Iran Travel Alert
Issued by US Department of State
May 29, 2013
The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Iran that Iranian presidential elections are scheduled for June 14, with the possibility of a runoff election on June 21. There likely will be an increased security presence in the weeks preceding and following the election. The last presidential elections in 2009 were followed by months of unrest and included a harsh government crackdown on demonstrators, journalists, and political activists. We expect anti-Western sentiment to be strong, and even potential demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and may escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid areas of potential demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution within the vicinity of any such demonstrations. U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security. This Travel Alert expires on August 30, 2013.
The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and therefore cannot provide protection or routine consular services to U.S. citizens in Iran. The Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as protecting power for U.S. interests in Iran. The range of consular services provided by the U.S. Interests Section at the Swiss Embassy is limited and may require significantly more processing time than at U.S. Embassies or Consulates. The Iranian government does not recognize dual citizenship and will not allow the Swiss to provide protective services for U.S. citizens who are also Iranian nationals.
Our ability to assist U.S. citizens in Iran in the event of an emergency is extremely limited. U.S. citizens in Iran should ensure that they have updated documentation at all times and make their own plans in the event of an emergency. For more information, see "What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis" at the Department's website. U.S. citizens who travel or reside in Iran are strongly encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. U.S. citizens may also enroll in person at the U.S. Interests Section at the Swiss Embassy, located at No. 39, Shahid Mousavi (Golestan 5th), Pasdaran, Tehran. The telephone numbers for the U.S. Interests Section are ( 98)(21)2279-3912, ( 98)(21)2279-3697,( 98)(21) 2254-2178, and ( 98)(21) 2256-5273, fax ( 98)(21) 2258-0432, email: [email protected], website: http://www.eda.admin.ch/tehran.
U.S. citizens should also review the Department of State's Country Specific Information for Iran and stay up to date by bookmarking the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution. You may follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well; however, both Twitter and Facebook are filtered in Iran and will not be accessible without a virtual private network (VPN). If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).