Iran Tourism Ministry to launch nationwide ban on travel to West Africa

Iran Tourism Ministry to launch nationwide ban on travel to West Africa

The Iranian Tourism Ministry on Thursday announced that it would introduce nationwide a ban on all travel to Africa, including travel to South Sudan, a country that borders South Africa.

The ministry said it would issue travel advisories in all three countries to prevent tourists from entering the country, citing a growing number of incidents of tourists being attacked, kidnapped and killed by suspected terrorists.

The decision was the first of its kind to be taken by Iran in the wake of the March 2015 coup attempt against Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was replaced by President Hassan Rohani.

The travel ban would take effect immediately, the ministry said.

It added that the ban would not apply to tourists from other countries.

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