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Iran Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Feb 01, 2002

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran and recommends that Americans who travel there exercise caution. The Kurdish northwest of the country, the area near the Iraqi border, and the Baluchistan border area near Pakistan and Afghanistan is generally not safe for tourism.

Iranian President Khatami has conducted a "Dialogue Among Civilizations" under the sponsorship of the United Nations, and called for an increase in private exchanges between Iranians and Americans - and some limited exchanges have taken place. However, given that some elements of the Iranian government and population remain hostile to the United Sates, that the Iranian political situation remains volatile, and that some areas of the country are unsafe for tourism, Americans should exercise caution in deciding whether to travel to Iran, and where to go within the country.

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. The Iranian government does not recognize dual citizenship and generally does not permit the Swiss to provide protective services for American 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. The Iranian government reportedly has the names of all individuals who filed claims against Iran, and who received awards, at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague pursuant to the 1981 Algerian Accords. There are restrictions on both the import and the export of goods between Iran and the United States. Neither U.S. passports nor visas to the United States are issued in Tehran.

For further general information about Iran, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information on Iran, which may be found on the Internet at

This supersedes the Travel Warning for Iran of August 24, 2001, to update the security situation in Iran.

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