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Iraq travel restrictions

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Airlines Updates

02.10.2020 Iraqi Airways during the month of October 2020 schedules following service, based on OAG schedules as of 27SEP20. Due to various travel restrictions, last minute changes remain likely.

Baghdad – Amman 1 weekly
Baghdad – Baku 1 weekly
Baghdad – Basra 7 weekly
Baghdad – Beirut 5 weekly
Baghdad – Cairo 3 weekly
Baghdad – Dhaka 4 weekly
Baghdad – Dubai 4 weekly
Baghdad – Erbil 11 weekly
Baghdad – Guangzhou 1 weekly
Baghdad – Mashhad 2 weekly
Baghdad – Minsk 1 weekly
Baghdad – Najaf 6 weekly
Baghdad – Sulaymaniyah 5 weekly
Baghdad – Tehran Imam Khomeini 3 weekly
Basra – Beirut 1 weekly
Basra – Cairo 1 weekly
Basra – Dubai 2 weekly
Basra – Erbil 2 weekly
Basra – Mashhad 1 weekly
Basra – Sulaymaniyah 2 weekly
Erbil – Cairo 1 weekly
Erbil – Dubai 2 weekly
Erbil – Sulaymaniyah 1 weekly
Erbil – Najaf 2 weekly
Najaf – Beirut 2 weekly
Najaf – Erbil 2 weekly
Najaf – Mashhad 1 weekly
Najaf – Sulaymaniyah 1 weekly
Najaf – Tehran Imam Khomeini 3 weekly
Sulaymaniyah – Cairo 1 weekly
Sulaymaniyah – Dubai 2 weekly

26.08.2020 Iraqi Airways in September 2020 plans to operate following service, based on OAG schedules listing as of 23AUG20. Operational aircraft is omitted due to discrepancies on certain inbound and outbound flights, and actual operation may be slightly different from listing below.

Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s operation.

Baghdad – Amman 1 weekly
Baghdad – Basra 4 weekly
Baghdad – Beirut 5 weekly
Baghdad – Cairo 3 weekly
Baghdad – Delhi 1 weekly
Baghdad – Dhaka 2 weekly
Baghdad – Erbil 11 weekly
Baghdad – Guangzhou 1 weekly
Baghdad – Istanbul 2 weekly
Baghdad – Mashhad 2 weekly
Baghdad – Minsk 1 weekly
Baghdad – Najaf 4 weekly
Baghdad – Sulaymaniyah 5 weekly
Baghdad – Tehran Imam Khomeini 2 weekly
Basra – Beirut 1 weekly
Basra – Cairo 1 weekly
Basra – Dubai 2 weekly
Erbil – Cairo 1 weekly
Erbil – Delhi 1 weekly
Erbil – Dubai 2 weekly
Erbil – Kyiv Borispil 1 weekly
Najaf – Beirut 2 weekly
Najaf – Karachi 2 weekly
Sulaymaniyah – Cairo 1 weekly
Sulaymaniyah – Dubai 1 weekly

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Iraq
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Iraq unless they are holding a negative PCR test certificate obtained with 48 hours prior to departure.
  • This does not apply to passengers travelling to the Kurdistan region in Iraq.
  • Passengers are advised to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate obtained within 48 hours prior to departure to the Kurdistan region in Iraq. Passengers not holding a negative test certificate will be subject to a PCR test on arrival.
  • Passengers travelling to the Kurdistan region in Iraq are advised to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate obtained within 48 hours prior to departure. Passengers not holding a negative test certificate will be subject to a PCR test on arrival.
  • Passengers must sign a pledge committing to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Kurdistan. Passengers who violate this pledge will be fined 1 million IQD, and if they are found to have infected others with Covid-19 they must fund their medical costs too, and will be accountable to the law.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Official delegations,
    • Business people,
    • Tourists on short trips who hold a negative PCR test result.
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Flight Restrictions

published 09.11.2020

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or during last 30 days have been in Iran
Passengers who have been in Iran in the past 30 days are not allowed to enter via Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU).

Entry restrictions
Passengers traveling to Baghdad (BGW) must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. The medical certificate must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years. They will be subject to a PCR test on arrival.

