Iran: restrictions and entry requirements 2023

Iran: country’s borders status

Borders are open with restrictions.

Coronavirus information

Passengers must have:

  • a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in English showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; OR
  • a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.

This rule does not apply to:

  • children under 12.

Arriving people could be subject to COVID-19 test at their own expense.

Requirements for vaccination and recovery certificates

The vaccination certificate considering valid if:

  • it is in English, showing that:
  • passenger was fully vaccinated at least 14 days and at most 9 months before arrival; or
  • fully vaccinated and received a booster dose.
  • Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V.
  • Passengers traveling to Isfahan (IFN) must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code.

National holidays in Iran in 2023

Public holidays and festivals in Iran in 2023. Non-working days:

  • Saturday, 4 February: Birthday of Imam Ali (ولادت امام علی);
  • Saturday, 11 February: Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution (سالگرد انقلاب اسلامی);
  • Saturday, 18 February: Mabaat (مبعث);
  • Wednesday, 8 March: Birthday of Imam Mahdi (ولادت امام مهدی);
  • Sunday, 19 March: Oil Nationalization Day (روز ملی شدن نفت);
  • from March 21 to March 24, from Tuesday to Friday: Novruz holiday (تعطیلات نوروز);
  • Saturday, 1 April: Islamic Republic Day (روز جمهوری اسلامی);
  • Sunday, 2 April: Sizda Bedar (سیزده بیدار);
  • Wednesday, 12 April: Martyrdom of Imam Ali (شهادت امام علی);
  • Saturday, April 22: Eid al-Fitr (عید فطر);
  • Sunday, April 23: Eid al-Adha (تعطیلات عید فطر);
  • Tuesday, 16 May: Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq (شهادت امام صادق);
  • Saturday, 3 June: Death of Imam Khomeini (ارتحال امام خمینی);
  • Monday, 5 June: Khordad National Uprising (1963) (قیام ملی خرداد (۱۳۴۲));
  • Thursday, June 29: Eid al-Fitr (عید قربان);
  • Friday, July 7: Eid al-Fitr (عید غدیر);
  • Thursday, 27 July: Tassua (تاسوعا);
  • Friday, 28 July: Ashura (عاشورا);
  • Wednesday, 6 September: Arbaeen (اربعین);
  • Thursday, 14 September: Death of the Prophet Muhammad (رحلت حضرت محمد);
  • Thursday, 14 September: Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (شهادت امام حسن);
  • Saturday, 16 September: Martyrdom of Imam Reza (شهادت امام رضا);
  • Sunday, September 24: Martyrdom of Imam Hassan Asghari (شهادت امام حسن عسگری);
  • Tuesday, 3 October: Birthday of Imam Sadeq (ولادت امام صادق);
  • Tuesday, 3 October: Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (میلاد حضرت محمد);
  • Sunday, 17 December: Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatima (شهادت حضرت فاطمه).

The official day off is Friday. Most government offices are also closed on Thursday.

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