Forbidden acts in Iran for tourist
during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.
It is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan.
The ‘Morality Police’ you hear of do exist in Iran, but are not spending their time chasing down foreign visitors,
So do not worry too much with that. If anything, you will simply get a polite mention. Visitors have a bit more flexibility when it comes to the rules.
If your headscarf falls, don’t worry – just put it back on again. You won’t be in trouble for this, but just pay attention at all times.
It is said that trousers must be baggy, but many local women wear tight and brightly coloured leggings. However, in the more conservative areas such as Isfahan, Mashad and Qum, respect the values and revert back to looser fitting trousers.
There are additional dress requirements at certain religious sites. Women may be asked to put on a chador (a garment that covers the whole body except the face) before entering the religious sites.
Relationships between non-Muslim men and Muslim women are illegal. If a Muslim woman is found in a relationship with a non-Muslim man, she may be sentenced to be whipped.
If you’re a woman travelling in Iran you should respect local dress codes and customs and avoid isolated areas.
The import, sale, manufacture and consumption of alcohol in Iran is strictly forbidden on religious grounds, with exceptions only for certain recognised Iranian religious minorities. There’s no alcohol here. No bars and no clubs.
It’s better to ask before taking photographs of people.
Importing pork products isn’t allowed.
The Iranian legal system differs in many ways from the UK or US.