Latest News: Civil aviation authorities extend ban on passenger flights to, from 15 countries (Tehran Times, 28.04.2021). Iranian government to bar travelers from India because of COVID-19, halts all flights from, to Pakistan, India from 25 April (Reuters, 24.04.2021). Iranian aviation authority suspends all flights to, from France because of COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 14.04.2021).
On 21 December, the Iranian government suspended direct flights for two weeks to and from the UK following the emergence of a new strain of COVID-19. Commercial flights to and from Iran remain limited.
*Entry to Iran: Entry is permitted to holders of an Iranian passport or holders of a valid visa. You should check with your local Iranian Embassy or Consulate. On 21 December, the Iranian government suspended direct flights for two weeks to and from the UK following the emergence of a new strain of COVID-19. 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.
*Testing/Screening on arrival: You may be tested for COVID-19 on arrival.
*Quarantine requirements: People testing positive for COVID-19 may be required to isolate for 14 days.
*Data collection: On arrival, passengers may be asked to fill in a paper form giving their name, contact details and address. Internal Restrictions:
*Travel in Iran: It is now mandatory to wear face masks in enclosed public places. You may incur a fine if you do not comply. Measures and restrictions are in place in Iran, including temporary closure of non-essential businesses and shrines, and cancellation of some public events. Each province is able to introduce restrictions to respond to localised peaks in infections. This may include lockdown and restriction of movement, and may be introduced with little warning. Internal travel restrictions, including to important tourism and pilgrimage areas, may be imposed at short notice.
*Accommodation: Hotels are authorised to open in Iran but you should check in advance as restrictions can change at short notice, and in practice some may remain closed.
*Public places and services: Please refer to Travel in Iran section. Events such as sports matches remain either cancelled or held behind closed doors, with no spectators admitted. In practice, many restaurants, markets and shops remain closed or may have restrictions in place on the number of customers they will admit.