport

Passport

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Valid Passport with min. 60 days remaining until expiry date with sufficient pages (minimum 2 blank pages) for entry and exit stamps

The main reason for Iranian visa refusal is when there is proof you have travelled to Israel and the government’s refusal based on your career (journalists, media workers etc.)

See: https://www.bordersofadventure.com/travel-to-iran-things-to-know/#Proof_of_Travel_to_Israel

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS & CARRIERS

IranAir

IranAir Tour

Taban

Hesa

Zagros

Aseman Mahan

Caspian

Kish Air

Ata

For more information, see: https://www.persiatravelmart.com/en/flights?page=9

NGO

NGO’S OPERATING IN COUNTRY & CONTACT DETAILS

This document is a directory listing NGOs in Iran. Provided by UNODC, it incl. the address, phone no., contact person, areas of activity and other information about individual NGOs: http://www.unic-ir.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40&Itemid=156&lang=en

Pew Research Center. Iran. Available from: http://www.globalreligiousfutures.org/countries/iran#/?affiliations_religion_id=0&affiliations_year=2010&region_name=All%20Countries&restrictions_year=2016

Looklex Encyclopaedia. Iran: Languages. Available from: http://looklex.com/e.o/iran.languages.htm

Electrical Safety First. Iran Travel Adaptors. Available from: https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/advice-for-you/when-travelling/travel-adaptor-for-iran/ 

Trading Economics. (2020). Iran Population. Available from: https://tradingeconomics.com/iran/population

Climates to Travel. Iran. Available from: https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/iran

 

 

 

Last Updated 18 May 2020