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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.