Foreign travel advice

Iran

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border

  • within 10km of the entire Iran/Iraq border

  • the province of Sistan-Baluchistan

  • the area east of the line running from Bam to Jask, including Bam

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Iran. Attacks could happen anywhere, including in places visited by foreigners. On 7 June 2017, there were 2 attacks in Tehran – one in the Majles (the Iranian parliament) in central Tehran and another at the Imam Khomeini Shrine near Imam Khomeini international airport.

Iran is a Muslim country in which Islamic law is strictly enforced. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend. See Local laws and customs

British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. You should make your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. The Iranian Embassy has told the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that to get a visa you must either apply as part of an organised tour, or have a sponsor in Iran. See Entry requirements

If you need consular assistance in Iran you should contact the British Embassy on telephone: +98 (0)21 6405 2000 to make an appointment. See Consular assistance services

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Iran. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.