Iran is a large Persian country located next to Iraq with a population of over 80 million people. Officially known as the Republic of Iran, it became an Islamic Republic in 1979 after the Shah was overthrown and then became under the control of Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran is a vibrant country with a rich culture and history. Its people are diverse and country has vast reserves of oil and gas. The nation has had a very turbulent history since 1979 with several wars and conflicts. The recent nuclear agreement between the Western powers and Iran has definitely had a big impact on Iran, but many restrictions still exist. Also, the government of Iran has not provided additional freedom to its populous.
Tourism in Iran
People visiting Iran can engage in a wide range of activities, from skiing, hiking to visiting the many monuments and historical sights around the country. In the past few years, the government in Iran has taken steps to attract more tourists to the country and it has certainly had an impact. While many people visiting Iran are there for religious or business reasons, many more are traveling for pleasure or to reunite with family members. The capital city Tehran probably attracts the most visitors, but holy sites such as Mashhad are also important tourism spots.
Healthcare in Iran
The country of Iran primarily delivers healthcare via the public system, NGOs and the private sector. According to the WHO, the country ranks 58th out of 93 in medical system performance and life expectancy has improved over the past decades. The cost of medical services is generally good and inexpensive. If you are in the rural parts of Iran, you should expect health services will be limited in scope. While there have been improvements in sanitation and water treatment, you should drink bottled water in the country. It is highly recommended that you talk to your doctor about the recommended vaccinations that are required for visiting and living in Iran. For expats and visitors to Iran, it is also highly recommended that you obtain evacuation medical coverage. To know about healthcare system in Iran check out our healthcare region page.
Expat Financial can’t obtain coverage for locals nationals in Iran. However, Expat Financial can now source global medical coverage for expats residing in the Republic of Iran at the present time. We can also source special BUPA travel medical coverage from BUPA for people visiting the country under most circumstances. For expatriates living in Iran, please contact us for a special quote.
Expat Insurance Plans for Iran
Contact Expat Financial/TFG Global if you are sending employees to Iran for short or long term assignments. Note that we must abide by the OFAC sanctions rules and only some expat providers can provide coverage for expatriates and expat employees in Iran. Please contact us if you are traveling there and we can see if and how we can be of service. The plans we offer are not available to local nationals in Iran. Here are a list of the potential plans we may be offer expats in Iran:
- Global Travel Insurance
- Expatriate Health Plans for Individual Expats
- International Group Insurance
- Special Risk Coverage