Iran Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
May 13, 2003
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks
of travel to Iran. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Iran of January
30, 2002, to update information about the security situation in Iran.
Tensions generated by the current situation in Iraq have increased the
potential threat to U.S. citizens and interests abroad posed by those who
oppose U.S.policy. Some elements of the Iranian government and population
remain hostile to the U.S. Some areas of the country, including the
Baluchistan border area near Pakistan and Afghanistan generally, are not
safe for tourism. There were several bombings in January 2003 in the
vicinity of Zahedan, the capital of the Sistan va Baluchistan province. The
Kurdish northwest of the country and areas near the Iraqi border are not
considered safe either.
Large-scale demonstrations have taken place in various regions throughout
Iran over the past several years as a result of a sometimes-volatile
political climate. U.S. citizens who go to Iran should exercise caution.
The U.S. government does not currently have diplomatic or consular relations
with the Islamic Republic of Iran and therefore cannot provide protection or
routine consular services to American citizens in Iran. The Swiss
government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as protecting power
for U.S. interests in Iran. Neither U.S. passports nor visas to the United
States are issued in Tehran. The Iranian Government does not recognize dual
citizenship and generally does not permit the Swiss to provide protective
services for U.S. citizens who are also Iranian nationals. In addition,
U.S. citizens of Iranian origin who are considered by Iran to be Iranian
citizens have been detained and harassed by Iranian authorities. Former
Muslims who have converted to other religions, as well as persons who
encourage Muslims to convert, are subject to arrest and possible execution.
Updated information on travel and security in Iran may be obtained from the
Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and
from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. For further general information about Iran,
please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet
on Iran and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, both of which may be
found on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.