Official Travel Advice for Iran
Summary and Safety and security section - change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise British-Iranian dual nationals against all travel to Iran; all British nationals should consider carefully the risks of travelling to Iran
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 19 May 2019.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise all British nationals against all travel to:
- within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border
- within 10km of the entire Iran/Iraq border
- the province of Sistan-Baluchistan
- the area east of the line running from Bam to Jask, including Bam
Additionally, the FCO advise British-Iranian dual nationals against all travel to Iran.
There is a risk that British nationals, and a higher risk that British/Iranian dual nationals, could be arbitrarily detained in Iran. All British nationals should consider carefully the risks of travelling to Iran. The Iranian authorities don’t recognise dual nationality for Iranian citizens and therefore don’t grant consular access for FCO officials to visit them in detention. If you’re a British-Iranian dual national and are subsequently detained in Iran, the FCO’s ability to provide consular support is extremely limited. See Safety and security
Since the end of March, Iran has been affected by a prolonged period of unusually heavy rainfall. This has led to severe flooding across the country, damaging some infrastructure and roads. Most provinces have been affected, particularly Golestan, Mazandaran, Khuzestan, Ilam, Fars (including Shiraz) and Lorestan. More rainfall is forecast.
There are concerns about the risk of water-borne diseases in affected areas. You should continue to monitor local and international weather updates and follow any advice given by the local authorities. Take care when driving and walking, keep a stock of food and bottled water, and make sure your phone is charged.
On 24 and 25 June 2018, protests about the economic situation in Iran took place inside and around the Grand Bazaar in Tehran. There were also widespread protests across Iran in late December 2017 and early January 2018. The risk that these protests re-occur or new demonstrations begin on other grounds, remains. You should exercise caution and avoid any protests or rallies and follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Official restrictions on bureaux de change have now been lifted. It is possible to exchange GBP in certified exchange bureaux, though you may still experience difficulties in changing money. See Money
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Iran. Attacks could happen anywhere, including in places visited by foreigners. On 22 September 2018 there was an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province. On 7 June 2017, there were 2 attacks in Tehran – one in the Majles (the Iranian parliament) in central Tehran and another at the Imam Khomeini Shrine near Imam Khomeini international airport. See Terrorism
Iran is a Muslim country in which Islamic law is strictly enforced. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend. See Local laws and customs
British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. You should make your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. The Iranian Embassy has told the FCO that to get a visa you must either apply as part of an organised tour, or have a sponsor in Iran. See Entry requirements
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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Visitors/Tourists: 3,354,000 in 2011
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Population: 12,223,598 (in 2012)