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Travel Advisory for Iran

14 April 2024

Given the latest security situation, Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Iran.

Singaporeans who are in Iran should remain vigilant and monitor developments closely. Singapore has no diplomatic mission in Iran, which constrains our ability to extend consular assistance in an emergency. Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg so that we can contact them should the need arise. Those who need consular assistance while in Iran may contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours) at:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hr)

Address: Tanglin, Singapore 248163

Tel: +65 6379 8800/8855

Fax: +65 6476 7302

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg



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As stated on the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (https://evisa.mfa.ir/en/), Singaporeans may visit Iran (visa-free) for tourism for a non-extendable period of 15 days once every six months. Travellers’ passports must have at least  six months’ validity from the date of departure to Iran.

Female travellers should observe the local dress code, which include wearing a headscarf in public areas, as well as covering the shoulders, top of arms, and legs (to the ankle).

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to contact their travel agent or the nearest Embassy of Iran for the latest information.

Cities and historical places in Iran are generally safe. Public disturbance and the risk of terrorism have been reported in the frontier areas, for example, near the Iran-Iraq and Iran-Pakistan borders. Demonstrations and political gatherings may occur suddenly in major Iranian cities. Travellers should avoid large public gatherings, monitor the local news and follow the advice of the local authorities. If there are signs of unrest, leave the area and head to a safe place immediately.

As a Muslim country, Islamic law is strictly enforced in Iran. Visitors should respect local customs and regulations, and dress and behave conservatively. Books, magazines and DVDs with explicit sexual content are forbidden. The import, sale and consumption of alcohol and pork products are strictly prohibited.

Dust and sand storms are common in some areas of Iran. Travellers are advised to monitor the local news and weather forecasts, and follow local advice in the event of inclement weather conditions. 


Mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, are prevalent in certain areas. Consult your doctor before you travel, and take precautions against insect bites. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 5 February 2024]

Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.

Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.


For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

  • Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
  • eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

While travelling

  • Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrest or terror attacks.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
  • In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

Advisory: Email Scams

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport numbers, address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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