Muslim Faith

Every country has unique laws and customs, but the laws of Iran are particularly different and strict -- mainly because the religious-oriented government in Iran strictly enforces Islamic law. If you are visiting Iran, it is important to follow the local customs, traditions, religion and laws to avoid getting into trouble.

It is especially important to follow religious law in Iran during Ramadan, the holy month that lasts from June 6 to July 5. During Ramadan, it is forbidden to drink, smoke or eat in public while the sun is up.

Islamic Dress Codes

Under Islamic law, dress codes and behavior codes are strictly enforced. Women are required to keep their heads covered with a headscarf, they have to wear a floor-length skirt or trousers, and they need to don a long-sleeved coat or tunic that covers them down to the knee or mid-thigh region. Meanwhile, men are required to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

If you are entering certain religious places, there are even stricter dress requirements. Women may be required to wear a chador, which covers their entire body aside from the face prior to entering such religious areas.

Iranian Behavioral Rules

As for behavioral rules, Muslim women are banned from dating non-Muslim men. Women in violation of this rule could be punished by a whipping. Due to the strict Islamic law that western travelers are unfamiliar with, female travelers in Iran are advised to be extremely cautious when traveling alone and/or when traveling with male friends. In order to stay safe, foreign female travelers should respect local dress customs and traditions and avoid going into isolated places.

In Iran, unmarried couples and/or opposite sex friends need to be very discrete while in public. In fact, hotel managers may insist on couples presenting a marriage certificate before they are permitted to sleep together in a double hotel room. Travelers should also know that adultery, premarital sex and homosexuality are offenses that can be punished by death in the country.

Clearly, the laws in Iran are extremely strict, but that does not mean travelers should avoid the country. In fact, it can be a beautiful and historical part of the world to visit if your are capable of staying out of trouble by adhering to the country's strict codes of conduct.