One of the main fears you have when you want to travel to Iran, is the issue of dress. For both men and women, a series of rules of decorum should be kept in mind before we start preparing the suitcase for travel to Iran. As in all countries, we must keep in mind the station and the cities to visit, since the diversity of climates and temperatures are wide. Notably in the north of the country the climate is a bit more noble in summers, and in the mountainous area it is colder.


When we talk about how men should prepare their suitcase to travel to Iran is quite simple. They can wear T-shirts or short-sleeved shirts and long pants. In general, shorts are only allowed on tourist beaches. In the desert where the heat is more oppressive can use open shoes type sandals male. In summary what you should avoid adding to your suitcase are shorts, tank tops and very tight clothes.


For women, in general it is necessary in women the handkerchief covering the head, it is advisable that it be breathable and light. We always find the false myth that says that all women should be very covered and with a black handkerchief that does not let out a single hair, but this is false. Little by little the clothing in Iran advances to modernism, leaving the women to use a handkerchief of any color, shape and size, and partially covering their hair. But what should we keep in mind:

  • Before getting on the plane to Iran, you must make sure you have at least one handkerchief in your carry-on luggage. As soon as the plane lands in Iranian territory, it is mandatory for women to wear the headscarf.
  • Women should keep their hair covered during their stay in Iran when they are in public places.
  • The handkerchief on the head does not have to be adjusted, and it is not bad seen to show the fringe or forehead. If you have very long hair, it is recommended that you do a ponytail or a bun.
  • The Islamic dress code states that women should always dress in the most conservative way possible. This means that it is not possible to wear visible cleavage, shorts or skirts, shirts or tank tops. Long, loose shirts and pants should be worn. Booties and 3/4 sleeves are acceptable in major cities, but are bad seen in more religious cities such as Mashhad or Qom.
  • On footwear, open sandals are allowed, but it is advisable to add a closed footwear for long walks such as Persepolis in our suitcase.
  • In sacred places such as mosques, women are often asked to wear a chador (a large piece of cloth wrapped around the head and upper body), but do not worry, they lend it to you to be able to access the temple, so you should not worry about adding one in the suitcase.
Como vestir en Iran
Como vestir en Iran

We must bear in mind that foreigners have a little more flexibility with regard to the rules but we must also comply with them. You just have to be a little more careful in religious places, where they tend to be more strict with the way you dress. But you do not have to make any drama of this or become too obsessed. For example, if you drop your headscarf, do not worry: put it back and that’s it. You will not get into any mess because of it, just pay attention and try to take it always in its place.

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