1. Iranian Currency
The Iranian rial (Persian: ریال ایران, translate. Riâl-e Irân; sign: ﷼ ; ISO 4217 code: IRR) is the currency of Iran. Although the "toman" (تومان tomân) is no longer an official unit of Iranian currency, Iranians commonly express amounts of money and prices of goods in "tomans". For this purpose, one "toman" equals 10 rials. There are banknotes and coins in the following denominations:
- Coins: 100, 200 and 500 tomans;
- Banknotes: 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 50000 tomans.
Foreign currency can be changed in hotels, banks and authorized exchange dealers located all around the city. If the visitor needs to change money outside the usual banking hours, there are 24 hours exchange counters operating in the Imam Khomeini International Airport (Tehran). Banks open normally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most credit cards are accepted in many hotels, shops and restaurants.
2. Language & Time Zone
The majority of the population speak Persian, which is also the official language of the country. Others include speakers of a number of other Iranian languages within the greater Indo-European family, and languages belonging to some other ethnicities living in Iran.
Iran Standard Time (IRST) or Iran Time (IT) is the time zone used in Iran. Iran uses a UTC offset UTC+03:30. IRST is defined by the 52.5 degrees east meridian, the same meridian which defines the Iranian calendar and is the official meridian of Iran.
3. Climate & Clothing
The average temperature in Teheran in April is very mild at 16.4 °C (61.52 °F). Afternoons can be really warm with average high temperatures reaching 22 °C (71.6 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally quite mild with an average low of 10 °C (50 °F). The range/ variation of daily mean temperatures in April is 12 °C (21.6 °F). The weather in April is somewhat parched with periodic rain. A paltry 27.8mm (1.1in) of water tumbles across on average 6 days.
4. Healthcare & Hospitals
Visitors are not required to produce any health certificates in IRAN. Visitors may visit any hospital in Tehran should they need medical treatment or consultation. You may seek assistance from the following hospitals in Tehran:
- Milad Hospital
- Pars Hospital
5. Plugs, Sockets and Electricity
Current is 220V AC, 50Hz. Wall sockets are mainly the European, two round-pin type. The following plugs are used:
6. Shopping in Iran
Shopping in Iran can be as pleasurable for the process as for what you actually buy – Iran's bazaars are wonderfully atmospheric places to browse. Cheap souvenirs abound – flashing Mecca wall clock anyone? – but Iran's traditional artisans produce items of exceptional quality. Carpets are the most obvious Iranian souvenir, but there is also exquisite jewellery, hand-painted miniatures, gaz (decorative boxes) and copper works on offer.