Australia lowers travel warning for Iran

December 23, 2015 6:35 am 

TEHRAN, Dec. 22 — australia has lowered its travel warning for Iran indicating a warming of ties with the country in the aftermath of its historic nuclear deal with Western states.

According to Daniel Flitton, senior correspondent of the Australian national online news brand (Sydney Morning Herald), previously Australians had been told to 'reconsider their need to travel' to Iran, but the warning has now been lowered to 'exercise a high degree of caution'.

The move is a “sign of warming ties between the West and Iran after the landmark nuclear bargain struck this year,” Flitton said in an article appeared on Tuesday in Sydney Morning Herald.

An excerpt of Flitton’s article follows:

australia has just lowered its travel warning for Iran – potentially putting a trip to the Islamic Republic on a holiday bucket list for keen travelers.

The decision will be seen as a further sign of warming ties between the West and Iran after the landmark nuclear bargain struck this year.

The Coalition is also keen to convince Tehran to accept the return of thousands of Iranian asylum seekers that travelled by boat to Australia but are considered unlikely to be granted refugee status.

Labor had been critical of dealing with Iran, and of reports in June the travel advice to the country could be lowered.

The official travel advice from the Foreign Affairs department was changed on Monday and still cautions Australians in Iran not to travel to border areas with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A spokeswoman said the lowering of the level of advice reflected the official assessment of the current safety and security environment in Iran.

'As with all travel, we recommend Australians subscribe to the country travel advice, register their travel, and purchase appropriate travel insurance,' the spokeswoman said.

Iran has been a holiday destination – especially the picturesque central city of Isfahan – but 'ongoing regional tensions' had meant people were officially counseled to reconsider travelling since 2012, the second-highest level after 'do not travel'.

Iran is now ranked along with other Middle East countries Israel, Jordan and Kuwait for people to exercise caution, while tourists are urged to reconsider travel to Saudi Arabia, and not to go to Iraq, Syria or Yemen. (PNA/IRNA)



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