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Iran travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

Published on 21.08.2020
Iran Air plans Madrid service resumption from Sep 2020

Published on 16.08.2020
Iran Air will resume flights between Tehran, Vienna

Published on 11.08.2020
Tehran-Madrid flights to resume in September

Published on 05.08.2020
Taban Air increases Oman flights from August 2020

Published on 13.07.2020
IranAir to Resume Flights to Istanbul Today

Published on 01.07.2020
Iran Air resumes Karachi service from July 2020

Published on 22.06.2020
Iran Air adds Manchester service from July 2020

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Iran
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Iran if they have not completed a “Covid-19 Self-Declaration Form” prior to travel.
  • Passengers who are not nationals of Iran will be refused entry if not holding a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate approved by their departure country’s Health Ministry issued within 96 hours prior to arrival in Iran.
  • Passengers may be subject to further testing on arrival, and must remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result. Passengers who test positive must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Diplomats, political delegations, government officials and staff of international agencies, subject to reciprocity, will not be required to obtain a negative PCR test prior to arrival, but will be subject to testing on arrival and quarantine requirements.
  • Nationals of Iran, who have been outside Iran for more than two weeks, are advised to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate in English issued within 96 hours prior to arrival in Iran.
  • Passengers who are unable to obtain this certificate will be tested on arrival, and must remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result. Passengers who test positive must quarantine for 14 days.
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Flight Restrictions

published 14.07.2020
1. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities for passengers traveling as tourists.
2. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
3. A completed self-declaration form concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) must be presented upon arrival.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

On arrival, passengers with a valid health certificate will not be required to self-isolate or quarantine. Iranian nationals without such a certificate will be directed to quarantine locations for 14 days and will incur associated medical and accommodation costs.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All international arriving passengers are required to present a health certificate together with a negative Molecular (RTPCR) COVID-19 test result issued in English or certified by Iranian consulate. Necessary arrangements must be made with the airline operators to avoid boarding passengers without the above certificates and should the health certificate not be presented on arrival, the passenger to be returned to the boarding country. In addition, it is necessary to carefully check that the health certificate or molecular test result has been issued not later than 96 hours before departure.
Those returning Iranians who at the time of arrival, have been out of the country for more than two weeks, are also required to present health certificate in English or validated by the Iranian consulate and stamped for Covid-19 molecular test. In case, due to valid reasons confirmed by Iranian consulate in the departure countries, it had not been possible to obtain health certificate or the molecular test, the airlines may conditionally board these passengers; however, passengers will be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival regardless of their clinical symptoms. These passengers must submit Passenger Commitment Letter and self-isolate until receiving the test result. In case of positive test result or showing symptoms, the quarantine period would extend to 14 days. Passenger shall incur costs for the test and probable quarantine.
In case, at the time of arrival the validity of the issued certificate is expired due to length of travel or other reasons, another test would not be required. However, the passenger would be subject to medical screening and clinical assessment and in case of showing symptoms would be tested again. The passenger will be quarantined in assigned locations until receiving the test result and in case of positive test result, the passenger will be accommodated in assigned quarantine locations for 14 days. Passenger shall incur costs for the test and accommodation.
With regards to diplomats, political commissions and local and foreign governmental authorities and international agencies staff, the health certificate and laboratory test from the departure country is not required and they will only be subject to clinical assessment upon arrival. In case of showing any symptoms, these passengers will be tested for Covid-19 and in addition to submission of commitment letter and contact number, they should be in quarantine in respective embassies or determined residence until receiving the test result. This group are not required to incur the cost of testing.
All Iranians and international arriving passengers (even representing health certificate) are subject to medical screening upon arrival and in case of showing symptoms or at the discretion of medical teams based in the border health control centers, will be directed to designated medical and diagnostic centers for more clinical assessments and testing.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due to P. vivax and very limited risk due to P. falciparum exist from March through November
in rural areas of the provinces of Hormozgan and Kerman (tropical part) and the southern part of Sistan and
Baluchestan.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

Other country requirement(s) (2018)
Proof of polio vaccination between 4 weeks and 12 months prior to arrival to Iran is required for all travellers
of all ages arriving from a polio-endemic country (Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan). If such a certificate cannot
be presented, travellers will receive a dose of polio vaccine at entry.

