Government of Canada advising against all travel to Iran due to spread of coronavirus

Mar 5 2020, 7:19 am

The Government of Canada has upgraded its travel advisory for Iran due to the spread of coronavirus.

Initially, the federal government warned against “non-essential” travel to Iran. And as of March 5, Canada is now advising against all travel to Iran “due to travel restrictions imposed following the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”

According to the Canadian government, it is increasingly difficult to leave the country.

“Many airlines have suspended or reduced flights to and from Iran. Most neighbouring countries have closed their borders with Iran. A number of countries are denying entry to foreigners who have been in Iran up to 14 days before their planned arrival. Further restrictions may be imposed suddenly,” the advisory says.

“Consider leaving the country by commercial means while these are still available. The Government of Canada may have little to no ability to assist your departure from Iran.”

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

As of March 3, 33 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.