The Canadian Government has issued an updated travel advisory warning against all non-essential travel in Iran, following the escalation of tensions between Iran and the US, and on the same day a deadly plane crash in Tehran killed 176 people. While the advisory does not specifically mention Wednesday morning's crash, it has been recently updated to acknowledge the region's "volatile security situation."
Early on Wednesday morning, Global Affairs Canada updated its travel advisory warnings for the country of Iran, urging all Canadians and Canadian-Iranian dual citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the region.
The government's advisory describes the security situation in Iran as "volatile," and suggests that there's a serious risk of "terrorism and arbitrary detention" in the country.
The statement explains that Canadians, particularly dual Canadian-Iranian citizens, are at risk of being "arbitrarily questioned, arrested and detained" in the region, as Iran does not officially recognize dual nationality.
This latest advisory update follows escalating tensions between the US and Iran, after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi bases that were housing U.S. soldiers.
A level 4 “Do Not Travel” warning remains in place for areas around the borders with Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Canadian Government also urges citizens to avoid all travel to areas within 10 km of the Iraq border, due to ongoing conflict within the country, as well as cross-border conflicts.
#Iran: Avoid non-essential travel to Iran due to the volatile security situation and the regional threat of terrori… https://t.co/qL8ImyzjZD— Travel.gc.ca (@Travel.gc.ca)1578483908.0
Last week, the Canadian government updated their travel advisory for Iraq, following a U.S. airstrike near an airport in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general and Iraqi military leaders.
The report from Global Affairs Canada explained: "This attack has led to increased tensions in the region. The security situation could worsen with little warning."
The statement continues: "There is an increased threat of attacks against Western interests and of terrorist attacks in general."
#Iraq: The security situation could worsen with little warning. There is an increased threat of terrorist attacks a… https://t.co/IOsSkCPbDl— Travel.gc.ca (@Travel.gc.ca)1578087946.0
The most recent advisory update came just hours before a deadly plane crash in Iran killed 176 people, including 63 Canadians.
The aircraft crashed in the Iranian city of Tehran, hours after Iran launched an attack on U.S. troops. Ukrainian and Iranian officials have reported a suspected mechanical issue that brought down the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
In response, Transport Canada has announced that Air Canada, the only Canadian air carrier that operates in Iran, has altered its routes to ensure the security of its flights into and over the Middle East.
Air Canada, the only Canadian air carrier that operates in the region covered by the FAA NOTAM, has altered its rou… https://t.co/2RhFy5Xwtu— Transport Canada (@Transport Canada)1578459357.0
The Government of Canada warns travellers that there is no resident Canadian government office in Iran. Therefore, the ability of Canadian officials to provide consular assistance is extremely limited.
For more information and updated travel advisories for Iran, click here.