Passengers traveling to Basra (BSR) must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR or RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The medical certificate must be in Arabic or English.

Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) without a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival are subject to a test upon arrival at their own expense.The medical certificate must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
– Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests issued by the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom are not accepted.

Passengers traveling to Sulaymaniyah (ISU) without a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival are subject to a test upon arrival at their own expense.The medical certificate must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU) must complete a “Pledge Form” upon arrival.

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Quarantine

published 09.11.2020

Forced isolation
Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

WFP staff arriving in country are required to bring a medical certificate to prove they are clear of COVID-19 and should self-isolate for two weeks.
Passengers on arrival must produce a negative COVID-19 test report obtained 72 hours prior to their flight. Otherwise, the traveller will be tested for COVID-19 at their own cost on arrival and will have to wait in isolation for 48 hours. If found positive, they will be transferred to a COVID-19 clinic.
For the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), any traveller arriving through the air and land border in this region must show a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours. Without the report, the traveller will be required to undergo the test at their own cost and wait in home isolation for 48 hours. If found positive, the travellers will be sent to COVID-19 clinics.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2018)
Limited malaria risk due exclusively to P. vivax may exist from May through November in areas in the north
below 1500 m (Duhok, Erbil and Sulaimaniya provinces). No indigenous cases have been reported since 2009.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: none

Other country requirement(s) (2018)
Polio vaccination is required for all travellers arriving from polio-endemic areas and for travellers from Iraq
going to polio-endemic countries.

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Full Restrictions

  • Iraq Flights between Iraq-Turkey suspended because of rising COVID-19 infections (Reuters, 02.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Iraq. All Iraqi airports are open. All inbound/outbound international passengers will need to have a certificate showing they have tested negative for COVID-19. Check with your airline for further information. Passengers on arrival must produce a negative COVID-19 test report obtained 72 hours prior to their flight. Otherwise, the traveller will be tested for COVID-19 at their own cost on arrival and will have to wait in isolation for 48 hours. If found positive, they will be transferred to a COVID-19 clinic. Transiting passengers will need a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours prior to departure. All people entering Iraq are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine and may be asked to provide proof of a hotel booking for quarantine purposes. Travellers arriving to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) must sign a pledge of accepting quarantine measures. A violation can lead to a fine of up to one million Iraqi dinars (approx 850 USD).
    The Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the Iraqi authorities. You may be required to quarantine on arrival. You should follow local authority instructions.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is subject to strict travel restrictions between provinces which are often introduced at short notice. These are published through local media and on [www.moi.gov.krd] You should keep up to date with information from your sponsor or employer in Iraq and/or with your airline on the impact of any existing travel plans. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Iraqi Embassy.

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    27.08.2020
  • Iraq Flights between Iraq-Turkey suspended because of rising COVID-19 infections (Reuters, 02.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority reopened airports across federal Iraq from 23 July 2020 for all international flights. Erbil Airport opened from 2 August. A suspension of commercial flights remains in force in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq until 1 August 2020. The Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. A temporary ban is in effect for inward travel from several countries affected by the coronavirus.
    Border crossing points with Kuwait and Iran have been re-opened for commercial exchange. Authorities have banned the entry of nationals from Bahrain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and Qatar. Most border crossings with neighbouring countries remain closed but open intermittently to allow the return of Iraqi nationals. For the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), any traveller arriving through the air and land border in this region must show a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours. Without the report, the traveller will be required to undergo the test at their own cost and wait in home isolation for 48 hours. If found positive, the travellers will be sent to COVID-19 clinics.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Currently, a nationwide curfew is in place overnight from 21:30 to 06:00 on Sundays through Wednesdays inclusive until 15 August. A full curfew is in place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is subject to strict travel restrictions between provinces which are often introduced at short notice. These are published through local media and on [www.moi.gov.krd].
    Parks, restaurants, cafes, sports centers, cinema halls, shopping malls, private teaching institutes, and swimming pools remain closed. Most educational institutes will remain closed until further notice. The use of face masks is compulsory for all people in public places. Travel between governorates is banned.

