Iran is Safe ?
Is it safe to travel to Iran?
Iran has always been an important country and has been attracting a rising attention lately. It was due to the escalation of tension between the US and Iran. However, this is not the only factor that makes Iran worth knowing about visiting. The heart of the storied Persian empire of antiquity, Iran has long played an important role in the region as an imperial power and later—because of its strategic position and abundant natural resources, especially petroleum—as a factor in colonial and superpower rivalries. The country’s roots as a distinctive culture and society date to the Achaemenian period, which began in 550 BCE.
From the scenic nature to more than hundreds of cultural sites provide people with enough incentive to want to know more and visit Iran. However, there was recently rising concerns for tourists about planning their trip to Iran. It was quite understandable.
Currently, should you be concerned about your safety in Iran?
The answer is definitely NO! According to the 2020 Travel Risk Map, launched by global risk experts International SOS in collaboration with Control Risks, Iran is listed in the Medium Risk category. This is the same as some popular destinations such as Turkey, Russia, Indonesia, Brazil and etc. If you check the safety map in 2019, Iran was just as safe as Europe, with a Low Risk designation.
According to this website, this report uses a number of factors like political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime to determine the risk of traveling to every country in the world.
Other factors, such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also considered.
Some areas of the country, particularly close to border areas with Afghanistan and Iraq, the Baluchistan province are seen as areas of higher risk by Western government and are generally not recommended as a traveling destination.
Those who travel to Iran tend to report that they feel most unsafe as a pedestrian, as particular norms that are followed in many western countries such as cars stopping automatically at pedestrian crossings are not generally adhered too in Iran.
It is safe to visit Iran for US citizens?
Yes. Us citizens can travel to Iran as a tourist with no problem. US citizens will have to have their itinerary and tour guide approved beforehand. Sticking to the itinerary is part of the conditions of visa approval, so sticking to the itinerary and the instructions of the tour guide will ensure that there are no problems.
The Iranian government is highly sensitive for historical and political reasons of any foreign involvement in the political process, in particular this applies to the United States. Avoiding political demonstrations and making any public political statements is another way to avoid any trouble.
Otherwise, Iranians will be keen to demonstrate their hospitality to US citizens and will offer to host them for lunch or dinner. Hostility towards particular actions of the US government, doesn’t stop the people of Iran having nothing but the warmest feelings for Americans themselves
Is it safe for women to travel to Iran?
All women while in Iran are required to follow the dress codes prescribed form women in Iran. This means wearing a headscarf and not allowing the skins on your arm or legs to be shown while in public.
There is also gender segregation of some public transport. Following these laws will mean women will generally have no issues when it comes to safety.
Iranians are renowned for their hospitality and as a visitor you will be invited to many people’s houses for dinner or lunch. This isn’t as forward as it may seem in other countries and is generally a sign of respect to the guest. There is, however, no obligation to accept such offers.
Start planning your trip Iran now
IRAN with 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites is one of the countries you have to visit. So, if you haven’t traveled to Iran yet or you would like to see some other parts of Iran you didn’t visit before, don’t be doubtful anymore. It is high time you started planning your trip to Iran and see what this ancient country is like by yourself.