Several countries issue travel warning over Israel-Iran tensions



Countries such as France, India, Russia, Poland, and the United Kingdom have issued advisories cautioning their citizens against travelling to Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories, and surrounding areas due to heightened tensions following an attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus. This strike, occurring on April 1st, resulted in the deaths of seven members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including two generals, sparking concerns of potential reprisals and escalating violence in the Middle East.

In response to Iran’s threat of retaliatory actions, various nations have taken precautionary measures. France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs advised against travel to Iran, Lebanon, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, urging diplomatic personnel and relatives of diplomats based in Iran to return to France. Similarly, the United Kingdom recommended its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Israel and Palestine, particularly highlighting the risk of attacks originating from Iran.

Other countries like Russia, Poland, and India have also issued travel advisories regarding the region. Russia urged its citizens to refrain from travelling to Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine, citing security risks. Poland’s Foreign Ministry echoed similar sentiments, cautioning against travel to these areas due to the potential for sudden escalations in military operations. India’s Ministry of External Affairs advised its citizens to avoid travelling to Iran and Israel until further notice, emphasising the need for utmost caution and minimal movement for those already in these countries.