You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend, especially during the holy month of Ramazan or if you intend to visit religious areas.
It is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours during the holy month of Ramazan.
Women considering relocating to Iran should be aware that, under Iranian law, women and children residing in Iran as members of an Iranian household (including: adult British women married to Iranian men; adult British women who are the unmarried daughters of Iranian fathers; and British children born to Iranian fathers) require the permission of the Iranian male head of their household to hold a passport or travel document and to leave the country.
Married women require their husband’s permission, while unmarried women and children require the permission of their father or male guardian.
If you are a woman travelling in Iran you should respect local dress codes and customs and avoid isolated areas. Unmarried partners and friends of the opposite sex travelling together should be discreet at all times.
Iranian hotel managers may insist on seeing a marriage certificate before allowing any couple to share a double hotel room.
Homosexual behaviour, adultery and sex outside marriage are illegal under Iranian law and can incur severe punishments, including the death penalty.
Women’s magazines and DVDs or videos depicting sexual relations are forbidden. Satellite dishes and many Western CDs and films remain illegal.
Women may be asked to put on a chador (a garment that covers the whole body except the face) before entering.
Relationships between non-Muslim men and Muslim women are illegal, although in practice few Westerners have been prosecuted.
The import, sale, manufacture and consumption of alcohol in Iran is strictly forbidden under Iranian law. Photography near military and other government installations is strictly prohibited.
Sensitive government buildings and facilities are often difficult to identify.
Some British nationals have experienced considerable difficulties trying to get visas from private online visa agencies.