Iran now is considered an Islamic country, and people are following the Islamic rules. However these rules in Iran are not as strict as some other Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia. Women in Iran should cover whole their body except hands and face, but wearing Chador (veil) is not a must. here are some tips on how to get along with these sorts of matters.
- women has to cover their hair, but there are a variety of classic and beautiful hand made scarfs which are quite light and fashionable.
- wearing shorts in public places is not allowed so if you are seeking comfortable clothes you should go with light pants.
- Men are allowed to wear short sleeves and T-shirts but women not, however the young generation in Iran are creative in this topic.
- there is no problem with foreigners entering mosques and holy sites, but in some of them you have to wear veil which will be provided at the entrance.
- carrying or consuming alcohol is forbidden in Iran, but you can try fresh fruit juice, don’t forget sweet lemon a Persian unique fruit.
- when greeting with the opposite sex, if you don’t know the other side personally, its better not to offer your hand. it might lead to an awkward moment.
- we recommend you to be careful of your photos you take from female locals, specially in villages.
In general foreigners in Iran are respected and treated very much warmly, so don’t be afraid of these rules, just be Roman while in Rome.