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Iran - Planning A Short Trip - Anyone Been?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:41 pm

A colleague and I are planning a short trip to Iran to fly on the Saha Air Boeing 707, probably on January 20th. We are both Brits living in the UAE.

Can anyone give us any advise for this trip? What is the attitiude of the Iranian people towards Europeans - are they as friendly and hospitable as most other people in the region?

Any advise would be most appreciated.

Ian.
 
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RE: Iran - Planning A Short Trip - Anyone Been?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:48 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
Can anyone give us any advise for this trip?

It is very hard and time-consuming for Britons and Amercians to acquire Iranian visas - plan WELL AHEAD.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
What is the attitiude of the Iranian people towards Europeans - are they as friendly and hospitable as most other people in the region?

In my experience they certainly are. You shouldn't have no problems.

Are you intending to see things in this extraordinary country or merely going to fly? If you're after advice re. place, I'll happily help - I'm a perpetual backpacker.

If you're going to be flying internally, then book your flights when in Iran: they are cheaper and you can almost always get on the flight you want. Fares in Iran are also stupidly cheap: a one-way ticket from, say, THR to SYZ should cost, in Iran, about £10-12 all-in.
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RE: Iran - Planning A Short Trip - Anyone Been?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:58 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
Can anyone give us any advise for this trip?

Keep away from a certain nuclear plant.
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RE: Iran - Planning A Short Trip - Anyone Been?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:24 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
It is very hard and time-consuming for Britons and Amercians to acquire Iranian visas - plan WELL AHEAD.

I live 2mins drive from the Iranian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, so I can get all the necessary forms and surrender my passport easily enough.

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
If you're going to be flying internally, then book your flights when in Iran: they are cheaper and you can almost always get on the flight you want. Fares in Iran are also stupidly cheap: a one-way ticket from, say, THR to SYZ should cost, in Iran, about £10-12 all-in.

I don't think there's any other way to book with Saha Air.
 
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Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:28 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 3):
I live 2mins drive from the Iranian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, so I can get all the necessary forms and surrender my passport easily enough.

Good luck! As a Briton living in Briton or as an American living in America, it can take a couple + months to get a visa - and they can and do refuse one! As you're a Briton, I don't think it'll be as straight-forward as you think, although it might well help if you have a UAE residency permit or apply in person in your local embassy in Abu Dhabi. Please let me know how you get on; if you're successful quickly, it might be a hassle-free and quick way to get one for those not living in the UAE (if you don't have a residency permit).
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Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:34 pm

Hi! I've been to Iran last year, I found it simply GREAT! People are really friendly and hospitable with everyone, there is no need to worry about anything, it is safe everywhere ( at least this is my personal impression ).


I've been there for 1 week, visiting all Teheran which, in my opinion, is nothing really special, just a couple of museums and mosques are really worth the trip, but make sure you don't miss a visit to Esfahan (one of the best places in the world!) spend your night at the Abbassi Hotel the best of all Iran.

Hope this helps

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RE: Iran - Planning A Short Trip - Anyone Been?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:57 pm

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 2):
Keep away from a certain nuclear plant.

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Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:59 pm

no , but I would love to go , I have always heard about how beautiful it is , how rich the country is culturally and how hospitable the people are ..... would be very interested to hear about your experiences after you come back
 
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Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:14 am

I went there for a week on business once.

Flew into Tehran and then onto Ishfahan.

What a wonderful country and very welcoming people that all seemed to be so happy.

A bit disturbing to see so many people with arms/legs missing as a result of landmine injuries over the years.

Don't do what I did and try and take a bottle of vodka in with you. I almost got in big trouble with the authorities - not on the way in but at domestic security going from Tehran to Ishfahan. Had it not been for my Iranian hosts I think I would have been in deep shit.

Had an interesting landing on a clapped out Fokker at Ishfahan - we were all still drinking our breakfast tea and coffee when we landed - it went all over the place - what a mess!!

When I asked my host he said the airline staff were 'not trained properly'.

Remember - no credit cards work - everything cash take loads of USD. Everything you buy will be twice as expensive as if you were a local.

Nothing to drink for 7 days. Boy did we have a drink when we got to Dubai!!!.

Good luck it's a really interesting place that few westerners have been to.

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Edit: Bought a couple of excellent rugs - but beware! It cost me twice as much to air-freight the rugs back to london and have them delivered to my house as I paid for them!!! (2 rugs = 70GPB : Getting them home = 149GBP : The agro in arrangeing it all = priceless!). All cargo must go via Iran air - Government rules.

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RE: Iran - Planning A Short Trip - Anyone Been?

Mon Jan 09, 2006 4:24 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
Fares in Iran are also stupidly cheap

That is because the government subsidizes them.

You will love Ian. Every one of the few non-Iranian Americans I know who has gone absolutely love it. Tehran is one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world if you look just below the surface.
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