Dress Code

Like all women in Iran aged nine and older female travellers will need to respect the Iranian dress code for women (hijab) while travelling in Iran. Some Iranian women wear long black chador, but it’s not mandatory. Women need to cover their hair, arms and legs.  Female tourists who don’t comply with the dress code may be refused entry into the country. Bring long and loosely cut clothes and if you want to look less like a tourist, shop for a manteau (an overcoat up to your knees) once you arrive. Your scarf or shawl can be colourful. You will see that many women in Iran might prefer to wear black because it is more formal, especially on working days. A special dress code applies in Iran. A light-weight long dress and a head scarf are recommended for women and long trousers for men.

There is no control over dress in remote areas where there are no checks in force. As the most of our tours pass through villages, we respect the locals and will advise to do so in public areas.  Women should wear what they would ordinarily for trekking with the exception of shorts which are prohibited. It is recommended for women to bring buffs which can be worn around the neck and then pulled up over the head to cover the hair should the need arise such as entering a village (see picture).