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Old 06-23-2014, 01:10 PM   #1
ulaanbaatarrider OP
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IRAN tips

Hi there! For the next year we are planning a trip to Iran. We are 2 (father and son) on big GS (R1100GS, R1150GSA) planning to do more than 12 000km - from the Czech Republic through Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey to Iran.

Has anybody been to Iran by motorcycle recently?

I would like to know some information about carnet de passage and if it is necessary to have a guide (a man who travels with you by bike or by its car - costs are paid by myself). I wrote an email to some travel agency in Iran and they say that is necessary but who knows - someone says yes and some no.

I would be very grateful for any tips for a trip!

Milan
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:20 AM   #2
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Itinerary?

Hi Milan,
What areas do you intend to visit in Iran? When you apply for a visa you will be required to submit an itinerary. When I crossed Iran in 2010 I was forced to have an escort from the Pakistan border to Bam. I cannot verify what the latest requirements are now, but I expect if you avoid the eastern regions you may be free of an escort. Cities like Isfahan and Shiraz, what a treat to visit, and what a friendly and welcoming people the Iranians are.
Cheers,
Mark

PS. Yes, a carnet is necessary, unfortunately.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:54 AM   #3
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When I crossed Iran in 2010 I was forced to have an escort from the Pakistan border to Bam. I cannot verify what the latest requirements are now, but I expect if you avoid the eastern regions you may be free of an escort.
You probably refer to a police escort. And needing or not needing to have a guide is probably a bit different. I went from Iran to Pakistan at the end of 2007, and also had a mandatory police escort from Bam to the Pakistani border.

I΄m guessing a bit here, but I think the travel agencies don΄t mind charging tourists extra for a guide, and some might go as far as claiming it is mandatory...
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