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 http://travel.state.gov.
This supersedes the Travel Warning for Iran of August 24, 2001, to update
the security situation in Iran.