Travel Advice for Iran - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Friday, 25 November 2016, 02:11:33 +1100

2017 Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

While every care has been taken in preparing this travel information for travellers, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees including any member of Australia's consular staff abroad, can accept liability for injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained therein.

Travel Advice Levels

Iran overallHigh degree of caution
Border areas with Afghanistan, Pakistan and IraqDo not travel

This advice has been updated with information on having sufficient cash for your stay (See Money and Valuables). The level of advice has not changed. We advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Iran overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

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Your children go free »
This means your dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21 at the date of policy issue who are travelling with you.


  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Iran. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and keep a low profile in your activities. Monitor the local and international media for information on developments which may affect your security.

  • Acts of political violence targeting foreign interests have occured in Iran in recent years. SeeSafety and Security

  • Political developments in the region may prompt large demonstrations. Avoid demonstrations as they can turn violent.

  • Iran does not recognise dual nationality. It is highly unlikely that the Australian Government will be allowed to provide consular assistance to dual Australian/Iranian nationals.

  • Travellers should ensure they take sufficient cash to convert to local currency (Iranian Rials) to cover all costs for the duration of their stay in Iran. International debit/credit cards are not accepted in Iran and it is not possible to transfer funds into Iran using the commercial banking system of money transfer companies.

  • We strongly advise you not to travel to within 20 kilometres of the Afghanistan and Pakistan borders, to Sistan va Baluchestan province and areas in Kerman province east of the city of Bam due to the dangerous security situation.

  • We strongly advise you not to travel to areas within 10 kilometres of the border with Iraq because of the volatile security situation. Iranian security forces in these areas are vigilant.

  • SeeTravel Smartfor general advice for all travellers.

  • Entry and exit

    Embassy of IranLaws

    Safety and security

    Terrorist Threat Overseas bulletinpassportonlineAustralian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate

    Local travel

    road travelpiracy pagewebsiteAviation Safety Network websiteair travel


    Consular Services CharterDrugsLGBTI travellers pageRamadan travel bulletinDual nationals


    travel insuranceWorld Health Organization (WHO)health

    Where to get help

    Consular Services

    Additional information

  • DFAT country information

  • Smartraveller advice for business travellers