Iran Rules

Advises of the Customs Administration of I.R. of Iran to all the Iranian and foreign passengers, tourists and Iranians residing abroad
A selection of rules and regulations pertaining to the:
Maximum allowed luggage (weight and value)
Carrying foreign exchange into/out of the country
Bringing in and taking out gold and silver by passengers
Regulations of luggage trade with CIS countries
Clearance of home appliances of Iranians residing abroad
Import of vehicles
Temporary entry of vehicles
Import of occupational equipment of Iranians residing abroad
Mailing goods
Mailing commercial samples of goods to abroad
Export of musical and vocal works and musical instruments
And other advises of the Customs Administration of I.R. of Iran
Customs Regulations Concerning Luggage
1st) Outgoing Passengers
All passengers are allowed to take a reasonable amount of their noncommercial personal belongings and luggage out of the country.
Exit of Iranian handicrafts and products (excluding carpets the regulations of which will be mentioned separately herein below) by passengers is allowed and subjected to no value limitation. However, such products should not be taken out of the country for commercial purposes.
Passengers are allowed to take out only 150 dollars worth of the imported products (made in foreign countries).
Dried Nuts and Fruits
A noncommercial volume of dried nuts and fruits are allowed to be taken out of the country by passengers. With each passport, a maximum of 10 kilograms of pistachio and 100 grams of saffron is permitted to exit the country. Companions of the holder of a passport who travel with his/her passport are not allowed to take out any amount of pistachio and saffron, even by the permitted amount mentioned above.
Carpet and Kelim
All passengers traveling by airplane are allowed to take out only one hand-woven carpet measuring maximum 6 square meters with each passport. Therefore, the exit of two carpets even measuring less than 6 square meters is not permitted.
For the exit of carpets, travelers are obliged their passports and tickets.
Companions of a passenger who travel with his/her passport are not entitled to take out any carpet.
Passengers traveling to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Syria are not allowed to take out any carpet.
Exit of carpets by the Pilgrims of holy shrines and sacred places is forbiden. Meanwhile, the exit of pistachios (shelled or unshelled) dried nuts and saffron by travelers is not also permitted.
The highly valuable carpets, antiques and historical objects and articles of cultural heritage are not allowed to be taken out of the country.
Foreign Exchange
The rules of the Central Bank of I.R. of Iran stipulate that every traveler holding a valid passport can take with him/her U.S.$ 1,000
(bank note, travelers’ check) at most. Companions of a passenger traveling with his/her passport are allowed to carry U.S.$ 500 each. Exit of foreign exchange more than the authorized amount requires transfer permit issued by the state banking network or other licenses.
Exit of Iraqi Dinars, Russian Roubles and Afghani of Afghanistan is not allowed either by passengers or merchants.
Every passenger is permitted to take out 500,000 Iranian rials.
Gold and Silver
Every traveler is allowed to take with him/her max. 150 grams and 3 kilograms of, respectively, shaped gold and silver not ornamented with jewels.
Art Works and Antiques
Exit of antiques, genuine art works, manuscripts and ancient books, calligraphy, miniatures, precious coins, objects of historical value and cultural legacy is forbidden.
Weapons and Ammunition
Exit of weapons, ammunition and military equipment is forbidden.
Exit of narcotics and all other goods subjected to the General Prohibition of Import and Export (mentioned herein below) is impermissible.
2nd) Incoming Travelers
Upon arrival, every passenger should declare his/her foreign exchange to the bank stationed in the airport. The amount of foreign exchange allowed to be exited by every traveler will equal his/her previously declared amount. Entry of 160 U.S. dollar worth of goods by every passenger is permitted. Entry of goods by passengers is duty exempted as per follows:
B1) Entry of 80 U.S. dollar worth of goods once a year is free of duty and commercial benefits. Maximum 80 U.S. dollars worth of overweight is authorized through payment of customs duties and double commercial benefits.
B2) A maximum of 80 dollars worth of luggage is authorized in every passenger’s next entries (other than the first one) by payment of customs duties and commercial benefits. An amount of 80 U.S. dollars worth overweight is permitted by payment of customs duties and double commercial benefits.

Goods Authorized to Enter Iran by Passengers.
1. Home appliances, either portable or nonportable, powered by electricity, gas and kerosene. 2. Spare parts and accessories for home appliances mentioned in Article 1. 3. Spare parts and accessories for automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles. 4. Tableware and house-keeping implements and utensils. 5. Personal belongings and their spare parts and accessories. 6. Bags and suitcases. 7. Apparel, handbags and shoes. 8. Textile. 9. Foodstuff, including pastries, chocolate, fruit juice, nonalcoholic beverages. 10. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, eau-de-Cologne, perfumes and so on. 11 .Cosmetics. 12. Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco and so on (authorized once). 13. Laptops and their accessories. 14. Sport equipment and gear. 15. Stationary. 16. Bicycles and tricycles. 17.
Artificial flowers. 18. Airguns. 19. Machine-made carpets. 20. Hand tools (electrical and non-electrical). 21. Newspapers, magazines, calendars, albums and other products pertaining printing industry.
General Prohibition of Import and Export

