Travel suspension to Iran effective immediately

12 Dec 2018

The health and safety of our staff and students is a priority for us under the Senate-approved Risk Appetite Statement. The University has decided, effective immediately and until further notice, to place a suspension on all travel to Iran for the purpose of UQ official travel.

On November 26, 2018, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) raised the travel advice level of Iran recommending travellers reconsider their need to travel, due to the risk of arbitrary detention or arrest. Travellers may be at greater risk if they are undertaking certain activities which could attract the attention of Iranian authorities, including academic activities.

DFAT advises that dual nationals are particularly at risk as Iranian authorities do not recognise dual nationality. If a dual national is detained or arrested in Iran, it is very unlikely Iran would allow Australian officials to provide consular assistance.

UQ Travel in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), will continue to monitor the situation and the DFAT travel advice.

For further information please refer to the Smartraveller website.