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08 Jan 2020 | 11:54 AM UTC

Iran: Dutch and Canadian governments advise citizens against travel January 8 /update 1

Dutch and Canadian governments advise their citizens against travel to Iran as of January 8; follow home government directives



On Wednesday, January 8, the Dutch Foreign Ministry issued a travel advisory for its citizens strongly advising against travel to Iran due to the "unpredictable" security situation there. The Canadian government also issued a directive for its citizens on Wednesday recommending against non-essential travel to Iran. In addition, it warned that dual Canadian-Iranian citizens in Iran, in particular, "are at risk of being arbitrarily questioned, arrested and detained."  

The French government issued a similar directive for its citizens on Tuesday, January 7, adding that those who are already in Iran and unable to leave the country temporarily are advised to remain vigilant and limit their movement within the country. It is also advised for those citizens to report their presence in the country to the French Embassy and Consulate in Tehran.


The advisory comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States following a targeted attack that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on January 3. Iranian forces have since retaliated by sending "tens" of missiles to two US bases in Iraq.


Individuals in Iran are advised to monitor the situation, advised to remain vigilant at all times, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media.