Travel guide

Discovering Persian culture

Formerly the Persian Empire, now the Islamic Republic of Iran, it has long been closed to visitors. Land of silk and blue ceramics, Iran boasts a cultural heritage rich in history. From Tehran’s Azadi Tower to the Alborz mountains, the island of Kish, the remains of the ancient city of Persepolis or the shores of the Caspian Sea, Iran offers a diversity of faces that you’ll discover throughout your tour. Landscapes that bear witness both to the dark years of its history and to its elegant culture and gastronomy that will awaken your taste buds.

Time difference



Iranian rial


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Salaam ou Salaam Aleykum (Toute la journée), Sohb bekheyr (matin), Asr Bekheyr (Soir)
  • How are you? = Halé choma chetor ast?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Khoubam, merci, va shoma?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Faransavi/inglisi mishnasin?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Mifahmam / nemifahmam
  • Sorry = bebakhshid
  • Goodbye = Khoda hafez
  • Welcome = Khosh oumadid
  • Thank you (very much) = (kheyli) mamnoun
  • Excuse me/Please = bebakhshid/lotfan
  • I am French = faransavi astam
  • My name is… = esmam … ast
  • No thanks = Na, merci
  • Yes/No = bale/na
  • You’re welcome = Khohesh mikonam
  • How much is it? = In chand ast?
  • I would like to go… = mikâm beram be …
  • Have a nice day! = Rouz bekheyr!

Key figures

Iran is 02h30 ahead of French time:

When it’s 12:00 in Paris, it’s 2:30 in Teheran

When it is 12:00 in Iran, it is 09:30 in France.

Good to know

European sockets – Type C and F


It is recommended to have your vaccinations up to date. As always, it’s important to be protected against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis A and B, measles and, possibly, rabies. No vaccinations required, except for yellow fever for travellers from infected areas.


Passport valid 6 months after date of return for French citizens. Please note: your passport must not bear an Israeli visa. Visa required for French nationals, issued after authorization by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. Dossier: passport; two passport photos; certificate of repatriation insurance valid in the IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran); authorization number issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (requested through us); payment, approx. 50 euros. Lead time: one month.