This post was written in 2017, based on my and other travelers’ opinions after visiting Iran. Currently, the situation got more complex and unfortunately I would think twice before going for a trip to Iran. It is still a wonderful country with amazing and hospitable people and one of the best monuments you will ever see. But political situation in the region got a bit out of hand.
Each week I get numerous questions from you about Iran. And I really understand that, it’s this kind of destinations that we hear conflicted opinions about and what’s better than asking someone who has really been there. But one issue worries you the most: is Iran safe? With the recent world events this issue concerns you more and more often so I’ve thought I’d share with you my thoughts about Iran safety.
My trip to Iran
I went to Iran in May 2015 when it was still a fairly unknown destination. It was my second attempt to visit Iran – couple of months earlier I was supposed to go with a group of friends but due to the various circumstances I had to cancel the trip. Still, Iran has been on the top of my bucket list and after spending some time in Armenia for the centennial of the genocide I’ve headed to Iran, solo.
To be honest I didn’t worry about safety in Iran at all. Even my stressful visa situation when the consul in Warsaw didn’t want to give it to me (apparently for the safety reasons as he thought a women traveling solo in Iran is just unacceptable) didn’t make me worried. I was more concerned about clothes and language.
I genuinely believe that people are good, regardless of origin, race of religion and I felt there is nothing to worry about when traveling to Iran. In my mind it was (and still is) a normal country just like any other.
Finally planning a trip to Iran is so much easier! I remember how much I’ve struggled not being able to plan anything ahead. Fortunately it has changed!
- Get your insurance for Iran here! (you will need it for the visa anyway)
- Book accommodation in Iran!
- Book domestic flights in Iran here!
- Book your bus connections in Iran here!
- Get help with your visa application and authorisation code here!
Happy Iran travels!
Iran – one of the safest countries I’ve been to
I’ve spent 10 days traveling around Iran and I can say it was one of the safest places I’ve ever been to!
There was only one tiny unpleasant situation when a random guy on the street in Isfahan approached me to ask for sex but a firm no was enough to get rid of him. Besides it was in the middle of the day, on the busy street so what could have really happened? A similar situation might take place literally everywhere and it was actually more annoying than scary.
Other than that there were no suspicious situations at all however I was “bothered” by people constantly. Iranians are some of the most hospitable and welcoming people who want to make your stay at their country as pleasant as possible. They are also very curious of other nations as tourists still don’t visit Iran massively.
I can’t even count how many times I’ve answered the question where I am from and what I think of Iran, if I like it there. I was asked by just about everyone: young and old, men and women and everyone had really good intentions.
I was traveling on my own either between cities, with public transport in Tehran or by cabs in the cities, I was eating or sightseeing on my own, I stayed in the hotels both for Iranians and foreign tourists. I even dared to use CouchSurfing. And everywhere I was more than fine, I felt really taken care of everywhere as everyone was looking after me and helping me however they could. That’s how hospitable Iranians are!
Is Iran safe? Travelers’ opinions
Of course, even if Iran is safe, you need to be careful like in every other place. Use your common sense, follow the rules (and there are pretty many of them in Iran but still nothing too overwhelming), respect local culture and people and you shouldn’t have any problems!
Even if it’s been a while since my trip there I believe it is still as safe as back then. And to prove my words I’ve asked fellow travel bloggers is Iran safe. Below you can see what they think of Iran safety!
As all of my friend told me, that Iran is safe, I didn’t have any objections to go there. We were traveling in a group of three girls and the only thing I can say, is that people were so friendly to us and always ready to help!
Natalia from Zapiski ze świata
I’ll admit I was a bit nervous when I first arrived in Iran – as I am when traveling solo to any new country – but the warmth and hospitality of the locals quickly put me at ease. I especially felt like all the women around me in Iran were looking out for me, as sisters do.
Silvia from Heart My Backpack
I felt perfectly fine in Iran. Even walking through a city like Shiraz or Esfahan in the evenings you don’t feel uncomfortable. You just should remember about Iranian hijab, which means covered head and at least long blouse and pants.
