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Are unvaccinated Travelers allowed to travel to Iran?

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The answer is definitely NO.
To enter Iran, as specified by current regulations, you do need to have a “negative RT-PCR test’’ …

Vaccination
The answer is definitely NO.
To enter Iran, as specified by current regulations, you do need to have a “negative RT-PCR test’’ taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
In addition, travelers must show proof of Covid vaccination, confirming that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines and doses accepted are: two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca or one dose of Johnson& Johnson.

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Haft Sin

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Haft Sin

As the cold winter goes and the vivifying spring comes to animate nature once more, Iranians also celebrate the coming of New Year.

Haft Sin

As the cold winter goes and the vivifying spring comes to animate nature once more, Iranians also celebrate the coming of New Year. The celebration of the Iranian New Year or Nowruz, like in any other country, includes a set of traditions. On March 20, as we get close to the moment when the year changes, Iranians set a table, called Haft-Sin, and all the members of families gather around it to celebrate the coming of the New Year. The Haft-Sin, which has its roots in the traditions of Persia, literally means “seven Sin.” However, you should know that Sin here doesn’t mean a guilty action. It refers to “س”, the fifteenth letter of the Persian alphabet. Why? Because the main elements which make the Haft-Sin all begin with the letter “س”, pronounced as sin. These elements include: Seeb (apple), Samanu (wheat germ sweet pudding), Senjed (Oleaster), Serkeh (vinegar), Seer (garlic), Somaq (sumac) and Sabzeh (wheat, barley, mung bean, or lentil sprouts grown in a dish). In addition, Sekke (coins), Sonbol (hyacinth) and Sa’at (clock) are often included too.

Other elements which are part of the Haft-Sin but do not begin with the letter “”س are the Holy Quran, the Divan of Hafez (the collected poems of Hafez), a mirror and a tank full of gold fish.

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Iranian Visa Policy

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Passengers arriving from or who have transited through Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.

The Latest Iranian Visa Policy

1. Passengers arriving from or who have transited through Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Iran.
2. Passengers entering or transiting through Iran, must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or approved by an Iranian consulate.
– This does not apply to passengers 12 years and younger.
3. Passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in English, showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Iran;
– passengers 12 years and younger.
4. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival when arriving from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People’s Rep.), Kosovo, Latvia, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldovia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, North Macedonia (Rep.), Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Philippines , Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam or Yemen.
– This does not apply to passengers 12 years and younger.
5. Passengers could be subject to COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine at their own expense.
6. Nationals and residents of Iran arriving from or who have transited through Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days at a hotel in the airport.
7. Passengers must complete a “Self-declaration Form” before arrival at https://tinyurl.com/2amxzs3u
8. E-visas can be obtained before departure at http://e_visa.mfa.ir/en/ . Passengers must have an e-visa confirmation.

Qeysarie Bazaar, also known as the Royal Bazaar or the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan, is located on the northern side of the Naghsh-e Jahan Square.

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Persia and Bitcoin

Persia and Bitcoin

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The famous cryptocurrency is on the rise in Iran.

At a time when the giants of international finance are speaking out to warn of the risks and volatility of cryptocurrencies

Persia and Bitcoin

The famous cryptocurrency is on the rise in Iran. At a time when the giants of international finance are speaking out to warn of the risks and volatility of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin is being validated as collateral in Iranian marriage contracts in place of bullion and cash. This shows how well it is integrated into the country’s financial system.

According to Bitooda, a digital currency research firm, Iran is the third country in the world for Bitcoin mining, after China and America.
Nearly 2 million of this currency, the most famous currency used in the digital currency market, has been mined and deposited in Iranians’ “wallets”, virtual wallets.

Iran, one of the most economically sanctioned countries in the world, has seized the opportunity of cryptocurrencies to circumvent the economic blockade. And Iranian youth, hit hard by unemployment, have found a possible source of income and daily occupation.

Since 2014, Bitcoin has gradually entered unofficial transactions, a choice for thousands of families
Iranian women wanting to send money to their children living abroad, or it is used for some kind of business transaction.

Mining farms have sprung up in the country, illegally imported mining devices are installed in old factories and disused garages. A further consequence of the sanctions crippling the Iranian economy.
Industry, the flagship of the economy for a while, replaced by modern factories fed by the virtual.

It was in these most remote places, in apartment rooms, or under the banisters that the first Bitcoins were generated.
Since 2015 these “farms” have been expanding more and more to barter cheap electricity in exchange for an encrypted code ready to be cashed with a single swipe of a finger.

A whole new market has emerged, from traffickers of “mining devices” to electrical technicians, to cable vendors and appliance repairers. A parallel network, an underground economy, having started autonomously and wildly, escaping government control.

The old dream of the treasure hunter has just come true and the “mining devices” are running at full speed to exploit their devices and decrypt the maximum number of valid blocks and thus pocket the jackpot.

Deep in the Iranian soul lies an intuition for scenting out opportunities and getting rich or fattening one’s heritage. They were able to take advantage of the depths of the oil wells. The Iranian people easily engage in risky businesses, such as tightrope walkers. The Iranian economy suffers from permanent inflation since the revolution, derived from international economic sanctions, and speculation is a second job for almost all Iranians, an example is: the frenzy of pyramid systems of all kinds that have pulverized the savings of many families in the 2010s.

Bitcoin is well established and present in the lives of Iranians at the most contested moment in its history. They ride this wave while waiting to see better days …

Persia and Bitcoin
Arranged marriage in Iran

Arranged marriage in Iran

Posted By : mehdi rafiei/ 2010 0

Arranged marriage is a delicate question, often asked by travelers when visiting Iran, but a very cliché and often irrelevant topic for many Iranians.

Arranged marriages exist but represent only a small percentage of marriages in Iran.

Arranged marriage in Iran

Arranged marriage is a delicate question, often asked by travelers when visiting Iran, but a very cliché and often irrelevant topic for many Iranians.

Arranged marriages exist but represent only a small percentage of marriages in Iran.

 

Marriage is a kind of passage to adulthood and is essential if man want to position ourselves in society.
It is still a real institution.

But a problem arises thus: how do young people meet in Iran?
As co-education is prohibited at school from an early age, boys and girls evolve separately. There is therefore a glaring lack of contact.
The problems generated by this lack of diversity, this lack of knowledge of people of the opposite sex, cause a high number of divorces in Iranian society, one of the main challenges of which is the transition from a traditional society to a society modern.

Currently most marriages are based on personal choice.
Young people have the opportunity to meet and get to know each other in different forms: at the university which is a mixed space, through social networks which are widely used, through friends on the occasion of an outing or a party, in the street during a “dor-dor” where the boys flirt with the girls during a weekend drive.
Girls and boys, each in a different car, try their luck by driving around at night, to find a partner. The more luxurious the car, the higher the chances of success.
This causes heavy traffic at night on the main boulevards of the cities.
This “dor-dor” is one of the main hobbies of young people from the wealthy and middle classes, to get to know each other and start a relationship that could possibly lead to a marriage!
Window down, a phone number exchange at a red light, from the boys ‘car to the girls’ car parked next door, a nice smile from some and a flirtatious attitude from the others and off we go …

..a date at the cafe and an invitation to dinner, if the magic of love operates … if not, we do another round!

Arranged marriage in Iran