Comments on: Traveling to Iran as Americans: All You Need to Know travel wide, live deep Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:52:06 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ashkan Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:52:06 +0000 Hi,
I’m Glad you visited our country and hope you made the best of it, the photos say so I think!
If you need to know more, or revisit iran some day in future, perhaps my blog could help you or others who consider iran as a destination for traveling.
god bless

By: Audrey Scott Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:13:30 +0000 Thanks, Hamad! We appreciate your kind words and welcome.

By: Audrey Scott Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:12:50 +0000 Joe, sorry to hear about your problems with the first tour agency, but glad you had a good experience with ToursbyLocals. Although you weren’t able to stay in Shiraz as much as you had liked, it sounds like you had a good trip. We never visited Qom, but we’d like to when we return to Iran.

Good luck with your next trip to Siberia!

By: Hamed Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:09:46 +0000 Thank you Audrey for your post. All of you Americans are welcome here. I wish best for you.

By: Norma lee Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:57:37 +0000 Audrey is correct.I should add that there is nor problem with ethnicity or religion (don’t belive the media.However , at this time it is not wise to visit family,if any are still there though they can visit you in the hotel. contact me at . Happay to l assist you, whether you go through me or not. Like that your friend wants to see her roots.

By: Joe 高麗川 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:46:20 +0000 Again thanks for the information I received here. I had some mysterious problems with a Shiraz tour agency featured with a prominent web site. I had to change and search through several others before I decided on that experience was great, though as an American national traveling without connections to any relatives in Iran, I was strictly monitored. I traveled with my tour guide at all times. Our itinerary was set to agree with what the Iranian government would accept. The most important factor for me was visiting Shiraz. I didn’t really want to go anywhere else, but to stay there more than 1.5 days could not be justified to the Iranian gov. by my tour agency. I went there in mid-March. the weather was perfect, a little cool. there were several high points (outside of Shiraz). For example I went into the interior of one of the most famous mosques in Qom (the sister to one of the Imams) for dawn prayers. I am not a Muslim, but I have a great respect for Islam. I also bought a prayer rug from a tribal woman in the desert.
My next trip is next March to Siberia. So I am studying Russian now, almost every day.

By: Mohammadali Ebrahimi-Nik Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:31:02 +0000 Dear Jeremy,
From your comments, I can understand that you are eager to visit Iran and I hope you can manage your travel on time.
My name is Mohammad. A 31 years old teacher in Iran (you may google my name). My deep interest to History, ancient palaces and nature made me an expert tourist. So, as the second part time job, I became a private tour guide.

So, it would be my pleasure to help you on your trips in Iran. I am sure you’ll enjoy my accompany!
For any question or more information please do not hesitate to contact me via email:

I may send additional information information if I receive your email,

Best regards

By: Audrey Scott Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:02:28 +0000 Hi Brendan,
Given your nationalities (US & UK), you’ll both need to go through the process of getting a visa through an authorized tour operator (and booking a tour or private guide for your trip). I believe that there are quite a few people of Iranian descent (i.e., their families left a generation or more before) who travel in Iran without problems, but the best thing is to ask the tour operator if he foresees any problem with the visa. As for your treatment while you’re there, I can’t really comment on that with first-hand experience as we didn’t see this situation on our trip. However, one of our Iranian-American friends traveled in Iran several times with her (white) American husband and didn’t have any issues. She was visiting family for much of the time, but they also traveled a bit around the country. Hope this information helps!

By: Brendan Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:14:00 +0000 Audrey, my girlfriend and I are interested in visiting Iran, as her family was originally from there (though they fled the country during the 70′s) and I have always wanted to travel through the Middle East. She is a British citizen and I am an American. I also have a punjabi hindu last name – kapoor – (although I look like I’m from Ireland or Sweden – genetics is odd no?). Anyway, I was wondering if this could have any effect on our ability to get visas to Iran, or our treatment while we are there (UK persian girl with white american might not be looked upon so nicely).


By: Amin Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:41:47 +0000 Hi Drew, I`m so glad to hear you want to make a trip to my country. wishing you have an enjoyable trip and don`t hesitate to let me know anything you need. You can count on my full hospitality.