UK Citizens Travelling in Iran
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 17, 2012 3:40 PM Last Post By: amiriniran2
Sep 6, 2012 10:12 AM
UK Citizens Travelling in IranHi, I'm a UK citizen and I have a trip booked to Iran late September to visit some Iranian friends. I've just been on the FCO website and noticed they've upgraded their advice, they're recommending to avoid all travel to Iran.
Just wondering if there are any UK citizens who have been there in the last couple of months and what their experiences have been. I'm kind of considering cancelling my trip, although I'd prefer not to.
Any advice from anyone who's been out there recently would be great. Thanks!
Sep 6, 2012 10:37 AM
1Am leaving next week from the USA for two weeks and will let you know. I'm thinking you (and I) should be ok before the US election, but who knows?
Sep 6, 2012 10:56 AM
2Thanks, would be great to hear your experiences. Are you a UK citizen? I agree about US/UK/Israel not attacking til after the election. Just a bit unnerved by what the FCO is saying about Iranian hostility towards Britain, and that they are now saying ALL travel to Iran should now be avoided. I imagine they are overblowing it though.
Sep 6, 2012 11:22 AM
3First my caveat, I have not traveled to Iran.
That said I have traveled extensively and to many countries with US State Department warnings (Kenya, Syria (prior to their current problems), Lebanon and so forth). My experience is there is a big difference between governments and people. Governments often do not get along, but people are mostly warm, inviting, hospitable and very friendly.
I would not hesitate to travel to Iran because my interactions would be with the people, not the government. I also believe that any military action taken against Iran would be highly targeted at their nuclear production facilities and unless you plan on visiting a top secret nuclear facility I doubt you'd have much trouble. Of course, there's always the threat of the Iranian government targeting a few tourists as a means of retaliation (as we saw with the hikers a couple years ago), but we can't live in fear over possibilities.
My uneducated advice would be to go and experience the culture and people of Iran. Let the governments deal with the politics.
Good luck and have a safe trip.
Sep 6, 2012 10:08 PM
Sep 7, 2012 2:07 AM
5I'm a UK citizen, I'm leaving for Iran on Sunday and am not concerned by the Foreign office warning either. Every report I have had about Iran indicates that there is little or no hostility to UK nationals and that generally the people are delighted to see you and practice their English.
Sep 7, 2012 1:07 PM
you and david will be fine in iran.
UNTIL and unless you get here and see for yourself you would not know how overblown those government travel advisory almost always are, especially when directed against iran. good luck. amir in tehran.
Edited by: amiriniran2
Sep 10, 2012 12:05 PM
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