Travel advice for Irish Citizens Travelling to Tehran for the Iran/Ireland Football Match on 15 November
Beyond the normal precautions which travellers should take when visiting any large city, Irish citizens travelling to Tehran need not take any special measures. Visitors can expect a friendly and courteous welcome from Iranians. Crime rates are low and traffic accidents are probably the single greatest risk factor for foreign visitors. Visitors must, however, take account of the particular nature of Iranian society, and especially the laws enforcing Islamic norms of behaviour.
In public places, including hotel lobbies and restaurants, women (visitors as well as residents) must observe the Islamic dress code. A scarf covering the hair and neck must be worn, as well as a loose coat to below the knee, plus full-length trousers or a skirt to the ankles. The dress requirements for men are less specific. Short trousers and sleeveless shirts are not worn.
Behaviour in Public
Both sexes are required to behave modestly in public. In some public places, men and women are accommodated in separate facilities, although this is not always the case. Buses provide separate areas for men and women but taxis, trains and aeroplanes do not. Women are generally not permitted to attend sporting events in which the competitors are male. On occasions, segregated seating has been provided for women at football matches, but this has not yet been confirmed for the Ireland/Iran game on 15 November.
Alcohol is strictly forbidden in Iran and the airport customs inspection on arrival is particularly strict. Travellers carrying alcohol are likely to be arrested. Any person appearing to be under the influence of alcohol in a public place is liable to arrest.
Football attracts a wide and passionate following in Iran. Iranian football supporters can be boisterous and exuberant but the risk of violence between opposing fans is low. However, Irish football supporters should avoid taking part in any street celebrations or demonstrations and should follow the advice and direction of security authorities.
Travellers cheques and credit cards have very limited acceptability in Iran and should not be relied upon. US dollars, in cash, are widely accepted.
Health / Medical Insurance
No vaccinations or other health precautions are required for Tehran, although the high levels of air pollution may cause problems for some. Local standards of medical care are good. Irish citizens travelling to Iran should be covered by adequate private medical insurance.Top