Ewa from Rusz w Podróż
I’ve spent 110 days in Iran in total. Did I feel safe? For 99% of time – absolutely yes. Local people, both in small villages and big towns really took care of a foreign visitor like me. And the remaining 1%? Well, these were meeting with Iranian police and couple of shady guys, in places where a smart tourist would never go to. I trust Iranians as much as I trust my own nation. Sometimes even more.
I find Iran very safe, for sure the safest country of the region. I have traveled to Iran by myself and around the country with a friend of mine, an Iranian woman, and I’ve never had problems, been harassed, nor felt uncomfortable. I haven’t experienced any street crime incidents either. I did follow my friends’ tips when going back to my hotel alone after dinner, but even though the streets were quiet I was never worried.
Also in regards to terrorism threats, Iran is safe as their intelligence does a very good job protecting their borders. We shouldn’t forget that Iran borders with unsafe countries such as Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, so when traveling to provinces such as Khuzestan and Sistan Baluchistan, I strongly recommend a local guide who knows where to take you and what places to avoid.
Angela from Chasing the Unexpected
Before I went to Iran, many people told me that it might be difficult for women to travel there. It turned out it was difficult only when I was in the company of a man – then people wouldn’t talk to me, and they addressed the man only. However, when I was alone or in the company of my fellow female traveler the situation was totally different – both men and women were eager to talk to us and help us any way they could. And that’s why I think of Iran now as a friendly, hospitable and safe country.
Monika from Amused Observer
I travelled around Iran independently with my husband for two weeks, and I can honestly say that the country is one of the safest places we’ve been to in our years of travelling! The only annoyance is Tehran traffic, it’s crazy! And the fact that you can’t possibly accept all the dinner invitations you’ll no doubt receive – Iranians are the most hospitable folks we’ve ever met!
Margherita from The Crowded Planet
I went to the night party at the desert, I climbed the minaret, I drove around with a stranger, I tried hitchhiking and wander around empty bazaars. No matter what I did, for all the time and in ever place I was surrounded by open and helpful people and I felt super safe
Paulina from Mucha w sieci
I felt safe in Iran, not only because I was travelling with 2 male friends, but mainly because of the locals. The smaller a town, the more we would encounter curious locals who were beyond happy just to greet foreigners. They care so deeply about the image Iran has abroad. Each and every local we chatted with (and we chatted with many!) asked us to spread the positive message about Iran.
People are not dangerous in Iran. The people are curious and always interested in foreign travelers. So many are well educated and were easily able to challenge our knowledge. They are open and not shying away from discussing sensitive issues like politics.
Veronika from Travel Geekery
– In our experience, Iran was incredibly safe. At one point, we left a car parked on the side of the road with all the doors open and the keys in the ignition for half an hour… without any problems!
– In many countries, money hanging out of your pocket in a tourist area will be quick to disappear into a pickpocket’s hands. In Iran I had the opposite—men would run up to me to warn me my money was sticking out of my pockets!
Sebastiaan from Lost with Purpose
We loved Iran and felt safer there than in most other countries we’ve travelled to. You very quickly realise almost all Iranians are just genuinely interested in talking to you and don’t have any dodgy ulterior motives. They’re truly a warm and welcoming people.
Mariana from Rucksack Ramblings
It makes me feel so sad when I see unfavorable news about Iran. I might disagree with their politics but once you separate it from the culture, history and most of all people you will have a spectacular and unforgettable destination, the one that can be the highlight of all your travels. Just don’t listen to the news, don’t let the prejudice take over, visit Iran with an open mind and you will be more that fine! Iran is really safe!
If you think of visiting Iran or just want to read more about the country take a look what else I wrote about it:
- Visit Iran – practical information
- Visa to Iran (when you plan to travel solo there)
- Solo female travel in Iran
- Top 5 things to do in Tehran (and my impressions of the city)
- I really don’t know why I’ve decided to visit Shiraz
- Persepolis images – a gallery from the most known ancient city in Iran
- Yazd, Iran – the most beautiful desert town I’ve seen
- Isfahan, Iran – kind of disappointing highlight of Persia
- Fairy-tale-alike Kashan – my last stop in Iran
If you’re looking for articles about any place in particular this map with posts might be useful for you. Or just take a look at the “destinations” page.
