Is Iran dangerous for westerners?
Is Iran dangerous for westerners?
I'm new to this forum, but I have been looking at this site for a little while and attempting to gauge my plans to travel to Iran this summer.
First up, a bit about myself, I'm Canadian 21 years old, white (not middle eastern) and a native English speaker without any experience in the Iranian language (though I plan to study a little Farsi before I go).
I'm looking to travel with my friend who is also 21, and pretty much the same as me.
I've been getting mixed results on how practical it is for someone like me to go on vacation in Iran. I've read the Canada travel advisory which places Iran at 'high travel risk', but that seems to be mainly because of the political strife in the surrounding countries, and the isolated high crime rate in the southeastern provinces.
My parents have pretty much told me not to go as its too dangerous, but based on my readings the country seems the contrary. I talked to a native Persian person, whose lived in Iran for many years, that is a friend of the family and asked him about the feasibility of us going. He basically said, while staying in the big cities like Tehran are relatively safe traveling from city to city is extremely dangerous. He also said that most Iranians can't really separate Canadians and Americans from 'westerner' and that there is animosity towards people like us in Iran. We would be subject to persecution, at much higher risk of being kidnapped, robbed etc. Also that store clerks would chop our hands off even at the thought of theft, and accusing us would be nothing since of course they hate westerners. Hearing this from a Persian makes me rethink what I need to do.
I really want to travel to Iran this summer, but two young white guys traveling alone might not be the best of ideas. Does anyone here know anything I can try to do to help, or are these warnings greatly overblown.
Thanks a lot
Iran is not dangerous at all, you can visit lonelyplanet.com to make sure how many tourists are visiting it every year and everyday!!
The only crucial point to know is that lone female visitors must be escorted with an authorized tour guide!
For more information, you can contact us:
No problem for visiting Iran. Many Britons are visiting Iran every year and every day! Once you've got your visa to Iran, no problems will remain!For any help to get your visa, or set your itinerary, contact us:
You can find sex before marriage a lot in Iran, but in a hidden way!!!
I'm not sure how you can do it or ask a girl to be with you, because in the hotels you can not invite a female guest to your room and it is also not safe to rent a house for foreigners unless they hire a lawyer!
The only thing is that she invites you to her own house!!
I am an american in need of a surgery that I cannot get in my country. I am in constant pain. I have been told that I have two torn ligaments in my shoulder and a separated bone. Can anyone put me in contact with a surgeon that can help me in Iran.
Can you tell me why you don't do your surgery in America which has a more improved tech in medicine???
Regarding the comment about being Jewish and visiting Iran. Iran does actually have Jews (and Christians) you know! lol they live alongside other Iranians just fine. Don’t believe Zionist propaganda, Iranians are cultured people! Look just remember if you plan to visit Tehran it’s like other cities around the world it has fashion, culture, music etc - but with Islamic rules. If you have ever met an Iranian they (without sounding racist) are very Jew like lol - in a good way
Be open minded!
about sex my friend helped u.
but about Iranian language i should tell you most of them really cant speak English!!
they just can speak Persian!!!
unfortunately Iranian English is poor.
I'm pleased to inform you that I have a special offer for my newly established hostel (villa) in Caspian Sea which is a 100% free round trip luxury bus ticket fr om Tehran.
If you decided to include Caspian Sea in your itinerary please let me know. You can easily spend a weekend in Caspian Sea and enjoy its lovely nature and of course fresh fish and other local dishes. You’ll get the chance to visit the hidden parts of Mazandaran Province (Caspian Sea) wh ere normally many travelers miss that.
The villa is located in a very peaceful village which is 15km from Mahmud Abad (Less than 4 hours drive from Tehran) ,500 meters from the beach and near 3 national parks.(Noor, Sisangan and Chamestan)
Further details: Rustic design, balcony, barbeque, private garden, wooden fireplace, internet access, easy access to local transport, markets and restaurants.
Rate: USD 40/person/night including breakfast
You can see few of its photos/comments on "trip advisor":
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Available recreational facilities: ATV(not included in the rate) , Bicycle (free)
You can explore the surroundings and go to fishing sites by bicycle.
especially all iranians.
I am fr om chaptacca point, wisconsin in the states, USA. My boyfriend and I have been together for 6 months, and so to celebrate this i want to take him on a holiday, an i thought wh ere better than the middle east. because we are both really fond of cooking and eating delicious foud, and i heard that the food there is great. I thought about doing a trip to iran, so i have a couple of questions.
