The UK has updated its travel advice on Iran, warning its citizens, especially those with dual Iranian nationality, of a risk of being arbitrarily detained.
The Guardian reports the move appears to result from a stalemate over the fate of at least two British-Iranians currently detained in Tehran.
One of those, 37 year old charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was on holiday visiting her family in Iran when she was detained at the airport returning to the UK on the 3rd April. A petition calling for her release is available at this link.
In a statement, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) says:
“British nationals – including dual British/Iranian nationals – face greater risks than nationals of many other countries. The security forces may be suspicious of people with British connections. The risks are likely to be higher for independent travellers or students than for people travelling as part of an organised tour or business people invited by the Iranian authorities or companies.
“There’s a risk that British nationals and British/Iranian dual nationals could be arbitrarily detained in Iran.“
The FCO’s full advice can be found here.
(Source: The Guardian, UK FCO)