Is Iran Safe for American Tourists?
Possibly the biggest question on the minds of most potential travelers (and the mothers of potential travelers): is Iran safe for American tourists?
The topic of Iran and the USA is a complex and often misunderstood subject.
The western media paints the country of Iran as a pariah state and since the 1979 Iranian revolution diplomatic relations between the USA and Iran have been frosty at the best of times.
Despite the decades-long complications and tensions with western governments, Iran remains one of the most fascinating countries to visit as a tourist.
So here is the big question: can Americans travel to Iran and if so, is it even safe to do so? The short answer is yes!
The main thing when traveling as an American in Iran is to follow the rules and behave yourself. By doing so, you should have no reason to fear for your safety.
For Americans and a few other select nationalities though, there are certain rules one must follow upon arrival in Iran.
Complete independent/solo travel in Iran is not possible for citizens of the USA, UK, and Canada. The rule is that these nationalities must have a government-licensed guide with them when traveling here at all times. Depending on where you are in the country – this rule is either strict or pretty relaxed.