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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.

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