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Official Name: Islamic Republic of Iran
Official Languages: Persian
Spoken Languages: Persian, Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Lurish, Semnani, Gilaki, Turkmen, Arabic, Georgian,
Population: 78,192,200 (2013 estimate)
Time Zone: UTC+3.30 (DST UTC+4.30)
Get travel insurance to Iran from Direct Travel Insurance. We offer low cost and high quality travel insurance to Iran and most of the world.
Iran is the second largest country in the Middle East, and is bordered by Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, the Caspian Sea (with Kazakhstan and Russia across the Caspian Sea), the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman. The majority of inhabitants of the capital city, Tehran, are Persian-speaking, and identify themselves as Persians.
The climate of Iran varies from arid to subtropical. Much of the country has a cool semi-arid climate. Tehran is usually dry and hot in the summer, and cold and wet in winter, with a mild spring and autumn. South of the city is of a lower elevation, and therefore warmer, than the hilly northern regions, which reaches up to 6,200 feet above sea level.
Tehran is one of the main tourist locations in Iran, and offers museums, art galleries, royal complexes, as well as beautiful architecture and design.
You should be aware of local laws and customs when travelling to Iran, as Islamic law is strictly enforced. If you intend to travel during Ramadan, or to visit religious sites, you should pay particular attention to local customs and traditions.
Please check for updates to travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office here - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iran - before you book your trip. Direct Travel Insurance are unable to offer cover for travel to any area against FCO advice.
The British Embassy in Tehran reopened in August 2015, but at present are able to offer only a limited consular service. If you need assistance, you are advised to contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, or, in an emergency, the Swedish Embassy in Tehran.
British nationals require a visa to travel to Iran, and applications should be made well in advance of your intended date of travel. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date your visa application is submitted.