behind the political and religious tensions that make the news, the fabulous Persia is still there, in Iran. Between the bustling Tehran and the desolate landscapes of Dasht-e Lut, Iran remains above all the country of the marvelous, Shiraz and Isfahan, Persepolis and Yazd. A unique culture in the world.

Since the relations between the Islamic Republic and the Western countries have subsided, tourism in Iran seems to be on the rise. The British daily "Financial Times" put the country at the top of the list of places to visit in 2014, while tour operators note an increase in interest from travelers to this destination.

The Iranian revolution of 1979 brought a stop to tourism in Iran at a time when the country was essentially a hippie destination. But since the mid-2000s, the World Tourism Organization has noted an increase in the number of foreign visitors. And the new Iranian authorities have recently announced that they hope to multiply by five the national revenues of tourism. In particular, the government plans to ease entry regulations on the territory. The list of countries that do not need a visa or can take a visa at the airport should be expanded soon.

Since this is the question that everyone asks, we speak about this topic in this article. In general, Iran is by no means a dangerous country (except crossing a road on foot). Iranians are the most welcoming and adorable people that you have already met. Nothing to do with the image that the media transmit to us from any country. In Iran, you will never felt a sense of insecurity, no matter what places you visit, no matter what time of day or night.

Risk zones
Iraqi border

Following the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, anti-personnel mines are still scattered in nature in the border region with Iraq, but the areas concerned seem closed to tourists.

Pakistan border

The eastern border is very unstable, particularly Baluchistan, although its Iranian side has a reputation on the spot for being less dangerous than the Pakistani, where several people are murdered daily by the Taliban. This region is therefore strongly discouraged. the passage in a vehicle is usually done under military escort.

Criminal risks

Iran's penal code is based on sharia and the death penalty is in force for crimes considered as minor in the West or for non-reprehensible behavior. Iran still applies corporal punishment and public executions.

Drugs and alcohol

Possession - even small amounts - and the use of drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited and punished with heavy prison sentences. Drug trafficking is punishable by death.

Sex life

In Iran, sex outside marriage is prohibited and the penalties depend on the marital status of the lovers. If they are single, they incur prison sentences. If they are married and have extramarital affairs, they incur the death penalty. So we do not go to Iran to flirt ... (unless we want to get married).

Traveling there as tourists and unmarried couple, including accommodation in the same hotel room, is not a problem.