Iran Dress Code and Hijab

Iran Dress Code and Hijab

Islamic republic of Iran, has regulated hijab compulsory for Iranians and all foreigners who enter the country. regardless of their religion, foreigners are expected to have hijab. Maybe one of the main differences to other countries you’d traveled before, is Iranian dress code and hijab, and this is the biggest concern for female travelers to Iran. As an Islamic country, Iran has its own rules for dressing in public. But let’s get one thing straight – you don’t have to wear a burqa or anything that fully covers you, the only times when foreign women must wear a Burqa are when visiting some shrines and some mosques. These can almost always be borrowed onsite. When you arrive you will soon see the reality is far removed from the stereotype.

Scarf: As a woman, you should cover the hair with headscarves, do remember to have a headscarf with yourself as you have to wear it the moment you enter and are officially in Iran. This headscarf accompanies you all time you’re in the country except in hotel’s room. If your headscarf falls (which happens often!) don’t worry and quickly put it back on again. It’s not so serious point, but just pay attention at all times. Iranian women are stylish and proud of their appearance – fashion being a means to stand out and make a statement.


Tip 1: Wearing your hair in a high bun or ponytail helps keep the scarf in place!

Tip 2: Choose the headscarf color freely, not necessarily dark colors. It’s OK!

Tip 3: You can buy very nice headscarves in local shops with very low prices; beautiful colors and patterns, call it a memento of Iran thereafter!

Manto: (body cover) Wear somehow loose-fitting tops and three-quarter length sleeves are acceptable.

Iran Travel wardrobe

Trousers: Trousers, jeans or long skirts depending on the traveling season are all OK.

Tip: It’s better to be more cautious in Mashhad, Qom and Isfahan and respect the values by wearing more fitting clothes.

For Men?

Men in Iran usu­ally wear the same clothes as anyone wear in other coun­tries, there are a small dif­fer­ences in some cases. Shorts are not accept­able but there isn’t a prob­lem with wear­ing shorts on the beach or just in places which tend to have a vaca­tion nature. A lot of male travelers ask me about wear­ing T-shirts and ties when they travel in Iran, yes, is the answer, they are acceptable and there are no problem if you guys wear­ing T-shirts or ties while in Iran.