Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Iran on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Iran has suspended entry for citizens from a number of countries (though currently not the UK) and commercial flights are less frequent than normal. You should check the latest information with your airline or travel agent.

A number of airlines have suspended flights to and from Iran. Some commercial airlines, such as Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Iran Air, are operating, but services are limited. If you’re transiting a third country while travelling to or from Iran, you may wish to check their latest entry requirements.

Travellers arriving from a number of countries by air, land and sea will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival (costing 2.3m Rial), self isolate at their homes for an ‘appropriate duration’, and observe relevant protocols from the Ministry of Health.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Iran.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government requirements. You should undergo a test at one of the authorised laboratories for overseas travellers recognized by Iran’s Ministry of Health. You should check that the test result can be provided in the correct format and language.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

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.

Healthcare in Iran

Some medical facilities are currently under strain due to COVID-19.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you are advised to take a test and to self-isolate at home until you receive the results. If the symptoms are not serious, you should continue to self-isolate at home but if the symptoms persist and/or worsen then you are advised to go to a hospital for treatment. If you are a mono-British national, you should contact your Travel Insurance provider for advice; if you test positive for COVID-19, you will be referred to a specialist Coronavirus hospital or unit.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Iran

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Iran

This page will be updated as information is available about how you can get a vaccination in Iran. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Iran, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.