Iran Air states March 10 that it will resume flights to Europe following a two-day suspension.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 10 Mar 2020 22:21 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Date: March 10
  • Impact: Travel restrictions, businesses disruptions

Iran Air (IR) announced March 10 that it would start resuming flights to Europe except Vienna, Austria and Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden. The exact date for resumption of flights remains unclear. Iran Air officials had suspended all flights to and from Europe, March 8, without giving any specific reasons. The resumption in operations come following talks between Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European officials.

Iranian authorities have restricted travel within the country, temporarily released some 70,000 prisoners, and are urging citizens to reduce the use of paper banknotes in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), March 9. The new measures have been put in place as the death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 294. Schools and universities have been shut down until early April, and Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebrations will likely be canceled. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei canceled his Nowruz speech March 9.

Authorities have also suspended large religious gatherings throughout the country. Officials initially reported two confirmed imported cases of COVID-19 in the city of Qom Feb. 19. Several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Iraq, have banned travel to and from Iran. Further travel restrictions are likely as authorities detect additional new cases.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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