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    11.08.2020
  • Iraq Flights between Iraq-Turkey suspended because of rising COVID-19 infections (Reuters, 02.08.2020)

    The Iraqi government is imposing an 11-day full curfew during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday. The curfew would run from July 30 to Aug. 9. (Arab News, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority reopened airports across federal Iraq from 23 July 2020 for all international flights. Erbil Airport opens from 2 August. A suspension of commercial flights remains in force in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq until 1 August 2020. The Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. A temporary ban is in effect for inward travel from several countries affected by the coronavirus.
    Border crossing points with Kuwait and Iran have been re-opened for commercial exchange. Authorities have banned the entry of nationals from Bahrain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and Qatar. Most border crossings with neighbouring countries remain closed but open intermittently to allow the return of Iraqi nationals. For the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), any traveller arriving through the air and land border in this region must show a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours. Without the report, the traveller will be required to undergo the test at their own cost and wait in home isolation for 48 hours. If found positive, the travellers will be sent to COVID-19 clinics.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A lockdown across federal Iraq (except for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) will be in force from 30 July to 9 August 2020 to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Currently, a curfew is in place overnight from 21:30 to 06:00 on Sundays through Wednesdays inclusive. A full curfew is in place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is subject to strict travel restrictions between provinces which are often introduced at short notice. These are published through local media and on [www.moi.gov.krd].
    Parks, restaurants, cafes, sports centers, cinema halls, shopping malls, private teaching institutes, and swimming pools remain closed. Most educational institutes will remain closed until further notice. The use of face masks is compulsory for all people in public places. Travel between governorates is banned.

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    01.08.2020
  • Iraq The Iraqi government is imposing an 11-day full curfew during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday. The curfew would run from July 30 to Aug. 9. (Arab News, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority reopened airports across federal Iraq from 23 July 2020 for all international flights. Erbil Airport opens from 2 August. A suspension of commercial flights remains in force in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq until 1 August 2020. The Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. A temporary ban is in effect for inward travel from several countries affected by the coronavirus.
    Border crossing points with Kuwait and Iran have been re-opened for commercial exchange. Authorities have banned the entry of nationals from Bahrain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and Qatar. Most border crossings with neighbouring countries remain closed but open intermittently to allow the return of Iraqi nationals. For the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), any traveller arriving through the air and land border in this region must show a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours. Without the report, the traveller will be required to undergo the test at their own cost and wait in home isolation for 48 hours. If found positive, the travellers will be sent to COVID-19 clinics.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A lockdown across federal Iraq (except for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) will be in force from 30 July to 9 August 2020 to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Currently, a curfew is in place overnight from 21:30 to 06:00 on Sundays through Wednesdays inclusive. A full curfew is in place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is subject to strict travel restrictions between provinces which are often introduced at short notice. These are published through local media and on [www.moi.gov.krd]
    Parks, restaurants, cafes, sports centers, cinema halls, shopping malls, private teaching institutes, and swimming pools remain closed. Most educational institutes will remain closed until further notice. The use of face masks is compulsory for all people in public places. Travel between governorates is banned.

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    30.07.2020
  • Iraq The Iraqi government is imposing an 11-day full curfew during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday. The curfew would run from July 30 to Aug. 9. (Arab News, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority reopened airports across federal Iraq from 23 July 2020 for all international flights. A suspension of commercial flights remains in force in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq until 1 August 2020. The Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. A temporary ban is in effect for inward travel from several countries affected by the coronavirus.
    Border crossing points with Kuwait and Iran have been re-opened for commercial exchange. Authorities have banned the entry of nationals from Bahrain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and Qatar. Most border crossings with neighbouring countries remain closed but open intermittently to allow the return of Iraqi nationals. For the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), any traveller arriving through the air and land border in this region must show a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours. Without the report, the traveller will be required to undergo the test at their own cost and wait in home isolation for 48 hours. If found positive, the travellers will be sent to COVID-19 clinics.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A lockdown across federal Iraq (except for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) will be in force from 30 July to 9 August 2020 to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Currently, a curfew is in place overnight from 21:30 to 06:00 on Sundays through Wednesdays inclusive. A full curfew is in place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is subject to strict travel restrictions between provinces which are often introduced at short notice. These are published through local media and on [www.moi.gov.krd]
    Parks, restaurants, cafes, sports centers, cinema halls, shopping malls, private teaching institutes, and swimming pools remain closed. Most educational institutes will remain closed until further notice. The use of face masks is compulsory for all people in public places. Travel between governorates is banned.