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Agness of eTramping15/02/2017 at 07:31
Wow, Iran turned out to be safe! The Iranian places in your photos look beautiful, Kami.
kami21/02/2017 at 22:29
Thank you! And it really is a safe place to visit!
Zahra04/12/2017 at 08:37
Yeah.my country is really safe.trust me.
zahra naderi30/01/2019 at 11:24
Hello. tank you for your post
And your pics are beautiful.
I am an Iranian .
kami01/02/2019 at 11:05
Thank you for your kind comment. All the best!
mohammad18/12/2018 at 20:36
Iran has full security
The reason the media are lying about Iran is that the media have political goals.
To ensure my talk about Iran, you can ask those who have traveled to Iran.
Jay (from Vancouver, Canada)15/02/2017 at 14:51
Great review of Iran Kami and beautiful pictures!
Would love to visit there one day….Thank you for sharing.
kami21/02/2017 at 22:32
Thank you! Fingers crossed you will have a chance to visit Iran soon!
Ali03/03/2018 at 13:54
Did you go to Tabriz??!
kami29/03/2018 at 21:07
Unfortunately not, I didn’t have enough time. But I would really love to!
Bruno Arcos - Circum-Mundum15/02/2017 at 14:51
We’re yet to venture outside of Europe, but got to admit you made Iran feel very appealing : )
kami21/02/2017 at 22:32
That was my plan! Thanks!
Paulina16/02/2017 at 20:57
It is super safe for me. I feel very comfy even with very expensive photo equipment, I feel almost so safe like on the Iceland. Open and friendly people of Iran make this place very special and so great for travelers – even for solo female travelers ;-)
kami21/02/2017 at 22:39
I couldn’t agree more!
stacjabalkany18/02/2017 at 21:33
Mnie nie trzeba przekonywać że Iran jest bezpieczny…opinie podróżników są takie, że Iran to najbardziej przyjazny i najbezpieczniejszy kraj na świecie:)
kami21/02/2017 at 22:47
tak właśnie jest!
Jasilyn28/02/2017 at 09:55
I don’t really have desire to go to Iran, but I’m so glad you wrote this post. I hate when politics get in the way of the country. I feel like that’s my biggest issue in Russia, both from the American side and the Russian side. I feel like both places have assumptions about the people based on their politics and it’s just not true.
kami03/03/2017 at 23:04
I really can imagine it’s the same with these two countries. There are so many places I’ve visited that couldn’t be any more different from the media imagine we see. I think I will write more of such posts to fight with all the misconceptions
Czy w Iranie jest bezpiecznie, czyli nie martw się jadąc do Persów03/04/2017 at 21:51
[…] Zatem jeśli zastanawiacie się, czy w Iranie jest bezpiecznie, odpowiadam: Tak, jest bezpiecznie! Jedźcie i nie bójcie się. A jeśli chcecie przeczytać relacje innych podróżników i potwierdzić moje słowa o bezpieczeństwie w Iranie z innych źródeł, przeczytajcie artykuł na tym blogu. […]
Radim23/05/2017 at 11:32
I must confirm everything written here regarding safety, hospitality, and warmth of Iranian people. I spent 11 days here, and Iran is in Top 3 list of countries I’d like return to sometimes in the future.
kami27/05/2017 at 09:20
Thank you! I’m really glad you enjoyed Iran too! I’d love to return there as well, hopefully one day!
