Iran is located in south-west Asia and covers 1.6 million sq. kms. The country is dominated by the arid central plateau bounded by the Elburz Mountains in the north and the Zagros Mountains in the west and south. The comparatively fertile coastal plain fronting the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman forms the lowlands. Marshes abutting the Caspian Sea are well below sea level.

The climate is predominantly desert, but temperate in the north along the Caspian Sea. The summers are very hot and the winters can be bitterly cold. Temperatures in Teheran vary between 2°C in January and 34°C in July.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude illness affects many travellers visiting mountainous regions or undertaking high altitude treks, in some cases with very serious consequences. Medication can be used to facilitate the process of acclimatisation to the rarefied atmosphere at high altitudes. Before your departure, it is important to discuss your specific risk with a doctor that understands the effects of high altitude travel.

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Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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