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State Department Issues Updated Travel Warning for Iran

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 23, 2016

State Department Issues Updated Travel Warning for Iran

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On Monday, the United States Department of State issued an updated travel warning for any American citizen regarding the possible risks associated with travel to Iran.

According to the State Department’s official website, the latest travel warning comes after the government issued a warning in March highlighting the risk for U.S. citizens of being arrested and detained, especially dual national Iranian-Americans.

The new warning reveals that foreigners have been detained or prevented from leaving Iran, and that those thinking about visiting the country should weigh their options and consider postponing their travel.

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In addition, U.S. citizens residing in Iran should monitor the news and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country. The American government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with Iran, so all U.S. interests are protected by the Swiss government’s embassy in Tehran.

The United State government is also concerned about civil aircraft operating throughout the Iranian region due to the hazards from military activity associated with the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued a warning to civil aviators when flying in or around Iran.

With a limited ability to help U.S. citizens in Iran in the event of an emergency, the American government is encouraging those who still want to travel to the country to have updated documentation at all times and make their exit plans in the event of an emergency.


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