Iran is generally a very safe place to travel, so much so that many travelers describe it as the ‘safest country I’ve ever been to’, or ‘much safer than travelling in Europe’.
Western embassies advise their nationals to register on arrival, especially if you will be in Iran for 10 or more days, or plan to visit remote places. The following government websites offer travel advisories and information for travelers:
• Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (www.smartraveller.gov.au)
• Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade (www.voyage.gc.ca)
• French Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et Européennes (www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs)
• Italian Ministero degli Affari Esteri (www.viaggiaresicuri.mae.aci.it)
• New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (www.safetravel.govt.nz)
• UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)
• US Department of State (www.travel.state.gov)
For women travelers, like anywhere, it pays to be cautious and avoid situations where you are alone with a man you don’t know.
On roads near borders your transport is likely to be stopped by police searching for drugs and other smuggled goods.
Iranian driving is unpredictable and it’s on the road – or crossing it – that you’re most likely to be in danger. There’s little you can do to control this beyond asking your driver to slow down (‘yavash tar boro!’).