UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office updates advisory Jan. 4 and advises against all but essential travel to most of Iran.

Alert Begins: Jan 4, 2020 1:36 PM UTC
Alert Expires: Jan 6, 2020 11:59 PM UTC

Severity: Informational Alert

Locations Affected by this Alert

  • Iran

Alert Details

  • Incident: UK travel advisory
  • Location: Nationwide (map)
  • Date: Jan. 4

Summary

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its Iran travel advisory Jan. 4. The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Iran. The FCO's existing advisories for British Iranian dual nationals and Iranian border areas remain unchanged. The updated advisory follows the death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Shi'a militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis in a US-led airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 3. The advisory is also in response to the reaction in Iran. The FCO has noted that rallies and marches are scheduled nationwide in early January.

The US Department of State has not adjusted its advisory for Iran. It continues to advise citizens not to travel. The French government has warned travelers to avoid rallies following the killing of Soleimani. Other governments will likely issue similar advice and directives for nationals in the coming days.

Advice

Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Exercise caution and maintain a low public profile in Iran. Avoid all demonstrations. Monitor developments closely with trusted contacts.

Resources

British Embassy in Tehran: www.gov.uk/world/organisations/uk-for-iranians
French Embassy in Iraq: ir.ambafrance.org
US Virtual Embassy Iran: ir.usembassy.gov