The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on February 26 that it has raised the travel notice for Iran to Level 2: Alert, in the wake of the rapid increase in the numbers of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and deaths in the country. The CECC advised Taiwanese travelers to take enhanced precautions when visiting Iran.
There have been 95 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths in Iran so far, with cases reported across 13 provinces. Iran has the highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus outside China, and cases in Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada have also been linked to Iran. Moreover, multiple countries across the Middle East have closed their borders with Iran. Based on the risk of COVID-19 infection in Iran, the CECC has adjusted its travel notice for the country as mentioned above.
The CECC stated that in response to the international spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, it has listed China (including Hong Kong and Macao) and South Korea under travel notice Level 3: Warning; Japan, Singapore, Italy and Iran under travel notice Level 2: Alert; and Thailand under Level 1: Watch. The CECC will continue to closely monitor outbreak developments and adjust the listing of affected areas and travel notices when necessary.