The UK Foreign Office has issued a warning to Britons and advised not to travel within the border Iran and Iraq over “heightened tensions” following the assassination of a top military Iranian figure, Qassem Soleimani.
The UK Government body said, “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise all British nationals against all travel within 100km of the entire Iran-Afghanistan border.”
It also added that alerts regarding other Middle East nations were also being increased, with warnings that Britons should “remain vigilant” in Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to; “The Enhanced Security Zone in Kabul, Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Panjshir province and the city of Bamyan.”
“Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, British nationals in the region should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice,” the warning reads.
According to the FCO, the British Embassy is not able to accept registrations from British nationals travelling in Afghanistan or monitor their safety when they are in country.
“Staff from the British Embassy may be unable to travel to certain parts of the country due to the security situation; this may severely limit the consular assistance that can be offered.”
It also added that hotels and guesthouses used by foreign nationals and the government of Afghanistan are subject to regular threats and the British Embassy doesn’t allow official visitors to stay in hotels overnight and has placed restaurants and other venues off limits to staff.