Iran Safety and Security
Are you planning a trip to Iran in 2020, but unsure about the safety situation in the country? And your friends and family have reservations about the travel destination you have picked? Indeed, mainstream media reports about Iran have not been upbeat and encouraging lately. The series of events that have affected Iran since the start of 2020, the political language and the overall situation in the region might all seem to be conspiring against your trip to Iran. But is it all really true? Let’s have a look beyond the headlines.
Politics aside, how many people who have returned from a trip to Iran have actually had reservations about the safety situation in the country? None or close to none. There have been negative reports about foreigners being questioned or even detained, but none of these actually apply to ordinary tourists. In other words, if your objective is to marvel at Persepolis, UNESCO-listed city of Yazd, spectacular mosques of Esfahan or gardens of Shiraz, then Iran is safe to visit. It has actually always been, but it only becomes obvious once you are actually here.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office might disagree, but you have to bear in mind that any official government advice is often excessive as a precautionary measure, and does not reflect the actual situation in the country; Iran in our case. Travel advice also varies from country to country. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also discouraging its citizens from visiting Iran, while the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs simply limits their travel advice to the general information about some risks of travelling in Iran, but does not advise against travel to Iran per se. In short, the choice is yours and we are here, in Iran, to help you plan a smooth and safe trip and answer any questions along the way.
Compared to its neighbouring countries, Iran has overall enjoyed a certain level of stability and safety and this is something that Iranians take very seriously. Violent crime statistics, even in comparison to some Western countries, are low and have historically in spite of the complex economic situation, which often exacerbates tensions within a society, remained low. From this perspective, it is thus fair to say that Iran is a safe country to travel to.
The same applies to female travellers. The number of women travelling alone or as part of a ladies-only group in Iran has been steadily on the increase and numerous female bloggers writing about their experience testify to that. There are also many more who simply travel in Iran, enjoy the scenery, the sea, the mountains and the deserts and do not have time to post about their journey. Iran is safe and we hope you will come and experience it first hand.