Government of Canada issues official travel advisory for Iran due to "threat of terrorism"

Jan 8 2020, 7:45 am

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for Iran.

The advisory states to avoid non-essential travel to Iran due “to the volatile security situation, the regional threat of terrorism and the risk of arbitrary detention.”

The federal government says that Canadians, particularly dual Canadian-Iranian citizens, are at risk of being arbitrarily questioned, arrested, and detained.

“Iran does not recognize dual nationality and Canada will not be granted consular access to dual Canadian-Iranian citizens. Canadian-Iranian dual citizens should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Iran,” reads the advisory.

Canada is warning against all travel to Sistan-Baluchistan and the border with Afghanistan “due to ethnic conflicts and the risk of kidnapping and terrorist attacks.”

It also warns against travel near the border or Iraq “due to ongoing conflict in that country and cross-border ethnic conflicts.”

“On January 3, 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad International Airport,” says the Canadian government, adding that the incident has led to increased tensions in the region.

“There is an increased threat of attacks against Western interests and of terrorist attacks in general. Violent demonstrations could occur in the coming days. The security situation could worsen with little warning.”

If you are currently in Iran, the Government of Canada asks that you be very cautious, review your security measures, avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, monitor local media, and follow the instructions of local authorities.

On Wednesday, 63 Canadians were among 176 who died after Ukrainian plane crash in Iran.

Flight PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv disappeared from the radars a few minutes after departure from Tehran International Airport at 6:10 am local time.

The airline said there were 167 passengers and nine crew members on board.