US Dept of State Advisory on Travel to Iran

1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Iran?

No updates are available with the US Embassy in Iran or the US Department of State regarding the entry or exit regulations for US Citizens.

2. Is travel to Iran restricted?

The US Department of State imposed, on August 06, 2020, Travel Advisory Level 4 (Do Not Travel) on travel to Iran. The advisory says: Do not travel to Iran due to COVID-19, the risk of kidnapping, and the arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Iran due to COVID-19.

3. How safe is Iran to travel for US citizens?

Kidnapping, arrest, or detention of U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Iran on spurious charges is common.

Despite the Travel Advisory, if you are visiting Iran, exercise caution throughout the country. Be extra careful in the southeastern region where Westerners have been victims of criminal gangs often involved in the smuggling of drugs and other contraband.

U.S. citizens should avoid travel to areas within 100 kilometers of the border with Afghanistan, within 10 kilometers of the border with Iraq, and generally anywhere east of the line from Bam and Bandar Abbas toward the Pakistani border.

Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans–including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics–on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security.

Iranian authorities routinely delay consular access to detained U.S. citizens and consistently deny consular access to dual U.S.-Iranian citizens.

The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iran.

Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel


Must have six months validity


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Yes you need one


Over $10,000 must be declared

U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info

Embassy of Switzerland – Foreign Interests Section

Pasdaran, Shahid Mousavi St. (Golestan 5th)

Corner of Paydarfard St., No. 55, Pasdaran Avenue

Tehran, Iran

Telephone: (98) (21) 2254-2178 and (98) (21) 2256-5273

Emegency Telephone: (41) (58) 465-3333

Fax: (98) (21) 2258-0432