Tips for a single woman in Iran


Hi. I’m going to Iran with Atlas Obscura in April. Any tips about appropriate clothing for a (not young) woman. And will said woman be able to wander and dine alone?


Hi Ruth! Appropriate clothing would be pants or a skirt that extends to your ankles, and a top that covers your shoulders and arms—plus a scarf to wear loosely around your head in public places. Footwear such as sandals are totally fine. As for wandering and dining alone, technically foreigners are meant to be accompanied by a local guide, and it’s generally best practice not to go out alone as a foreigner, especially at night (and particularly as a woman—unfortunately, similar to many places).