It is very important for passengers and people who are planning to travel to another country to know about rules and regulations on goods temporarily brought into the country. These rules and restrictions are divided into three categories:
- Customs rules for boarding the plane
- Customs rules for bringing goods into the country of destination
- Customs rules for taking goods out of the country of destination
Being aware of and knowing about these laws is important to ensure you enjoy your visit to Iran.
Customs rules for boarding the plane
Customs rules for boarding the aircraft are different in different airlines and each airline has its limitations, terms and conditions on arrival.
Therefore, you need to be acquainted with the regulations and limitations of the airlines before buying the tickets or before flight and going to the airport.
Customs rules for bringing goods into the country of destination
Like other countries, Iran has its own rules and restrictions on goods carried by travelers. It is essential for you to know these rules and restrictions to prevent any trouble. Below are some of these rules:
- Based on the implementing regulations, in addition to their personal items that can definitely be cleared, passengers in Iran can bring some objects into the country, including personal jewelry, portable objects like cameras with certain quantity of tape or film and their requirements, film projector or slide, binoculars, musical instruments, recording and playing devices with tape and CD, radio receiver, television set, typewriter, calculator, PC, baby stroller, wheelchair, sports equipment and accessories, mobile phone, aid kit, portable passenger’s required medical equipment, and rowboat, following the procedure of temporary entry by providing a guarantee to the customs.
It should be noted that passengers’ personal items that are delivered to the international transportation at the time of the departure, are considered as their personal luggage and can be cleared without customs fee if they are imported to the customs territory of Iran within one month before to one month after travelers’ arrival. In case the baggage arrives in Iran outside the time range mentioned above, having a good excuse that is accepted by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs it would be cleared in the same way.
- In order to be subject to this law, the items carried by passengers must be personal items or gifts and souvenirs.
By personal items, we mean things that are usually used by passengers during the trip for personal use and do not include items used for trading or commercial purposes.
- In addition to their personal items that are free of customs charges, Iranian or non-Iranian passengers from abroad or from the Free Zones can declare goods of no more than 80 dollars once a year without customs duties and commercial benefit, and goods of more than 80 dollars with customs duties and twice more than commercial benefits.
- Non-resident passengers in Iran can use their own private vehicles in this country, according to the relevant regulations, following the procedure of temporary entry into the customs territory of the country. Iranians living abroad can use this article only if they have stayed abroad at least three months before they enter Iran.
- As long as the temporary entry permit is valid, the vehicle can enter and leave the country through permitted roads after the registration and necessary controls.
- If passengers’ personal belongings or personal vehicle with temporary entry permit are generally damaged, their rejection is not necessary on condition of being transferred to customs.
- If passengers have some items with them that are not going to be used during their trip or are among the prohibited goods, they can deliver them to the customs and then take them back when leaving the country. The maximum time of keeping these items is three months that can be extended for 2 more months.
Keep reading to know everything you need in order to have a trip with peace of mind to the country of Iran and travel with ease.
If you plan to travel to Iran and choose an Iran tour, you need to know about the list of goods that are prohibited in the Islamic Republic of Iran brought below:
- Alcoholic drinks
- Gambling Tools
- Weapons of any kind, gunpowder, detonators, cartridges, bullets and other ammunition
- Dynamite and explosives and combustible material
- Drugs and psychotropic substances of all kinds and their precursors
- Publications, images, videos, photos and any items that is incompatible with the national and religious values of the country
- Any kinds of text that is against the official religion, norms, public morals and national order of the country.
- Transmitters of all kinds and different parts of them
- Aerial photography and filming devices, not unless it is approved by the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics
- System for eavesdropping, small transmitters and recorders, including micro-cameras and microphones with spying features and specific high-speed transmitters
- Systems with the ability to control and intercept wired and wireless communications, (monitoring) and encoding systems used for spying, not unless with the approval of the Ministry of Intelligence in any case
- Telecommunications and electronic goods used for business and spying, and also goods and pharmaceuticals, food, minerals, pesticides and organic materials used as dual-purpose goods for bioterrorism, shall be prohibited according to the Ministry of Information.
- Out of law foreign banknotes, banknotes, fake banderol and stamps, and lottery tickets
- Goods with words or symbols against public order, public morals, national dignity or national religion on them or on their packaging or documents related to them
- Goods with a name, sign or other specifications on them or on their packaging in order to deceive the buyer and the consumer about the manufacturer, or the place where it was made, or its original characteristics of the goods.
There are some other goods that are not prohibited to be brought into the country, but their entry would be subject to certain restrictions and limitations. Some of them are as follows. Keep reading in order to have a trip with peace of mind and travel with ease to Iran:
Each passenger can physically bring no more than 10 thousand euros into the country, including currency, bank documents (bank cheques, certified cheques, traveller’s cheques and other transferable financial documents) and bearer securities.
It should be noted that for bringing more than this amount into the country, passengers need to declare it at customs, enter information on the website of Islamic Republic of Iran customs and then follow the regular process.
Gold and Silver
Bringing gold jewelries such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, bangles, watches, etc. into the country for personal use is allowed in a certain amount, up to 150 grams, and bringing more than this amount is subject to the permission of the Central Bank of Islamic Republic of Iran.
