Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Iran. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before departure. Confirm that your insurance covers the period of travel and check what circumstances and activities are not included in the policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before travelling. The standards of medical facilities in Iran vary and in remote areas are extremely limited. In the event of a serious accident/illness, a medical evacuation to London or Dubai may be necessary. Travellers should bring any necessary medications with them.

Malaria is prevalent outside the major towns, particularly in the south and west and other insect-borne diseases are common in Iran, with ticks especially active from spring to autumn. We recommend you take precautions against being bitten by insects, including using an insect repellent, wear long, light coloured, loose-fitting clothing and ensure your accommodation is mosquito proof.

Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases (including HIV/AIDS, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, and tuberculosis) are prevalent with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time. We advise you to boil all drinking water or drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes and raw and undercooked food. Seek medical advice if you have a fever or are suffering from diarrhoea.