Iran Travel Alerts and Warnings

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'Do not travel' warning for Iran due to the COVID-19 outbreak – March 2020

Coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. On Wednesday 11 March, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

Iran is experiencing widespread community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For the most up-to-date information on the number of cases in Iran, check the WHO's Novel coronavirus situation report.

Multiple government travel advisories have raised their level of advice to 'Do not travel' or 'Reconsider your need to travel'. Check the latest information from your government's travel advisory, and consider their advice before booking or leaving for a trip.

Many flights have been cancelled from Iran. Contact your travel provider to find out if your flights or plans are affected. Or, check the Tehran Airport Arrivals or Departures website for the latest information.

If you are in Iran, follow the advice from the World Health Organization (WHO): wash your hands consistently, maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor).

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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.

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