Fly To Tehran, Iran
With a population of 8 million plus, Tehran is the capital and largest city of Iran. Archeological excavations have shown that Tehran was home to civilized settlements as far back as 6000 BC. Despite the occurrence of earthquakes, some buildings from Tehran’s distant past still remain to this day.
Today Tehran is a cosmopolitan city with great museums, art galleries, parks and restaurants, and the local people are very welcoming. The Alborz mountain range in the north of Tehran provides great conditions for ski lovers in winter.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Tehran do require a Visa to enter Iran. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Iran is located in Tehran at No 5 Yekta Street, Vali-e-Asr Avenue, Tajrish, Tehran. Phone: + 98 21 2270 2866.
See and do
Tehran has a wealth of cultural attractions including Golestan Palace – a complex comprising several palaces surrounded by carefully manicured gardens. The Golestan Palace, or Rose Garden Palace, housed the Peacock Throne of the Persian kings or shahs – a famous golden throne originally built for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the early 17th century, and which now sits in the National Jewels Museum. This museum, which is owned by the Central Bank but actually housed underneath the central branch of Bank Melli, is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Tehran; besides the Peacock Throne, visitors can view the incredible jewelry of the Safavid and Qajar monarchs.
The Reza Abbasi Museum displays Iranian art from ancient times and the Safavid-era paintings of Abbasi himself, drinking vessels, jewelry, carvings of bulls and rams, bronzes, ceramics, brassware and fabrics. The museum is organized chronologically and very professionally run.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art features the works of such great artists as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. This collection of works was selected by the former Empress Farah Diba.
Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport – IKA
Mehrabad International Airport was the primary airport of Tehran for both domestic and international flights, but has been replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport for most international flights. However, Mehrabad International Airport (code THR) is still by far the busiest airport in Iran, handling more than 13 million passengers in 2010, mainly because it is much easier to access from Tehran. There are no direct flights from North America or Australia, but there are direct flights from numerous European, African and Asian destinations, as well as cities in the Middle East.
Mehrabad Airport has six terminals, but Terminals 1, 3 and 5 are only used during Haj and Umrah seasons. The head offices of Iran Air, the Iran Civil Aviation Organisation and the Iran Airports Holding Company are located at Mehrabad Airport. There is a booth organizing taxis right outside the arrivals hall and taxis are plentiful.