Driving in Iran
Taking Your Vehicle To Iran
Travelers are increasingly bringing their vehicles with them from Europe through Turkey on overland journeys to Pakistan and on to India.
To bring your own vehicle into Iran travelers must possess a valid international driving licence and be over 18 years of age as well as have third party insurance valid within Iran. You will also need a Carnet de Passage, which is validation for your vehicle to pass through Iran.
Driving in Iran calls for special skills to cope with the different habits of driving in the country. From 2011 police have begun testing for drivers under the influence of alcohol (banned in the country since 1979) and for driving under the influence of drugs.
Gasoline Prices in Iran
Gasoline is, of course, incredibly cheap but driving conditions in the major cities, especially Tehran are hazardous.
The Touring & Automobile Club of Iran (12 Shahid Arabali Street, 15338, Tehran; Tel: 98 21 88 74 04 11, Fax: Tel: 98 21 88 74 04 10) has further details on driving conditions in the country and operates a breakdown service for its members. Its website www.taciran.com is now available in English as well as Farsi.
Road conditions on the major routes are generally good and repair shops in the case of punctures or mechanical trouble are common. It is advisable to park your vehicle in a secure hotel car park and avoid driving off-road near the borders of Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
International Documents & Licenses Department Center