Many Canadians manage to visit Theran for personal or professional reasons annually without any concerns whatsoever. You just need to follow the legal requirements and cultural rules, especially since Tehran is one of the most modern and busiest cities in the country. With a melting pot of over 8 million residents, you'll soon discover the delights of the area and realize why Tehran is considered a photographer's dream come true.
Arriving at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
Tehran-IKIA is an enormous, modern single-terminal airport located just 30 km southwest of Tehran. IKIA is one of two commercial airports serving Tehran and the busiest International option to Iran. Since opening in 2004, IKIA has averaged 6.5 million passengers per year exceeding 8 million in 2016. The airport contains a Wi-Fi lounge, three banks and various ATM machines (for local bank customers only), food concessions, shopping vendors, prayer rooms, multiple lounges, and Europcar rentals.
Iranian Rial is the currency used throughout the nation, and CAD is easily exchanged at the airport. IKIA is considered by many to be a "sleeping airport", but extended visitors should definitely arrange hotel accommodations. Transportation to the city is only available via taxi or rental car. Taxi prices are dependent on the car chosen, but they range between 700,000 - 750,000 IRR ($29-$31 CAD). Once inside Tehran, the metro system is a cheaper, safer, and more comfortable transportation alternative.
Things to Do in Tehran
Tehran is a visual wonder. In fact, you'll likely need an extra memory card for all the pictures you'll take if sightseeing is on the schedule. The Golestan Palace and Sa'd Abad Museum Complex offer highlights of true affluence and royal living at its finest. Azadi Tower (Borj-e Azadi) is a Tehran icon that commemorates the 2500th anniversary of the original Persian empire. Treasury of National Jewels and "Jewels Museum" are must-sees for any tourist or visitor. And multiple bazaars (especially the Grand Bazaar), teahouses, restaurants, parks, and shrines keep visitors satiated and satisfied for hours on end.
Tehran Traveling Tips
According to the Government of Canada, there is currently no nationwide travel advisory for Tehran, but caution should always be exercised. Active passport and a proper visa are required for Canadians to enter Iran. Understand and accept all laws and customs. Credit cards and traveler's checks are not accepted in Iran. Cash only is accepted, and the many vendors and businesses prefer crisp USD banknotes for all Canadian expenses. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Tehran to avoid sweltering heat and bitter cold. A little caution and pre-planning go a long way toward ensuring a peaceful and productive visit to Iran.
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