Time zone

Iran uses UTC/GMT+03:30 Iran Standard Time (IRST) as the time zone. Daylight Saving Time starts on March 21, at 12:00 p.m. (forward 1 hour) and ends in September 22, at 12:00 p.m. (revert back 1 hour).

The currency of Iran is the Iranian Rial. The currency code for Rial is IRR, and the currency symbol is ﷼. There is also another money unit in Iran which is called Toman, and it is equivalent to 10 Rials. Toman is more common in oral communication, while Rial is the official unit and used in formal situations and bank transactions.


Money Exchange:

There are numerous official exchange offices and certain bank branches in Iran where you can easily change major currencies to the Iranian Rial. However, it is recommended to exchange some money at an official organization before leaving for Iran as foreign currencies are not accepted here. Please be aware that, in general, the exchange rate in the Central Bank of Iran is different from the market rate offered in exchange offices.


Bank Account:

International students are allowed to open a bank account in Iran after completing their registration. The relevant bank will issue a debit card which can be used in ATMs around the city. 


Dress Code


Iran is a majority Islamic country, and respecting Islamic clothing regulations including Hijab (veil), is necessary.


For women, hair should be covered with a scarf, the most common covering for ladies’ hair in Iran. Women are also required to cover their bodies and legs. The upper body can be covered with loose clothes like coats and arms should not be bare. Legs should be covered down to ankles. Long skirts, trousers and jeans are suitable for that purpose. In holy places, chador is necessary.


For men, shorts are not acceptable in public places.


Transportation and Driving


Transportation:  Public transport, including buses and taxis, is available almost everywhere in Iran.
Driving: In Iran, you drive your car on the right side of the road. The legal driving age is 18, and you are expected to have your driver’s license with you when driving. For more information regarding an International Driving Permit visit the Touring and Automobile Club of the Islamic Republic of Iran  and International Driving Permit (IDP).
Workdays and Weekends

In Iran, the workweek is from Saturday to Wednesday in almost all public and governmental offices, and the weekend is Thursday and Friday.
Some places are open on weekends. Banks are generally open on Thursday, from 07:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and in larger cities, shopping malls and department stores are open from 09:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
Emergency Numbers

In case of emergency, dial the following numbers to ask for help:
  110: Police
  115: Medical Emergencies and Ambulances
   125: Fire Brigade
Last Update date : Jul 17 2023 22:58