Dos and Don'ts
•Do obey every law.
•Do dress in a conservative manner, particularly when you are not in a big city, and not in a tour group.
•Do take off your shoes when entering mosques or carpeted areas in private houses.
•Do wear shoes when you are using the toilet.
•In Iran men do not shake hands with women.
•In Persian Taarof, it is customary to repeat everything at least two or three times to persuade the host to accept your “yes” or “no”.
•Don’t discuss politics, family relations, the role of women, and other controversial subjects unless you are in the company of close friends.
•Don’t stretch out your hand to be shaken by a member of the opposite sex, and don’t ever touch any member of the opposite sex apart from close family relatives. Intimate physical contact in public is likely to cause offense. Couples can only hold hands, but must absolutely never kiss or embrace. Women and men usually kiss each other three times at meeting and parting (women kiss women, and men kiss men). Members of the opposite sex can kiss each other only if they are the closest relatives, like parents/children and brothers/sisters.
•Don’t show indignation if you are physically searched by customs officials in the airports.
•Don’t stick out your thumb; it is considered vulgar.
•Don’t take photographs of pilgrims, religious figures, and shrines unless you receive permission first.
•Don’t forget to have the name of your hotel and/or destination written down for you in Persian script (many taxi drivers do not speak or read English).
•Don’t accept alcoholic drinks that may be available through the black market because that these beverages may be a health risk.
Dos and Don
Dos and Don'ts