This post is by Bernie Carr,
Today’s post is a quick one to share something I came across that we can chat about. Although it’s not about preparedness entirely, it’s about travel safety, which is another one of my interests.
Australian YouTubers arrested in Iran
I did not see this report in mainstream media – this Australian couple visiting Iran got arrested a few weeks ago near the Iranian capital. They were detailing their adventures via Instagram and YouTube. Some reports showed they camped near a military base. Their social media showed they shot drone footage – illegal in Iran and that is why they are in an Iranian jail.
According to an article from The Guardian, Australia (like the U.S.) has a warning about traveling in Iran:
The Australian government’s travel advice for Iran warns: “There is a risk that foreigners, including Australians, could be arbitrarily detained or arrested in Iran. We can’t guarantee consular access if you are detained or arrested. We also can’t guarantee access to legal representation.”
Why did they go there?
Reports indicated the couple set off in their travels to visit countries that have a bad rap and show it’s not what people think. This video shows more details and discussion.
Unfortunately, this has happened before – tourists who get in trouble visiting countries that are known to be dangerous. Last year, a D.C. couple were killed while bicycling around Tajikistan.
Travel Alerts versus Travel Warnings
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has travel alerts and travel warnings posted.
What’s the difference?
- Travel Alerts are short-term such as natural disasters, terrorist event anniversaries, coups, high profile events, violence during elections etc.
- Travel Warnings are long term – the country is deemed dangerous and unstable and the Travel Dept. urges Americans to avoid travel or consider the risk. Warnings are also issued then the U.S. government’s ability to help its citizens visiting the country due to embassy closure or reduction in staff.
Iran has a Level 4 Travel Warning – Do not travel. Tajikistan has a Level 2 – Exercise increased caution. Regardless of the level of warning, travelers need to be careful and not drop their guard.
They must be aware of laws wherever they travel, as ignorance is not an excuse.
Visit the Travel.State.Gov Travel Advisory page and look at various countries and their warnings. It’s very interesting.
I can understand if someone has to travel to dangerous places for work but for leisure, people should think twice before heading to a dangerous destination.
Have you heard this story? What do y’all think? Sound off in the comments.