Last updated: 5/10/2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed healthcare provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Iran has confirmed case of COVID-19 in its borders.
- Government offices, schools, and stores remain in open and operating.
- The U.S. Department of State continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19 in Iran closely.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. All travelers over the age of 2 must provide a negative PCR test (in English) to the Ministry of Health upon arrival in Iran. The test must have been conducted within 96 hours before arrival. Foreign travelers who cannot provide the results of a PCR test will be turned away.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, the Iranian Ministry of Health conducts screenings of all travelers upon arrival. The Ministry places foreign travelers who demonstrate symptoms of COVID-19 in quarantine for 14 days in one of their designated locations. All costs are born by the traveler.
- Travelers who obtained a negative PCR result in Iran before departing are not required to provide a new one to re-enter within a 2 week timeframe.
- Iran suspended the issuance of tourist visas on August 1, 2020.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. Diplomats are prohibited from traveling within Iran for official or touristic purposes until further notice. Private individuals face no such restrictions.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. Travelers are subject to a 14 day quarantine if they demonstrate COVID-19 symptoms during a Ministry of Health mandated health screening upon their arrival.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in IRAN? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- Persons who are symptomatic may receive advice as to where to refer for a free PCR test by dialing 4030 or 190. The Ministry of Health and Medical Education has allocated centers nationwide for this purpose. Should an individual test positive for Covid-19, the Ministry will either summon their family and conduct tests, or Ministry/Red Crescent personnel with photo IDs will make home visits.
- Every individual is free to be tested privately as and when they please at any of the hospitals, laboratories and medical facilities that offer the service. The expense of a private test is borne by the individual directly, often reimbursed by their employer. The average cost of a PCR test is 3 – 3.5 million IRR. Most facilities offer testing at home, and charge an additional average of 1.5 – 2 million IRR for the service.
- Results are usually available online, via an individually allocated password, with which the result can be seen on the facility’s website. Physical copies are also available.
- Facilities that are specifically allocated by various airlines for pre-flight tests require the individual’s ticket number, in order to also submit the result to the airline directly.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Iran approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in IRAN for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Iran? Sputnik V
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA’s) website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are compulsory within airports, and on all public transportation and aircraft.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Not wearing a mask carries a fine of IRR 500’000 (USD 1.60).
- Breaking quarantine carries a fine of IRR 2’000’000 (USD 6.50).
- The Swiss government provides limited consular services to U.S. citizens on behalf of the U.S. government. See contact information below.
- Embassy of Switzerland – Foreign Interests Section: https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/iran/en/home/representations/embassy/embassy-of-switzerland-foreign-interests-section.html
- Other links:
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- State Department Page on Travel to Iran
Embassy of Switzerland – Foreign Interests Section
Pasdaran, Shahid Mousavi St. (Golestan 5th)
Corner of Paydarfard St., No. 55, Pasdaran Avenue
Telephone: (98) (21) 2254-2178 and (98) (21) 2256-5273
Emegency Telephone: (41) (58) 465-3333
Fax: (98) (21) 2258-0432