According to the rules and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran entry of the following items is proscribed.
1. Alcoholic beverages 2. Playing cards and so on used for gambling 3. Weaponry (gun, knife, sword and so on), explosives and ammunition 4. Narcotics 5. Any type of publications, films and pictures as well as all products contradictory to the religious and national ethics of Iran 6. Any type of written material opposing Islam, disturbing social order, corrupting ethics and national dignity 7. All other products, which are banned by law and religion or proscribed by customs, tariff table.
2) Customs Rules Concerning Iranians Residing Abroad
All Iranians who have been living abroad for at least one year and the last six month of their residence has been consecutive are allowed to enter all their home appliances free from custom duties, commercial and other taxes.
Customs Duty Exemptions
All the used home appliances of the Iranians residing abroad may be imported duty-free at the time they return to Iran and no taxes and benefits will be levied on them provided:
The appliances in question arrive at one of the customs offices of Iran, at least one month before the arrival of the owner himself/herself, along with the owner and or nine months after the owner’s arrival. The owner should not have used the same exemption at least in the past five years.
The last 6 months of the owners’ residence in abroad should have been consecutive. The state officials who are assigned to a post abroad for a period of one year or more, in case of a premature return they will be excluded from the mentioned exemption.
The import of automobiles, motorcycles and powerboats is excluded from the mentioned exemption. The occupational tools and instruments of the Iranians residing abroad are duty-free.
3) Import of Automobiles
The import of new or used cars into the country is authorized only through the license of the cabinet members of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Consequently, the Iranians residing abroad are not practically authorized to import automobiles.
Temporary Import of Automobiles
The temporary import of automobiles is permitted on the following conditions:
All foreigners and Iranians residing abroad are permitted to temporarily import automobiles through Trip Take (Carnet de Passage) licenses issued by the organization of the origin country in charge of automobiles traffic.
The authorized period for the automobiles temporarily imported to Iran is 3 months after which the same should be taken out of the country.
The individuals lacking Trip Take License can obtain the permit through payment of a cash deposit or bank guarantee at the entry point. However due to bureaucratic complexities involved, this way is not recommended.
The Iranians residing abroad can temporarily import their cars into the country with Trip Take License only on the condition of residing abroad for a period of at least 6 months before entering.
4) Rules Pertaining to the Travelers of Central Asia (Luggage Trade)
All tourists and nationals of the Common Wealth of Independent States who travel to the Islamic Republic of Iran are permitted to export an mount of authorized goods equaling the foreign exchange they have declared to the banking system of Iran when entering.
Exit of goods worth maximum 1,000 U.S. dollars by the legitimate travelers is permitted needless to foreign exchange declaration document issued by the banking system.
All Iranian passengers traveling to the CIS countries are permitted to take with them amount of the authorized goods worth maximum US $500. Over luggage is authorized through the foreign exchange earned abroad and based on the banking system declaration. The mentioned regulations are effective concerning crossing boarders. The travelers destined to the CIS countries via air can get their cargo transported via land.
5) Rules and Regulations Concerning Mail of Cargo
Mailing goods for noncommercial purposes excluding those banned by law or religion are permitted, regardless their price, needless to possessing Business and Export Licenses provided all other rules and regulations are observed.
Every person is permitted to mail a maximum amount of imported goods (made abroad) worth 80 U.S. dollars.
Mailing hand-woven carpets is forbidden regardless measurement.
Mailing antiques, original art works, manuscripts, coins and precious stone is forbidden.
Mailing basic goods such as foodstuff and medicines is illegal.
Entry of Goods through Post
The clearance of all noncommercial goods, excluding those banned by law or religion, entered through post is permitted duty-free for a maximum of 50,000 Rials worth per individual. To clear such goods payment of commercial benefits, possession of Business and other licenses stipulated in the Export and Import Law are not required.
General Prohibition (Mailing Goods)
Goods banned by law and religion are:
Weaponry and ammunition, objects used for gambling and alcoholic beverages, narcotic drugs, magazines, newspapers, pictures, signs and any type of written material opposing Islam, disturbing social order, corrupting ethics and national dignity.
The clearance of equipment, goods and materials such as radio receivers, telecommunication equipment, books and publications, films and tapes, computer sets and accessories, seeds and shrubs, etc. requires licenses issued by relevant ministries and departments.
6) Mailing Commercial Samples
Mailing all types of goods, made in Iran or abroad, as commercial and testing samples, and those for analyzing and repairing purposes is permitted provided the volume is noncommercial, and the goods are not antiques or banned by law and religion. In such cases Business and Export Licenses are not required.
7) Exit of Vocal Art Works and Musical Instruments
Mailing noncommercial amount of all vocal art works, Iranian and foreign musical instruments made in Iran is exempt from depositing foreign exchange guarantee and may be done with the license of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Mailing abroad any amount of vocal art works (CD or Tape) possessing copy license issued by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is permitted provided all customs rules and regulations are observed.
Mailing tapes which lack copy licenses is approved by the provincial departments general of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The same departments are in charge of issuing the required licenses.
Other Points:
Hiding any types of goods with the intention to conceal them from the customs officers is considered smuggling and will be treated with according to regulations pertaining smuggling of goods.
Disconformity of the contents of a passenger’s luggage with the items mentioned in his/her customs declaration form will be considered violation of customs rules and regulations.
For further information about customs rules and regulation, interested individuals may refer to the web site of the Customs Administration of IR.
All individuals may convey their suggestions and complaints directly to the president of the Customs Administration of I.R. of Iran through phone numbers 880 5394, 880 5395.
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