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There are no direct flights from South Africa to the Iran, but there are 1-stop flights to Tehran. To book the cheapest flight to Iran:
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Visa requirements for South African citizens to enter Iran include:
Signed and completed application form
Passport valid for six months after departure date from Iran
Copy of passport (data page with photo only)
Two colour 3 x 4 cm photos
Original Pathologist test / Report for HIV – TB – Hepatitis B Shot- Hepatitis C Tests. Results cannot be more than three months old at time of application.
Itinerary of flight or copy of ticket
Application fee and original proof of payment
Employment letter from applicant’s South African employer
CV of applicant
Applicant must demonstrate their social, economic and/or family ties to South Africa and also their duration and purpose of travel
For the latest up to date requirements, visit the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran or contact them at 012-342-5880/1 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their physical address in South Africa is Block A2, Iparioli Office Park, 1166 Park street, (Cnr of Park and Duncan Street), Hatfield, Pretoria. Note that the embassy is closed on Iranian public holidays.
Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Iran requiring embassy assistance:
Physical address: No 5 Yekta Street, Vali-e-Asr Avenue, Tajrish, Tehran
Email : email@example.com
Phone number : + 98-21-2270-2866
The currency used in Iran is the Iranian rial.
Persian is most commonly spoken however most signage is in English as well. English is commonly spoken by those who work in the tourist industry but not by the general populace.
Places of interest in Iran include:
Persepolis throws into dramatic relief the ancient empire of Achaemenid. The massive staircases and gateways as well as intricate reliefs provide insight into this former grand civilization and its exquisite city. Only part of it remains but it’s still counted as one of the greatest remnants of ancient Near Eastern civilization. Bring water and a hat during summer as the heat can be oppressive.
Kerman is the best launching point to experience the southeastern portion of Iran, including the UNESCO World Heritage site Shazdeh's garden. This desert trading city is a mix of various cultures which makes for a not-to-be-missed bazaar. Other attractions include museums, traditional tea houses, mosques, the National Library, and historic castles.
Esfahan is considered the finest Islamic city and Iran’s crowning jewel. This gorgeous city really does live up to the hype with its blue mosaic tile, energetic bazaars, elegant bridges, lush gardens, and elegant tea houses. Take a walk and soak up the local culture by chatting with locals before heading into one of the remarkable mosques.
Tabriz is surprisingly comfortable given that it’s a huge city. The people are incredibly friendly and you’ll have no trouble finding a very convivial guide. The bazaar provides a great slice of Iranian life. Make sure you head out to Kandovan, a picturesque resort town with its famous troglodyte houses, some of which are over 700 years old.
Weather in Iran varies greatly so you’ll need to know your destination(s) first before plotting out what time of year to go. Spring and autumn generally have the fairest weather however the Persian Gulf coast is best braved in winter when temperatures hover in the 20’s and the humidity is low. Elsewhere, winter is bitter and snowy. Be aware that between May and September temperatures can hit the 40s, especially along the coast.
You may either want to time your visit to Iran to coincide with a public holiday and join in the fun, or avoid the date so as to avoid additional travel costs (and possible crowds):
11 January (Demise of Prophet Mohammad)
12 January (Martyrdom of Imam Reza)
10 February (Victory of Islamic Revolution)
19 March (Nationalisation of Oil Industry Day)
23 May (Imam Ali’s Birthday)
24 June (Imam Mahdi’s Birthday)
29 July (Martyrdom of Imam Ali)
1 September (Martyrdom of Imam Sadegh)
15 October (Feast of Sacrifice)
23 October (Eid al-Ghadeer)
12 November (Tasua)
24 December (Arbaeen)
Floating Public Holidays:
Persian New Year
Eid al-Fitr, End of Ramadan
Islamic New Year
Birth of the Prophet
Written by Bronwyn Kienapple