Last Updated: 29 February 2020
Smarttraveller.gov.au has updated the status of travel to Iran.
Iran's travel advisory is now DO NOT TRAVEL. Travel insurance can not be issued for travel to Iran at this time.
We've changed our level of advice for Iran:
Do not travel to Iran due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The security situation remains volatile and there's a high risk you could be arbitrarily detained or arrested.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that there is a high level of concern about widespread community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran.
There have been many deaths.
The health care system will likely struggle to cope with a large outbreak.
Airlines are reducing or stopping flights into and out of Iran.
Medical evacuation is not likely to be possible.
Noting the other risks in Iran, including to your safety, we now advise Australians ‘do not travel’ to Iran.
If you’re in Iran, leave while commercial options are available. Some countries have put in place restrictions on travellers coming out of Iran. From 1 March, if you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or immediate family, returning from Iran to Australia you'll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the time you left Iran.
More information can be found at: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/middle-east/iran