Bringing medicine into the country is allowed only in a certain amount for personal use, and bringing more than this amount is subject to permission from the relevant agencies, including the Ministry of Health, and relevant customs duties.
Cigarette and Tobacco
A box of 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars is allowed to be brought into the country by each passenger.
An amount of 250 grams of tobacco is allowed to be brought into the country by each passenger.
Flowers and Plants
Bringing plants, flowers, seedlings and seeds into the country is subject to permission of the Ministry of Agriculture at the airport.
Helicopters and other Rotorcrafts
Bringing helicopters and other rotorcrafts into the country is subject to certain permission.
In this regard, it is recommended that you provide these items in Iran and do not bring them with you into the country.
The only animals allowed to be brought into Iran with passengers are dogs, cats and ornamental birds; the other animals and related supplements, foods, medicines as well as raw products derived from animals are prohibited to be brought into the country.
The maximum number of animals that are allowed to be brought into the country with passengers is 2 dogs and cats of any species (maximum 4) and 2 birds of any species (maximum 10).
Documents required for obtaining permission to bring animals into Iran are:
- International Health Certificate (in original) with the microchip number (a wrist ring for birds) issued by veterinary organization of the country of origin. Date of issue must not be more than seven days.
- The animal’s health identification card (in original and copy duplicates) with explanations about the necessary vaccination of the animal (specially rabies vaccination)
- Original and photocopy of the first page of passport
- Passenger’s name along with the animal’s microchip number (a wrist ring for birds) must have been inserted in the animal’s health certificate and identification card.
- In case the aforementioned documents are complete and accurate, the pets accompanying the passenger can be cleared after sampling and laboratory results.
- According to what mentioned above, you’d better avoid bringing your pets into Iran to have a more comfortable trip.
Bringing live fish is subject to permission of Ministry of Agriculture.
Raw Materials and Technical Parts for Production
Raw materials, machines and technical parts for manufacturing and production units cannot be cleared by the passengers.
Refrigerator, freezer, Television set and Radio Cassette Recorder (excluding portable radio) have been removed from the list of passenger’s duty-free goods. This also holds for any lawful goods that passengers may bring along through authorized borders and free commercial and industrial zones.
Relating to the prohibition of bulky goods, provided that the goods are not used for commercial purposes, they can be cleared without using exemption, paying the customs duty.
The ban on entry of goods mentioned above also includes passengers over borders and those arriving passengers who are not exempted but they buy items from the duty-free shops at the entry points in the country instead.
Being aware and knowing about these laws is important to ensure you enjoy your visit to Iran.
Customs rules for taking items out of the country of destination
On the basis of their limitations, terms and conditions, countries have rules on taking items out of the country, too. Below are some of these rules you need to know before traveling to Iran:
- In addition to personal items and travel essentials, passengers leaving the country, whether Iranian or foreign, can take Iranian goods out of the country not more than the permitted amount for the arriving passengers, provided that neither groups of goods are used for commercial purposes.
- Foreigners, who are in Iran to work or study, can take their items out of the country in an acceptable conventional amount without permission or commercial card, at the end of their work or study.
- Bringing in or taking out the goods and products made manually in Iran is permitted if not for commercial purposes, except for some limited cases as follows:
Taking antiques and manuscripts out of Iran is Generally prohibited.
Taking different kinds of nuts out of the country is permitted to the extent that is not used for commercial purposes. The maximum permissible amount of pistachio to take out of the country is 10 kilograms and that of saffron is 100 grams per passport.
Taking pistachios, nuts and saffron out of the country is prohibited for Iranian passengers going to Iraq, Syria or Saudi Arabia.
These restrictions do not include tourists who have foreign passports.
Carpets and Kilims
Each passenger can take out of the country not more than 24 square meters of hand-woven carpet and 40 square meters of hand-woven kilims and there is no limitation for the number of pieces of carpets and rugs within the amount mentioned.
Taking carpets out of the country is allowed through air borders as well as sea and land border.
Taking abroad high quality carpets with national and historical values that are recognized as cultural heritage is forbidden.
Taking carpets out of the country to countries like Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia is not allowed.
Taking 125g caviar out of the country is permitted.
Currency with the passenger
According to the regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Central Bank, passengers can take abroad foreign currency, bank papers and bearer securities no more than 5,000 euros (or its equivalent in other currencies) through air borders, and no more than 2000 euros (or its equivalent in other currencies) through land, rail and sea borders.
Obviously, taking abroad more than the amount mentioned above is subject to its report on arrival in Iran and receiving a printed receipt.
Gold and Silver
Taking abroad the personal jewelries no more than 150 grams of any kind is allowed.
The precious stone, including diamonds, emeralds and brilliant, used to make jewelry or other adornments should not weigh more than 1 carat.
No more than 3kg of silverware and artifacts can be taken out of the country as a souvenir, provided that they are not considered as cultural and historical values.
Artwork and antiques
Taking abroad antiques, original artwork, manuscripts and lithographs, pieces of calligraphy, miniature paintings, all kinds of precious coins and objects of historical and cultural heritage is prohibited.
Weapons and Ammunition
Taking weapons and military ammunition out of the country is prohibited.
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