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Full Restrictions

  • Iran Flights From Iran to Turkey Suspended Until September (Financial Tribune, 06.08.2020)
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    International restrictions:

    Entry is permitted to holders of an Iranian passport or holders of a valid visa. All passengers arriving into Iran by air are required to hold a valid health certificate, issued by the health authorities of the country of departure. This must contain a COVID-19 molecular test performed by an approved centre of the departure country, carried out within 96 hours of entry into Iran. Non-Iranian nationals will not be permitted entry without such a certificate. Iranian nationals without such a certificate will be directed to quarantine locations for 14 days and will incur associated medical and accommodation costs. You may be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. On arrival, passengers are asked to fill in a form in which they undertake to self-isolate for 14 days at their address. On arrival, passengers are asked to fill in a paper form giving their name, contact details and address. Passengers are strongly advised to cross check with their air operators on the latest prerequisites and required documentations.
    **Qatar Airways: requires passengers travelling from specific countries including Iran to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR
    medical test result when checking in. Tests must be issued within 72 hours before departure, from laboratories that are approved by Qatar Airways, and paid for at the passenger’s expense. Those that do not have a copy of their medical test certificate alongside a Passenger Consent Form will not be permitted to travel on Qatar Airways flights. Please check with your alirline for specific information on requirements before you fly.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Some health measures have been put in place in parts of Iran, including temporary closures of schools, universities and public events. There are reports of imposed travel restrictions in several provinces, including to important tourism and pilgrimage areas.

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    14.09.2020
  • Iran Flights From Iran to Turkey Suspended Until September (Financial Tribune, 06.08.2020)
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    International restrictions:

    Entry is permitted to holders of an Iranian passport or holders of a valid visa. All passengers arriving into Iran by air are required to hold a valid health certificate, issued by the health authorities of the country of departure. This must contain a COVID-19 molecular test performed by an approved centre of the departure country, carried out within 96 hours of entry into Iran. Non-Iranian nationals will not be permitted entry without such a certificate. Iranian nationals without such a certificate will be directed to quarantine locations for 14 days and will incur associated medical and accommodation costs. You may be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. On arrival, passengers are asked to fill in a form in which they undertake to self-isolate for 14 days at their address. On arrival, passengers are asked to fill in a paper form giving their name, contact details and address. Passenger are strongly advised to cross check with their air operators on the latest prerequisites and required documentations.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Some health measures have been put in place in parts of Iran, including temporary closures of schools, universities and public events. There are reports of imposed travel restrictions in several provinces, including to important tourism and pilgrimage areas.

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    13.08.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Entry is permitted to holders of an Iranian passport or holders of a valid visa. All passengers arriving into Iran by air are required to hold a valid health certificate, issued by the health authorities of the country of departure. This must contain a COVID-19 molecular test performed by an approved centre of the departure country, carried out within 96 hours of entry into Iran. Non-Iranian nationals will not be permitted entry without such a certificate. Iranian nationals without such a certificate will be directed to quarantine locations for 14 days and will incur associated medical and accommodation costs. You may be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. On arrival, passengers are asked to fill in a form in which they undertake to self-isolate for 14 days at their address. On arrival, passengers are asked to fill in a paper form giving their name, contact details and address.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Some health measures have been put in place in parts of Iran, including temporary closures of schools, universities and public events. There are reports of imposed travel restrictions in several provinces, including to important tourism and pilgrimage areas.

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    04.08.2020
  • Iran

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    International restrictions:

    Entry is permitted to holders of an Iranian passport or holders of a valid visa. All passengers arriving into Iran by air are required to hold a valid health certificate, issued by the health authorities of the country of departure. This must contain a COVID-19 molecular test performed by an approved centre of the departure country, carried out within 96 hours of entry into Iran. Non-Iranian nationals will not be permitted entry without such a certificate. Iranian nationals without such a certificate will be directed to quarantine locations for 14 days and will incur associated medical and accommodation costs. You may be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. On arrival, passengers are asked to fill in a form in which they undertake to self-isolate for 14 days at their address. On arrival, passengers are asked to fill in a paper form giving their name, contact details and address.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Some health measures have been put in place in parts of Iran, including temporary closures of schools, universities and public events. There are reports of imposed travel restrictions in several provinces, including to important tourism and pilgrimage areas.

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    24.07.2020
  • Iran Flights to Turkey will likely be resumed on June 20. (Xinhua, 14.06.2020)
    Only non-Iranians are able to depart from Iran via a very few airlines (Qatar Airways, Iran Air and Mahan).

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    International restrictions:

    Some airlines are no longer flying in and out of Iran and many neighbouring countries have closed their borders or started monitoring travellers from Iran. There may be further measures introduced at short notice. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities, and keep up to date with information on the impact on any existing travel plans. A self-declaration form should be completed upon arrival.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Some health measures have been put in place in parts of Iran, including temporary closures of schools, universities and public events. There are reports of imposed travel restrictions in several provinces, including to important tourism and pilgrimage areas.

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    28.06.2020
  • Iran Flights to Turkey will likely be resumed on June 20. (Xinhua, 14.06.2020)
    Only non-Iranians are able to depart from Iran via a very few airlines (Qatar Airways, Iran Air and Mahan).

