State Dept. reiterates warning on travel to Iran January 31, 2002 Share 1 -- WASHINGTON -- The State Department renewed its travel warning urging U.S. citizens to "exercise caution" when visiting Iran. The State Dept. said "The Kurdish northwest of the country, the area near the Iraqi border, and the Baluchistan border area near Pakistan and Afghanistan is generally not safe for tourism."Generally, the department noted, the "Iranian political situation remains volatile, and that some areas of the country are unsafe for tourism, Americans should exercise caution in deciding whether to travel to Iran, and where to go within the country."The State Dept. issued a similar warning last August.