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The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment has not re­laxed its ad­vice on travel to Iran, de­spite Bri­tain do­ing so in the wake of a thaw in Tehran’s re­la­tions with the West.

The Smar­trav­eller site rec­om­mends Aus­tralians should “re­con­sider your need to travel” to Iran gen­er­ally and strongly warns against travel to bor­der ar­eas with Iraq, Afghanistan and Pak­istan.

A spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade said last week: “We do not as­sess there have been any re­cent sig­nif­i­cant changes to the se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment for Aus­tralians on the ground in Iran. How­ever, as with travel ad­vice for all coun­tries, (that) for Iran is kept un­der close and con­stant re­view.”

The Bri­tish gov­ern­ment on July 25 changed its travel ad­vice to Iran, no longer ad­vis­ing against all but es­sen­tial trips, “in part due to de­creas­ing hos­til­ity un­der Pres­i­dent Rouhani’s Gov­ern­ment”.

On July 14, Iran and a group of na­tions in­clud­ing the US reached a plan of ac­tion over Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram, which in­cludes an eas­ing of sanc­tions. The US gov­ern­ment’s ad­vice is still for “US cit­i­zens to care­fully con­sider the risks of travel to Iran”. More: smar­trav­eller.gov.au.

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