Iran Travel Alerts and Warnings

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How are coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions affecting travel to Iran? Find out about new entry requirements and strict immigration rules.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Iran – updated 12 October, 2020

Entry is permitted for anyone holding an Iranian passport or a valid visa. Tourist and Pilgrimage visa options have been removed from the e-visa list until further notice.

  • E-visas can be obtained online before departure (apply here), and passengers must have an e-visa confirmation to board their flight
  • Eligible travelers with a valid visa – who are not subject to an entry ban – must have a valid health certificate containing a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 96 hours of entry, and no self-isolation or quarantine is required
  • Non-nationals without a certificate will be denied entry
  • Nationals of Iran will be directed to quarantine locations for 14 days, and will have to cover associated medical and accommodation costs.

Contact your airline to see if they have any extra procedures in place for passengers. Border closures with neighboring countries may be introduced with little notice, and may impact your ability to travel overland.

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Previous travel alerts for Iran

Commercial airlines canceling or diverting flights in Middle East - January 8, 2020

On Jan 7, Iran launched missle attacks on US military bases in Iraq, leading some major airlines to cancel and reroute flights to avoid the airspace above Iraq and Iran. The US Federal Avaiation Agency has restricted commercial US flights "from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman."

This situation may change, as Iran has announced this morning that they will not seek escalation. Travelers should stay in touch with their airline regarding cancelled or rerouted flights, and follow news reports for updates.

Dangers following U.S. airstrike in Baghdad – January 3, 2020

Travelers to Iran, especially US citizens, should exercise extra caution following the US airstrike which killed Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran's most senior miltiary commanders. Large protests and public gatherings have taken place in Tehran denouncing the attack and mourning Soleimani. Avoiding such protests and gatherings is advised.

The US State Deparmtent had already placed Iran under a Do Not Travel warning, which remains in place. 

7.3 magnitude earthquake struck north-western Iran – November 12, 2017

A massive magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck remote rural areas of north-western Iran, close to the border with Iraq on November 12th.

Scores of small towns and villages have been affected with the death toll at 500 and rising. As many as 70,000 people were in need of aid in the days following the quake.

Though the region is not often visited by travelers there are a number of historical sites and museums in the area.

Travelers intending to go to the region should check with authorities before setting off. Anyone in the region is urged to contact their relatives at home, their country’s consular officials and/or the World Nomads emergency assistance number.

The M7.3 quake is the largest for 2017, surpassing the September quake which hit Mexico City.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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