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Australia Eases Travel Advisory

Australia Eases Travel AdvisoryAustralia Eases Travel Advisory

Australia has lowered its travel warning level for Iran, becoming the latest western country to do so following the landmark nuclear deal signed in July.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade previously advised Australians to “reconsider their need to travel” to Iran, but as of Monday the warning has been lowered to “exercise a high degree of caution.”

The advisory urges Aussies to avoid traveling to border areas with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, due to the high degree of political instability in those states.

A spokeswoman said the lowering of the level of advice reflected the official assessment of the current safety and security environment in Iran.

“As with all travel, we recommend Australians subscribe to the country travel advice, register their travel, and purchase appropriate travel insurance,” the spokeswoman said.

Following the signing of the nuclear pact between Iran and the six world powers — Britain, Russia, China, France and the United States plus Germany — the UK and France eased travel advisories for Iran, with local media in both states occasionally running stories promoting Iranian tourism ever since.