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    29.07.2020
  • Iraq The Iraqi government is imposing an 11-day full curfew during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday. The curfew would run from July 30 to Aug. 9. (Arab News, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority have suspended all flights in the country including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with the exception of cargo flights and aircraft crossing Iraqi airspace. The Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
    A temporary ban is in effect for inward travel from several countries affected by the coronavirus.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A government curfew is in place in Baghdad to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s regional government have also declared a lockdown across all governorates (Erbil, Sulaymaniyah,Dohuk and Halabja).
    Restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing rules remain in place. Government departments are permitted to resume working, but with minimum staffing. Schools, universities, restaurants, cafes, and malls will remain closed, but shops and factories may resume business within curfew hours. As of April 19, travel between all Iraqi provinces continues to be banned. As of March 13, the GOI bans entry to citizens of China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, France, Spain, Qatar, Germany, and Nigeria. The ban also applies to travelers arriving from these countries, irrespective of citizenship or residency. Diplomats, official delegations, and Iraqi nationals are exempted from the ban. As of February 25, the GOI closed the following border crossings: Bashmakh, Haji Omaran, Parwezkhan, Munthiriya, Summar, and Safawan. The Shalamija, Shib, and Zurbatya border crossings are open only to Iraqi citizens.

    *****Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR): Movement between provinces and governates within the IKR is prohibited. Movements by security vehicles and ambulances will be permitted. Permission for necessary movements between provinces can be requested from the KRG Ministry of Interior via the Ministry’s website. Travelers arriving at Erbil International Airport or at land border crossings should possess a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 48 hours old. Travelers without a COVID-19 result will be tested at their cost. Arriving travelers must sign a pledge to quarantine for a duration and in a location of the government’s choosing. All shops and businesses with the exception of pharmacies will be closed between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Restaurants are open for dine-in or take-out. Cafes, tea shops, and refreshment shops should use only disposable containers. Religious venues remain closed and funeral gatherings are prohibited. Event halls, wedding halls, bars, and night clubs are closed. Government offices are open with reduced staffing Sunday through Wednesday. Clinics are open with special instructions from the Ministry of Health. Local authorities within provinces and governates may impose additional restrictions based on local conditions. Scheduled flights at the Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport are suspended through July 22, 2020. All border crossings are closed to visitors. As the situation is changing rapidly, all travelers entering the Kurdistan region, regardless of previous travel, should be aware they could be subject to screening and restrictions upon arrival at the direction of the regional health department, including being quarantined at a facility and for a duration mandated by the regional health department.

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    27.07.2020
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    International restrictions:

    The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority have suspended all flights in the country including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with the exception of cargo flights and aircraft crossing Iraqi airspace. The Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
    A temporary ban is in effect for inward travel from several countries affected by the coronavirus.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A government curfew is in place in Baghdad to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s regional government have also declared a lockdown across all governorates (Erbil, Sulaymaniyah,Dohuk and Halabja).
    Restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing rules remain in place. Government departments are permitted to resume working, but with minimum staffing. Schools, universities, restaurants, cafes, and malls will remain closed, but shops and factories may resume business within curfew hours. As of April 19, travel between all Iraqi provinces continues to be banned. As of March 13, the GOI bans entry to citizens of China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, France, Spain, Qatar, Germany, and Nigeria. The ban also applies to travelers arriving from these countries, irrespective of citizenship or residency. Diplomats, official delegations, and Iraqi nationals are exempted from the ban. As of February 25, the GOI closed the following border crossings: Bashmakh, Haji Omaran, Parwezkhan, Munthiriya, Summar, and Safawan. The Shalamija, Shib, and Zurbatya border crossings are open only to Iraqi citizens.

