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Cablegate: Travel Warning - Iran

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UNCLAS STATE 098696

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC ASEC PTER IR
SUBJECT: TRAVEL WARNING - IRAN

1. The Department of State continues to warn U.S.
citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to
Iran. Dual national Iranian-American citizens may
encounter difficulty in departing Iran. This Travel
Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Iran issued
January 3, 2008.
2. Some elements of the Iranian regime and the
population remain hostile to the United States. As a
result, American citizens may be subject to harassment
or arrest while traveling or residing in Iran. In 2007,
Iranian authorities prevented a number of Iranian-
American citizen academics, journalists, and others who
traveled to Iran for personal reasons from leaving for
several months, and in some cases detained and
imprisoned them on various charges, including espionage
and posing a threat to national security. Americans of
Iranian origin should consider the risk of being
targeted by authorities before planning travel to Iran.
Iranian authorities may deny dual nationals access to
the United States Interests Section in Tehran, because
they are considered to be solely Iranian citizens.
3. The Iranian regime continues to repress its minority
religious and ethnic groups, including Bahai, Arabs,
Kurds, Azeris, and others. Consequently, some areas
within the country where these minorities reside,
including the Baluchistan border area near Pakistan and
Afghanistan, the Kurdish northwest of the country, and
areas near the Iraqi border, remain unsafe. Armed
attacks on the road between Bam and Kerman in May 2007
also render this area unsafe.
4. Large-scale demonstrations have taken place in
various regions throughout Iran over the past several
years as a result of a sometimes volatile political
climate. U.S. citizens who travel to Iran despite this
Travel Warning should exercise caution.
5. The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or
consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and
therefore cannot provide protection or routine consular
services to American citizens in Iran. The Swiss
government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves
as protecting power for U.S. interests in Iran. Neither
U.S. passports nor visas to the United States are issued
in Tehran. The Iranian Government does not recognize
dual citizenship and generally does not permit the Swiss
to provide protective services for U.S. citizens who are
also Iranian nationals. U.S. citizens of Iranian origin
who are considered by Iran to be Iranian citizens have
been detained and harassed by Iranian authorities.
Former Muslims who have converted to other religions, as
well as persons who encourage Muslims to convert, are
subject to arrest and prosecution.
6. Americans who travel or reside in Iran despite this
Travel Warning are strongly encouraged to register
through the State Department's travel registration
website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. If they
are in Tehran, American citizens may also register in
person at the U.S. Interests Section of the Swiss
Embassy at Africa Avenue, West Farzan Street, no. 59,
Tehran. The local telephone numbers are 021-8878-2964
and 021-8879-2364, fax 021-8877-3265, e-mail:
tie.vertretung@eda.admin.ch.
7. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of
State's Country Specific Information for Iran, and the
current Worldwide Caution, which are located on the
Department's Internet web site at
http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also
obtain updated information on travel and security
conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the
United States and Canada or, from outside the United
States and Canada, 1-202-501-4444.

8. Minimize considered.
RICE

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