Smart Traveller lowers Iran's travel warning

For some time, Iran has been listed on the Smart Traveller website as a “reconsider your need to travel” destination, however just this week the travel warning has been downgraded to “exercise a high degree of caution”. 

According to eGlobal Travel Media the travel update puts Iran on the same level as Thailand, Indonesia, India and Papua New Guinea. 

This is good news for travellers looking to get off the beaten path, as Iran boasts some of the world’s most famous monuments and historical sites. eGlobal Travel Media explained, “with attractive natural and historical sites, Iran is rated among the 10 most appealing countries in the world in terms of its tourist potential, history, diversity of climatic conditions and variety of landscapes.”

While Iran’s travel warning has been lowered, the Smart Traveller website warned Aussie travellers that they will still need to “exercise a high degree of caution” in Iran due to ongoing regional tensions and cases of political violence.

“You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times and keep a low profile in your activities. Monitor the local and international media for information on developments which may affect your security.”

Smart Traveller also advised travellers to avoid bordered areas of Iran near Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

If you think Iran might just be on your travel bucket list for 2016, here are some of Smart Traveller’s tips to take into consideration:

1. Organise a visa. According to Smart Traveller to enter Iran you’re required to obtain a visa and will also need to have at least 6 months on your passport.

2. Take out comprehensive travel insurance. Smart Traveller also “strongly recommends” taking out a policy that will cover you for any medical costs in Iran, including medical evacuation. You can compare travel insurance deals here.

3. Organise your travel money. Smart Traveller says that you’ll need sufficient cash in the form of US dollars or Euros, as international credit and bank cards are not accepted in Iran. 

4. Monitor the news. While you’re there watch the news regularly, so you are aware immediately of any political tensions that you should avoid.

5. Know the law. According to Smart Traveller, the Australian Government can’t help you if you commit a crime according to the law of Iran. So make sure before you visit Iran, you’re aware of what is not permitted and learn up on local customs.