COVID-19 Information

Level 4 Travel Warning

Last updated: 12/09/2021

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Iran has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Government offices, schools, and stores remain open.
  • 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
    However, as of December 6, 2021, foreign passengers from the following countries are barred from entering Iran until further notice:
    – Botswana
    – Eswatini
    – Lesotho
    – Malawi
    – Mozambique
    – Namibia
    – South Africa
    – Zimbabwe
  • 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 be conducted within 72 hours before arrival.  Foreign travelers who cannot provide the results of a PCR test will be turned away.  Additionally, travelers must provide a double-vaccination certificate issued no sooner than two weeks prior to entry.  Iranian nationals entering without vaccination certificates must undergo a PCR test, and quarantine at a designated location until the result is clear.
  • 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  All travelers are subject to a period of quarantine if they demonstrate COVID-19 symptoms during a Ministry of Health mandated health screening upon their arrival. The quarantine will continue until a clear PCR result is obtained, after which a decision is made in accordance with the test result.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Iran? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 24 hours? Yes
  • Free PCR tests may be obtained for symptomatic persons by dialing 4030 or 190. The Ministry of Health and Medical Education has allocated centers nationwide for this purpose.
  • Hospitals, laboratories, and medical facilities that offer private PCR tests, the cost of which is borne by the individual.  The average cost of a PCR test is 2.5 – 3.5 million IRR. Most facilities offer testing at home and charge an additional average of 1.5 – 2 million IRR for the service.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Transportation Options:

  • 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 1,000’000 (USD 3.3).
  • Breaking quarantine carries a fine of IRR 2’000’000 (USD 6.6).

Consular Operations:

  • The Swiss government provides limited consular services to U.S. citizens on behalf of the U.S. government.  See contact information below.

Local Resources:

Embassy of Switzerland – Foreign Interests Section
Pasdaran, Shahid Mousavi St. (Golestan 5th)
Corner of Paydarfard St., No. 55, Pasdaran Avenue
Tehran, Iran
 (98) (21) 2254-2178 and (98) (21) 2256-5273
Emegency Telephone: (41) (58) 465-3333 (Helpline – FDFA Bern)
Fax: (98) (21) 2258-0432