Foreign Office updates travel and flights warning for Brits as Israel strikes Iran

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The Foreign Office has updated its Middle East travel advice today after Israel launched a strike against Iran as tensions in the region continue to escalate

The Foreign Office has issued updated travel warnings after Israel launched a retaliatory strike on Iran on Friday.

All travel to Iran is warned against in the Foreign Office’s strongest terms. Any Brit who chooses to go to the Middle Eastern country will likely find their insurance invalidated and will be very unlikely to receive help from the UK Government if they get into trouble. The Foreign Office updated its travel advice this morning following an Israeli military strike.

“If you’re a British national already in Iran, either resident or visitor, carefully consider your presence there and the risks you take by staying,” the Foreign Office website states.

“FCDO advises against all travel to Iran. British and British-Iranian dual nationals are at significant risk of arbitrary arrest, questioning or detention in Iran. Holding a British passport can be reason enough for the Iranian authorities to question you. If you are detained in Iran, you could face months or years in prison.

“On 13 April 2024 Iran launched an attack against Israel, using UAVs, ballistic and cruise missiles fired from Iran into Israel. We are aware of reports that on 19 April Israel attacked sites in Iran in response.”

Early on Friday Israel launched a strike against Iran, although the exact nature of the attack is not yet completely clear. Iranian state media are citing unconfirmed reports of explosions in the central province of Isfahan, while flights have been suspended over several cities, the BBC reports.

Iran fired air defence batteries early Friday and some flights were diverted or grounded after reports of explosions near a major airbase and nuclear site where drones were spotted, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this month more than 300 drones and missiles were fired at Israel by Iran during its unprecedented attack, which the UK and US helped to repel. The strike saw several countries shut down their airspace and has led to the long-term disruption of certain flight routes.

The UK Foreign Office has not updated its travel advice for Israel today, but it continues to warn against travel to some but not all parts of the country.

It did recently update its advice for those heading to Egypt, which is one of the biggest holiday destinations in the Middle East for Brits. The country shares a border with Palestine. Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh and Alexandria are in the same region as the contentious Raffa Crossing.

Travellers to Egypt are urged to check the FCDO’s website for the latest advice before travelling. The organisation currently advises against travel to a number of parts of the country, including all travel to within 20km of the Egypt-Libya border, except for the town of El Salloum, and all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai.

It also advises against all but essential travel to the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, except for specific parts which can be checked online.

The FCDO adds that the land border into Israel from Egypt at Taba could close with little notice. It advises to check with local authorities and consult the travel advice for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories before trying to cross the border.

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