Someone told me that people ar a bit conservative, and so i want to know, for gay men, how can we display and celebrate our god-given love in public without offending the local crowd. That is the last thing we want to do, because we truly respect everyone out there. For example, here at home when we walk around town i often put my hand on his pert butt, or if we are sitting in a bar he will slide his hand up my shorts and squeeze my 'manhood'. Now i know that this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, so i wasn't planning on doing that. but for example is it ok if i hold his hand, say, in a mosque, or if he nuzzles my neck while we stroll down the high street at sunset? We just want to let eeryone know that we are so in love!
let me know what you think. and greetings from the USA
as i understand, you must be a gay and you want show your love to him in public!
but its not good at all!
being a gay in Iranian history, culture and in rules of Iran is prohibited.
just can say don't do this in public.
i'm an iranian boy living in one of the most ancient cities of iran. i gotta tell that all u hear on TVs and other medias are propaganda around iran because of poitical reasons. i promise that iran is one of the most safest countries in the worlD.
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Ira, is safe country for traveling, ust dont let western Media brainwash you :)
of course it is So safe
i have been in iran its really really nice historic full of culture and kind people, these people here are all like a kid. and its because of anti iranian lies that us mass media tell im sorry for all of them. go and see then you cant forget its beatiful isfahan and shiraz
i also found some pictures about Iran and i loved them
Yes, I'm from the US which has excellent medical facilities. The problems is that those facilities are not available to all Americans. In this country only the wealthy have access to medical care, the poor not only have substandard care (if they're lucky to get that) usually people go without medical care in this country. Many people go without medical care in the US!!!!!
im so glad 2 c so many pple r interested in iran..my dad is iranian and im from london??i just visited iran 2 yrs ago and can not explain how good it was and im going bak 2 tehran again this march for the 4th time in 2yrs if any one is interested i would be happy 2 help them as i know little iranian :p..country its safer for girls than boys i guess i had no prob wat so ever and food was great v organic and pple are extremely friendly...so many places 2 visit u can head 2 the beach and have a lovely tan wid a tem around 30 all year around in south of iran or at the same time u can go skiing just few hours drive in east how cool is dat??
hi every body we are a couple and we want to find couple in iran . if is there any can send mail for me .
I am Garbage. I live and work here in New South Wales. I have business here, I run a consulting firm. Sometimes I get really bored, modern life is very artificial. That's why I am here to find something interesting, it gives me great joy.
I'm Tina and i'm Iranian. I want to tell you that Iran IS NOT the country that most of the people think. I know that most of the people all over the world think that Iran in a dangerous country just because of something that they heard about Iran. Iran's government has some problems with the other governments specially America's government and because of that in most of the news talks very badly about Iran. Iranians are so sad about this because they say that the new government is destroying Iran. You know, Iran is a 2000 years country and it has a strong culture. Don't see the Iranians that immigrate to your country because most of them change when they immigrate, but if you come to Iran you'll see how Iranians are good people. I don't say these just because i'm Iranian, i say these because they're reality. Iran is so beautiful and nice,specially Tehran. Tehran is one of the biggest city all over the world and it has beautiful places. Tehran's nights are famous because it's SO BEAUTIFUL. If you come to Iran i offer to you that visit Milad tower and Bame Tehran. Milade Noor, Tirazhe, and Tandis are good places for shopping. you can also visit the other towns like Shiraz, Isfahan, Gilan and the best island in iran, Kish. this island is very good for foreigner. I love Kish!
I hope that I could help you and if i had problems in my writing please excuse me
Hi I am Amir ,I'm iranian ,Iran is not dangrus country .you can travel all over the Iran safely .I can help you in iran :
Im dutch and live in Iran. At all here is not dangerous.
Every one has been so friendly to me and even so excited to meet with some one from europe.
Hello, I am just getting to visit Iran...I am europian, 25. Just want to make sure about how Teheran would be safe for me and if I should worry about anything (though it probably wouldn´t change anything about my decision to go there). I am sure Iran is safe for Iranians because of quite well functioning establishment (as I see it)...but would it be safe for foreigner? What is a people's oppinion about westerners (generaly I belive it is a problem for iraninan to tell whether I come from US or europe, based just on physical characteristics)? If I were at your place I wouldn´t like foreigners for all that propaganda in western TV's and sanctions applied via OSN.