So, you have your usual favourite travel insurance which also covers the middle east. And as far as Google is concerned, Iran is in the middle east. You should be safe then, right? WRONG! You will only be allowed to enter the country if your travel insurance covers Iran specifically. The word Iran (not the middle east, Persia, the Persian Gulf region, etc.) MUST be printed on your insurance certificate. Like it or not, politics has got itself involved in the beautiful tourism industry as well. Most insurance companies have removed Iran from their cover, or at least provide very limited cover for this destination. Unless you have local Iran travel insurance, it is highly recommended to check if your insurance excludes any cities or regions of Iran. Common exclusions are Kurdistan and Sistan va Baluchestan. Insurance is all about peace of mind. So, why all the hassle, when you can easily get local travel insurance which is sure to cover every nook and cranny of the cradle of civilisation; Iran. Also, considering the low costs of local travel insurance(from € 15), the decision becomes a no brainer.