    1. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a normal passport, passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport and passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport are no longer visa exempt. However, they can obtain a visa on arrival.
    2. Passengers must go through medical screening upon arrival and are subject to be tested for COVID-19 and to quarantine.
    3. A completed self-declaration form concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) must be presented upon arrival.
    4. Based on the travel advisory restriction issued by United Arab Emirates Government, nationals of United Arab Emirates are not allowed to travel to Iran.
    5. A special permission through email specialpermissions@cao.ir is required for international flights to use all international airports.

    All neighbouring countries to Iran – aside from Afghanistan – have closed joint borders, and a number of countries have banned flights from Iran.

    Internal restrictions:

    The ban on inter-city travel has been lifted, and those businesses judged to pose only a ‘medium risk’ of spreading the coronavirus have been allowed to reopen. This excludes gyms, restaurants, shopping malls and Tehran’s grand bazaar
    Universities, schools, cultural and sports centres will remain closed.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Museums and historical sites across Iran will reopen to the public on Sunday 24 May. All government employees working from home must return to their offices on May 30. Limited reopening of holy sites after Eid al-Fitr. (Times of Israel, 23.05.2020)

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    15.06.2020
  • Iran Government announces further relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown measures (Times of Israel, 23.05.2020) Only non-Iranians are able to depart from Iran via a very few airlines (Qatar Airways, Iran Air and Mahan). 1. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a normal passport, passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport and passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport are no longer visa exempt. However, they can obtain a visa on arrival. 2. Passengers must go through medical screening upon arrival and are subject to be tested for COVID-19 and to quarantine. 3. A completed self-declaration form concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) must be presented upon arrival. 4. Based on the travel advisory restriction issued by United Arab Emirates Government, nationals of United Arab Emirates are not allowed to travel to Iran. 5. A special permission through email specialpermissions@cao.ir is required for international flights to use all international airports. All neighbouring countries to Iran – aside from Afghanistan – have closed joint borders, and a number of countries have banned flights from Iran.

    Internal restrictions:

    The ban on inter-city travel has been lifted, and those businesses judged to pose only a ‘medium risk’ of spreading the coronavirus have been allowed to reopen. This excludes gyms, restaurants, shopping malls and Tehran’s grand bazaar Universities, schools, cultural and sports centres will remain closed. Relaxation to restrictions: Museums and historical sites across Iran will reopen to the public on Sunday 24 May. All government employees working from home must return to their offices on May 30. Limited reopening of holy sites after Eid al-Fitr. (Times of Israel, 23.05.2020)

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    30.05.2020
  • Iran Only non-Iranians are able to depart from Iran via a very few airlines (Qatar Airways, Iran Air and Mahan). 1. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a normal passport, passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport and passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport are no longer visa exempt. However, they can obtain a visa on arrival. 2. Passengers must go through medical screening upon arrival and will be subject to be tested for COVID-19 and to be placed in quarantine. 3. A completed self-declaration form concerning COVID-19 must be presented upon arrival. 4. Based on the travel advisory restriction issued by UAE Government, nationals of UAE are not allowed to travel to Iran. IranAir has suspended all flights to and from European destinations until further notice. All flights from mainland China are banned until further notice. All neighbouring countries to Iran – aside from Afghanistan – have closed joint borders, and a number of countries have banned flights from Iran.

    Internal restrictions:

    The ban on inter-city travel has been lifted, and those businesses judged to pose only a ‘medium risk’ of spreading the coronavirus have been allowed to reopen. This excludes gyms, restaurants, shopping malls and Tehran’s grand bazaar Universities, schools, cultural and sports centres will remain closed. Relaxation to restrictions: Museums and historical sites across Iran will reopen to the public on Sunday 24 May. All government employees working from home must return to their offices on May 30. Limited reopening of holy sites after Eid al-Fitr. (Times of Israel, 23.05.2020)

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    24.05.2020
  • Iran Only non-Iranians are able to depart from Iran via a very few airlines (Qatar Airways, Iran Air and Mahan).

    1. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a normal passport, passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport and passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport are no longer visa exempt. However, they can obtain a visa on arrival.
    2. Passengers must go through medical screening upon arrival and will be subject to be tested for COVID-19 and to be placed in quarantine.
    3. A completed self-declaration form concerning COVID-19 must be presented upon arrival.
    4. Based on the travel advisory restriction issued by UAE Government, nationals of UAE are not allowed to travel to Iran.

    IranAir has suspended all flights to and from European destinations until further notice. All flights from mainland China are banned until further notice. All neighbouring countries to Iran – aside from Afghanistan – have closed joint borders, and a number of countries have banned flights from Iran.

    Internal restrictions:

    The ban on inter-city travel has been lifted, and those businesses judged to pose only a ‘medium risk’ of spreading the coronavirus have been allowed to reopen. This excludes gyms, restaurants, shopping malls and Tehran’s grand bazaar
    Universities, schools, cultural and sports centres will remain closed.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source WFP Sources/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Ministry of Health/
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