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You have to do your research before you visit a place like Iran. Approximately all you know is that Iran is under severe sanctions and every day you see negative ads in mass media. Iran’s image of being a terrorist driven, American bashing, nuclear weapon holding, and a closed society are something that has been highly driven mainly by western media.
However Iran is proved to be one of the safest countries you will have traveled so far. Do not believe a minute that it would be dangerous. Like always, people minds are manipulated by their daily diet of western media. In general travel to Iran is completely safe while breaking the rules of the Islamic society (including drinking alcohol, taking drugs and engaging in sexual activity with locals and other country laws) can result in deportation, arrest and etc.
Iranians overview about Westerns
 Since the election of recent President, Dr. Hassan Rouhani in August 2013, Iran international relations has become slightly more open. Ignore the media hype, your chances of facing anti-Western sentiment as a traveler are slim. Iranians make a clear distinction between the Western governments they distrust and individual travelers who visit their country. Americans may receive the odd jibe about their government's policies, but nothing more serious than that.
It won’t take long from your entrance Iranians give you a warm welcome, ask where you are from or even invite you to dinner or tea. They are just as keen to show you they are the exact opposite of how they are portrayed, as you should be showing them that the western world doesn’t hate them. However, it is always best to err on the side of caution and avoid politically-oriented conversations, particularly in public places like taxi cabs.
Photography
There are lot of military and other sensitive facilities in Iran. Photography near military and other government installations is strictly prohibited. Any transgression may result in detention and serious criminal charges, including espionage, which can carry the full sentence. Do not photograph any military object, jails, harbors, telecommunication devices, airports or other objects and facilities which you suspect are military in nature or even police stations in the city, security and judiciary offices. Be aware that this rule is taken very seriously in Iran.
Crime
Iran is still a relatively low-crime country, although thefts and muggings have been on the increase in recent years. Keep your wits about you, and take the usual precautions against pickpockets in crowded bazaars and buses.
In particular, the tourist center of Isfahan has had problems with muggings of foreigners in unlicensed taxis, and fake police making random checks of tourists' passports. Only use official taxis, and never allow 'officials' to make impromptu searches of your belongings.
Try not to travel in the southeastern area of Iran, meaning the provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan, and also to some degree Southern Khorasan province. Drug trade is very common with smuggling from Afghanistan and other crimes as robbery, killing and kidnapping. Some cities as Zahedan, Zabol and Mirjaveh are particularly dangerous but that doesn't mean that every place in this area of Iran is dangerous, Chahbahar which is close to the Pakistani border is a very calm and friendly city.
Note:
Try to dress conservatively and try to take clue from the local women. It is always good to know how to avoid advances and nuisances that others might advertently or inadvertently cause. You can thwart such an advances by no eye contact, moving away from the person or place where you feel uncomfortable with. Always trust your instinct and if you felt really uncomfortable with a person or situation go to the nearest hotel or store and ask the manager to help you. In worse situations you can ask for calling police (Ph.no:110) but notice most of police can’t speak English.


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