I will travel to Iran for a few weeks and I wanted to know if I can bring the two USB keys I always have with me:

  • One with Tails OS installed on it.

  • The other with two partitions, with one encrypted.

I guess both are forbidden. But as a tourist, can I have trouble just by having this on me (no matter the contents of the key)? How likely is it that during a control (at the border, in airports...) they check what is on the keys?

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    "I guess both are forbidden" You guess or do you have a reference saying that they are forbidden ? what's tails ?
    – Max
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 22:49
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    Do you mean that it has Tails OS on it?
    – Giorgio
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 0:01
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    What specifically are you concerned about? Are you more concerned about just having an encrypted partition, or are you worried about the actual contents of the keys? Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 16:26
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    You'd better read the ITAR rules (assuming you are travelling to Iran after having been in the USA), a lot of software and electronics falls under "dual use".
    – Ben Voigt
    Commented Jun 23, 2018 at 1:13
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    I've never seen the content of electronic devices being checked in the airport in Iran. Only passport check. So no worries, unless you are a specific person they are after!
    – B Faley
    Commented Jun 23, 2018 at 7:54


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