If you are planning to visit Iran, one of the first things you need to know is the currency, which is often a source of confusion for tourists.
Rial and Toman
What is the difference?
The official currency in Iran is the Iranian Rial, which you will see on banknotes, coins, documents, official bills or in any official exchange office. It is useful to know that Iranians almost always use the “Toman” in their daily life for everyday payments. Making such a difference can be confusing. It is much easier than you think; one Toman is ten times one Rial; for example, 1000 Tomans is 10,000 Rials. So, if you are asked to pay one thousand Toman, you should add a zero, and pay in paper money of ten thousand Rials.
It is generally seen as inappropriate for men and women to display affection in public (even handshaking).
During Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, it is strongly recommended not to eat, drink, or smoke in public from sunrise to sunset. Hotels cater for travelers who can eat there as normal. Tipping in restaurants is quite customary, normally about 10% of the bill.
Do not leave without paying when you buy something, if the seller offers you, it is just taaroof.
The Islamic dress code requires that ladies wear loose, medium-length coats, and headscarves. Legs must be covered by trousers or tights/stockings. Observing this dress code is necessary at all times in public areas. Men should bear in mind that wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public is unacceptable.
Iran Emergency Numbers
Police Call Center: 110
Fire Dept. Center: 125
Iran Red Crescent: 147
Flight Information: 199
24 Hours Drug Stores Center: 191
International Phone Call: 195
Talking Timer: 119
Phone Directory: 118
Prayer Time: 192
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