Ali17/05/2018 at 03:04
Thanks for your upinions about my country and my people
Just want to say , you and everyone else anytime
Always welcome to iran
I wish you happy and safe travels
And be happy and healthy in your life
kami23/05/2018 at 15:22
Arshiamr29/07/2018 at 22:31
Yeah its deficult to travel alone or when you are women but iranian people mostly females are angry cuz they have to wear clothes but for aother people nothing going to happen if they wear some clothes for at least 1 month but about irqn being safe place depends where you go tehran and aother citys have some people that kinda sick but hopfuly in iran guns are illigal and even if police arrest criminals that hurt women they gonna do somthing that he wish he never born
kami11/08/2018 at 13:13
it wasn’t that difficult to be honest and I felt really safe for all the time! And I can definitely recommend Iran to other travelers!
Mahdi05/08/2018 at 21:46
Hello dear friends , I’m from Iran , I hope peace for all world and suggest you not to believe what the politicians threat and make fear of our people. We respect our guests and behave warmly and friendly to them. I hope you come to our country and have a relax and scenic travel. Peace upon all nations
kami11/08/2018 at 13:14
I agree, Iran was a really good and safe place to travel!
Viggo'12/11/2018 at 21:53
Iranians have a proverb that says
Guests comfort is more important than ur life
Can u find it in anywhere else?
vahid shokoohi02/12/2018 at 07:11
Hello Kami, thank you for sharing this post. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Iran.
kami06/01/2019 at 09:40
Thank you! I certainly enjoyed it!
mohammad18/12/2018 at 20:31
I am Iranian
Thank you so much for your gratitude to the facts of Iran.
Some media outlets say false news from Iran that is not true
I assure you that Iran has security and I ask you not to believe the media lies because the media have political goals.
kami06/01/2019 at 09:42
Thank you for your comment. I know very well that the country’s politics and people are two different things and that’s the case with Iran too.
Mahdi02/01/2019 at 20:19
Glad to hear that which my Country was Safe place to you :) i Hope you come to my Country again !
with Love From Iran :)
kami06/01/2019 at 09:42
Thank you! I hope to return to Iran one day!
ZOHER DAGINAWALA24/01/2019 at 11:47
I HAD TRAVEL TO MANY COUNTRIES —BUT IRAN IS MY FAVORITE IN ALL MEANS -THE BEST COUNTRY I EVER VISITED -VERY SAFE – AND THE BEST FRIENDLY PEOPLE -I HAVE EVER SEEN
I WAS THER FOR A MONTH -YAZD-ISFAHAN -TABRIZ -WERE THE EXCELLENT PLACE
KAMI I SHARE THE SAME VIEW FOR IRAN AS YOU DO
I TRAVELED IN 2009
kami27/01/2019 at 14:06
I’m glad you enjoyed Iran too! Happy travels!
Zohre09/05/2019 at 06:18
Thanks Kami, you had a great review about Iran. just for mention, It’s better to get a Daric card when you are in iran, or before coming
In my opinion, it’s not safe to transfer cash and also It’s hard to find a valid exchange rate in all places.
kami25/06/2019 at 17:07
When I visited Iran this option was not available yet and the article is based on my experience. But thank you for your input. All the best!
Anna18/12/2019 at 12:59
I have been invited by some friends to go to Iran…. Part of me is terrified and wants to say no but I am reading so many blogs like yours and it seems fine. I will definitely accept the invitation! I hadn’t realised you’d been to Iran Kami, I’m glad that someone I follow on blogs has been and I can trust your judgement! Cheers.
kami13/01/2020 at 12:11
Hi Anna, thank you for your kind words. To be honest, right now with the recent events of UIA flight crash I would wait a bit to see how the situation in Iran develops. But it is a wonderful country with some of the most amazing people ever, definitely worth visiting. Just the political situation might be a bit unstable now.
Anna22/01/2020 at 12:12
I know, I am so bummed with what has happened! I paid a small deposit and then a week later the political crap and then the plane crash happened! Now I think I will give it a miss, it’s just too risky! I think I will go for Uzbekistan instead and leave Iran for another year. Thanks for your reply!
kami11/02/2020 at 16:27
I think that’s a wise decision, to be honest. And when it comes to architecture and vibe Uzbekistan is the closest I’ve seen to Iran so I’m sure you will enjoy it there as well! :)