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Last verified: Sunday, 26. January 2020 at 07:22 AM

Iran Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Iran

Local Situation: 4.0 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Iran. We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.3 / 5

Iran shares a land border with 7 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Iran), the Advisory Index is 3.3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Afghanistan (5), Iraq (4.7), Pakistan (3.7), Turkey (2.8), Turkmenistan (2.3), Azerbaijan with 2.2 and Armenia with 1.5 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Iran

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Iran.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Iran from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 4.0 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/iran

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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Reconsider your need to travel to Iran. The security situation in Iran remains volatile and could deteriorate with little or no warning. On 8 January, Iran fired missiles against two military bases in Iraq. Iranian authorities have also acknowledged responsibility for the shooting down of a Ukrainian International Airlines flight shortly after take-off from ...

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/middle-east/iran

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Avoid non-essential travel elsewhere in Iran due to the potential for violent civil unrest, the threat of terrorism and the volatile security situation in the region.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/iran

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Iran.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel within 100km of the border with Afghanistan, within 10km of the Iraqi border or east of the line running from Bam to Jask close to the Pakistan border due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime. 

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Undvik icke nödvändiga resor - Undvik alla resor till gränsområdena i närheten av Afghanistan, Irak och Pakistan, till sydöstra och nordvästra Iran (provinserna Khuzestan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Sistan-Baluchistan och Västazarbaijan). Iaktta allmän försiktighet. Följ hur den regionala situationen utvecklas i hela Mellanöstern. Följ lokala regler. ...

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/IR

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Iran.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Khūzestān

Info: Undvik alla resor

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping and the arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Country Summary:  U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Iran have been kidnapped, arrested, and detained on spurious charges. Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans--including ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/iran-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Vi fraråder alle rejser til Iran pga. en meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko som følge af den seneste tids hændelser i regionen. Et passagerfly fra Ukrainian International Airlines styrtede ned kort tid efter afgang fra Imam Khomeini International Airport i Teheran den 8. januar 2020. Der er uvished om årsagen til flystyrtet.   Hvis du opholder dig i Iran, bør ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/iran/

Individual rating changes for Iran

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Iran. Most recent events first.

Changes from January 11th 2020

The total rating for Iran changed from 3.9 to 4.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Iran to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from January 9th 2020

The total rating for Iran changed from 3.6 to 3.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government increased their existing warning for Iran to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

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The Finnish government increased their existing warning for Iran to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from January 8th 2020

The total rating for Iran changed from 3.3 to 3.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The New Zealand government increased their existing warning for Iran to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from January 5th 2020

The total rating for Iran changed from 3.1 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Iran to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from January 4th 2020

The total rating for Iran changed from 3.0 to 3.1. Here are the influencing details:

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The Finnish government increased their existing warning for Iran to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 19th 2019

The total rating for Iran changed from 2.9 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Iran to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 3rd 2019

The total rating for Iran changed from 3.0 to 2.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government decreased their existing warning for Iran to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from September 26th 2019

The total rating for Iran changed from 0.0 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Iran with a rating of 3.0.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Iran changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Iran with a rating of 4.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Iran with a rating of 5.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Iran with a rating of 2.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Iran with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Iran with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Iran with a rating of 2.0.

About Iran

Iran with its capital Tehran is a country in Asia (Southern Asia), slightly smaller than Alaska (1,648,000 km²). The country is located Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan. The climate can be described as mostly arid or semiarid, subtropical along Caspian coast. The landscape is rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts. With a population of about 65.88 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Tehran
Population about 65.88 million
Size 1.648.000 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Alaska
Common languages Persian, Kurdish
Currency Rial (short: IRR)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +98
Internet Top Level Domain .ir
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 IR
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 IRN
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 364

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Iran is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution
  • and industrial effluents
  • deforestation
  • desertification
  • especially in urban areas
  • from vehicle emissions
  • inadequate supplies of potable water
  • oil pollution in the Persian Gulf
  • overgrazing
  • refinery operations
  • soil degradation (salination)
  • urbanization
  • water pollution from raw sewage and industrial waste
  • wetland losses from drought

Natural hazzards

  • dust storms, sandstorms
  • earthquakes
  • periodic droughts, floods

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Iran. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. armaments
  2. caustic soda
  3. cement
  4. ferrous
  5. fertilizer
  6. food processing particularly sugar refining
  7. gas
  8. nonferrous metal fabrication
  9. other construction materials
  10. petrochemicals

Agriculture products

  1. caviar
  2. cotton
  3. dairy products
  4. fruits
  5. grains
  6. nuts
  7. rice
  8. sugar beets
  9. sugarcane
  10. wheat

Iranian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Iran.

Export products

  1. carpets
  2. cement
  3. chemical
  4. fruits
  5. nuts
  6. ore
  7. petrochemical products
  8. petroleum

Import products

  1. capital goods
  2. foodstuffs
  3. industrial supplies
  4. other consumer goods
  5. technical services

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Iran?

Iran is currently rated at 4,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 7 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Iran.

Is it safe to travel Iran in 2020?

The score is rather high (4,0) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Iran. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Iran?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 7 individual sources for Iran.

What is the size of Iran?

Iran has a size of 1,648,000 km² or 636,296 mi² which is slightly smaller than Alaska.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.