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Iran is one of the top oil-rich Asian countries. Although Iran’s relations with the West have gone from bad to worse, Canadians still travel to the Asian country.

Trade, business, and tourism are among the top reasons why Canadians travel to Iran. Its wealth and resources attract several Canadian business people.

Although you are advised to exercise a high degree of caution in Iran, it is equally necessary to have the right Iran travel insurance before you leave. You need the right insurance for coverage against medical emergencies, injury, and accidents when you travel.

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Basic Information About Iran

Some important information on Iran Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Iranian rial
Official language Persian
Capital Tehran
Continent Asia
Population Approx. 82 million
Plug type Plug type C and F
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – September to November
  • Winter – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs


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Iran Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Iran is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. But since we care about your safety and security in Iran, we provide you with timely and credible Travel Advice to help you to make a well-informed decision as regards traveling to Iran or any other country abroad.

Risk Level

Iran – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to demonstrations, crime, the regional threat of terrorism and the risk of detention, exercise a high degree of caution.

You are also advised to avoid travel to certain regions such as border with Afghanistan and border with Iraq.

Entry / Exit requirements

Iran, just like any other country, decides who passes through its borders. If you fail to meet the entry or exit requirement, the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf.

The information on this page was obtained from Iranian authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The passport you hold determines the entry rules that apply. Check your transportation company to find out about passport requirements.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You are required to hold a passport valid at least six months beyond the date you intend to leave Iran.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The applicable entry rules may differ when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Find out about applicable entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Iran before you travel.

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Iran Healthcare

Iran has both public and private healthcare services and hospitals. Although healthcare facilities and services in Iran may not be up to Canada’s standard, the cost of medical treatment could be very expensive in Iran especially if you don’t have Iran travel insurance. So, it is important to have enough money and/or the right travel insurance to cover the potential cost in case of hospitalization, injury, accident or illness while in Iran.

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Iran Travel Insurance News

Canadians are advised to be highly cautious when traveling to Iran due to the risk of arbitrary detention, crime, demonstrations and the regional threat of terrorism.

If you are a dual Canadian-Iranian citizen, you are particularly at risk of being arrested, detained and arbitrarily questioned because Iran does not recognize dual nationality. In other words, you should seriously consider traveling to Iran if you are a Canadian-Iranian dual citizen.

No matter your reason for traveling to Iran, you are advised to avoid all travel to certain regions. Canadians are advised to avoid all travel to the province of Sistan-Baluchistan bordering Pakistan due to the risk of terrorist attacks, kidnapping, and ethnic conflicts.

You are also advised to avoid all travel to the area within 10 kilometers of the border with Iraq as a result of the ongoing conflict in Iraq and the cross-border ethnic conflicts.

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Iran Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Iran?

You are required to hold a visa for whatever reason you travel to Iran. If you are traveling for tourism, business, education, pilgrimage, press or transit, you need a visa for the corresponding purposes. You need to leave Iran before or as soon as your visa expires, you will be detained, fined and imprisoned if you overstay your visa. Also, you will remain in Iran until the situation is resolved.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

Canadians can purchase more than one Iran travel insurance policies from different providers if they are not satisfied with the features and benefits offered by a single policy. However, you are not allowed to double dip when purchasing multiple policies.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Your Iran travel insurance policy will cover outpatient services that include doctor visits. This will be relevant to cover you if you visit a doctor when you travel to Iran.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can buy travel insurance policies the day you leave Canada to Iran or even later. This is even made easier with usage-based policies offered by several insurance providers in Canada. This allows you to manage your policy the way you want and even purchase coverage on the go.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

You can make a claim for your Iran travel insurance policy and receive an outcome in 10 to 14 business days if you provide the necessary documents to your insurer. The type of claim you intend to make determines how long it will take.

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