As a part of my Silk Road expedition, I'm planning to travel to Iran by train from Turkey (still looking for a tour agency that can accompany me at the border). However, a guide in Iran told me that I can't travel to Iran via train from the border. I must arrive by airplane and arrive in the airport . Any fellow American ever traveled to Iran without flying to Tehran first?
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I would say: double-check that with 2 other agencies. If they also tell you the same, then you can assume it's true. If not, then, the game starts, trying to judge who is right and who is wrong. Been there many times.
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Yes! I did check with 2 other agencies and they both confirmed that Americans can cross overland border!
Right now tourist visas are suspended. IMO 90prc they will resume issuing them prior to Nowruz (thats when most money of tourism is made) as by then vax will be widely avaliable and / or vast majority of citizenry will go through COVID the 'hard way'.
As for Americans, usual rule of "you need a guide" applies. Which, since its IRI, can be BS'ed through by finding agency whose guide will gladly take the money for just staying home and doing nothing.
Not adhering to the rules is an option....until something goes wrong. As anyone who has been there knows the Iranian authorities are EXTREMELY paranoid and can be exceedingly difficult to deal with. Foreigners, especially westerners, are treated with great suspicion by them and you could quickly find yourself in deep shit at one of the many roadblocks should you come up against the wrong guy. Including finding yourself in jail.
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