July 1, 2011

New Sanctions Do Not Prohibit Iranian Americans from Flying Iran Air

Iran Air

Washington, DC – Iranian Americans may continue to travel using Iran Air, despite the recent imposition of sanctions on the company, according to the U.S. Treasury’s sanctions enforcement agency and the U.S. State Department.

Officials at the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and State Department have confirmed to NIAC that indeed U.S. individuals may continue to purchase tickets and fly on Iran Air.

Although the sanctions designation of Iran Air makes most U.S. business with the company illegal, the underlying sanctions law (the International Emergency Economic Powers Act) and regulations include a travel exemption. Therefore, the Iran Air sanctions do not bar to the use of Iran Air for travel purposes by U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or persons physically in the U.S.

The Iran Air sanctions do, however, prohibit other types of transactions with Iran Air, such as transactions related to the provision of insurance, aircraft servicing, or the export of goods to Iran Air. For questions or to learn more, contact the U.S. Treasury’s Sanctions Compliance Hotline at 1-800-540-6322.

This information is for education and informational purposes only, and should not be regarded as legal advice.




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