According to the Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Islami, said on April 11 local time that the country has imposed travel restrictions on 39 countries due to the outbreak of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in Iran.
Islami said that due to the close economic and trade exchanges between the two countries, flights between Iran and Turkey are running normally, but domestic travel agencies in Iran must abide by the relevant provisions on the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic and prohibit groups from going to Turkey. It is not clear when group travel to Turkey will resume.
Islami said that the epidemic level of Khuserstan, Iran’s neighboring province to Iraq, has recently changed to the highest red state. Given the epidemic situation in the province, travel between Iraq and Iran has been banned. In order to prevent people infected with the novel coronavirus from entering Iran, the Iranian government has organized medical teams to carry out coronavirus testing at land border crossings. He also said that flights between Iran and the United Kingdom are still banned.
Since April this year, the epidemic in Iran has rebounded significantly. At present, Iran has more than 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 60,000 deaths, making it the country with the highest number of deaths in the Middle East.