Welcome to Iran. One of the oldest civilisations, Iran is a diverse, multicultural country full of rich history and exciting opportunities.
This market has distinct economic and geopolitical significance in the Middle East region. It comprises large state-owned sectors and smaller agricultural and services sectors, and is strongly influenced by oil market developments.
Iran is an emerging and sometimes complex market with opportunities for New Zealand exporters.
If you’d like to find out more about this diverse market, download our Iran market guide on this page.
The MFAT website has more information on doing business in Iran. It includes the latest information about what the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal could mean for New Zealanders doing business in this market.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking1||NZ's 40th largest export market|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||124 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||130 of 180|
Getting to Iran
There are no direct flights from New Zealand to Iran, however Emirates, AirAsia, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways offer non-direct flights. Flights take approximately 19 hours.
When to visit
The Iranian calendar is a solar calendar which varies each year. Given this, it’s a good idea to check when Iran’s national holidays are as some businesses may close over these periods. You can find a list of holidays in our guide on this page.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Iran.
As an Islamic country, Muslims will stop for prayer a number of times each day. And, if you visit during Ramadan, it’s not only polite to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours, it’s illegal.
There are also other important points to note like the significance of strong local relationships, being mindful of conversation topics, and ensuring any business gifts are appropriate.
We recommend making sure you have plenty of prior knowledge before you venture into this market. You can find more cultural details in our guide on this page.
Getting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer/scanner, tea/coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Iran
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Iran, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.