    *****Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR): Movement between provinces and governates within the IKR is prohibited. Movements by security vehicles and ambulances will be permitted. Permission for necessary movements between provinces can be requested from the KRG Ministry of Interior via the Ministry’s website. Travelers arriving at Erbil International Airport or at land border crossings should possess a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 48 hours old. Travelers without a COVID-19 result will be tested at their cost. Arriving travelers must sign a pledge to quarantine for a duration and in a location of the government’s choosing. All shops and businesses with the exception of pharmacies will be closed between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Restaurants are open for dine-in or take-out. Cafes, tea shops, and refreshment shops should use only disposable containers. Religious venues remain closed and funeral gatherings are prohibited. Event halls, wedding halls, bars, and night clubs are closed. Government offices are open with reduced staffing Sunday through Wednesday. Clinics are open with special instructions from the Ministry of Health. Local authorities within provinces and governates may impose additional restrictions based on local conditions. Scheduled flights at the Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport are suspended through July 22, 2020. All border crossings are closed to visitors. As the situation is changing rapidly, all travelers entering the Kurdistan region, regardless of previous travel, should be aware they could be subject to screening and restrictions upon arrival at the direction of the regional health department, including being quarantined at a facility and for a duration mandated by the regional health department.

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    20.07.2020
  • Iraq International Travel
    Suspension of domestic and international flights extended until 22 July
    Commercial flights to Beirut, Lebanon, resumed on 2 July
    Cargo and emergency flights are unrestricted
    All travelers are required to undergo a 14day quarantine

    National Measures
    Erbil authorities extended COVID-19 restrictions until 18 July; establisments are banned to operate between 0000 to 0500 (local time)
    Al Qadisiyah governorate imposed a curfew between 1800 to 0500 (local time).
    Social gatherings and religious congregations are prohibited
    Baghdad, Basra and Mosul under partial curfew 17:00 to 06:00 on weekdays and 24 hour on weekends
    Natinwide curfew in place between 0600 Thursday until 0500 Sunday, until further notice
    Only vital sector workers are allowed to leave homes during curfew hours
    Schools, restaurants and commercial centers are closed

    PPE
    Wearing face masks are mandatory

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    16.07.2020
  • Iraq Iraqi civil aviation authorities announce extension of ban on regular flights until 15 July (Xinhua, 02.07.2020). Iraqi Airways will resume commercial flights between Baghdad and Beirut airports starting July 2. (Xinhua Net, 02.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority on Wednesday announced the extension of the ban on regular flights in the country until July 15, with the exception of cargo, emergency, humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights. 01 July will also see scheduled flights to Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport. Those arriving in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will be subject to a period of 30 day quarantine. Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
    As of February 25, the GOI closed the following border crossings: Bashmakh, Haji Omaran, Parwezkhan, Munthiriya, Summar, and Safawan. The Shalamija, Shib, and Zurbatya border crossings are open only to Iraqi citizens.
    As of March 13, the GOI bans entry to citizens of China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, France, Spain, Qatar, Germany, and Nigeria. The ban also applies to travelers arriving from these countries, irrespective of citizenship or residency. Diplomats, official delegations, and Iraqi nationals are exempted from the ban.
    As of 07 Jul 2020, the Government of Iraq has stated that all non-Diplomatic and non- UNLP holders are required to be in possession of an Approval Letter from Crises and Health Office in Baghdad. This letter can be obtained through written request, be a user’s organisation, to the Iraq MoFA – email address: prodep@mofa.gov.iq. Please ensure that a scanned copy of a user’s passport and any visas are attached when requesting the aforementioned Approval Letter. Passengers not in possession of such approval letter will not be allowed by authorities to embark/disembark the plane.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A government curfew is in place in Baghdad to slow the spread of coronavirus,the curfew is from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and a full curfew on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 1 July. Restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing rules remain in place. Government departments are permitted to resume working, but with minimum staffing. Schools, universities, restaurants, cafes, and malls will remain closed, but shops and factories may resume business within curfew hours. As of April 19, travel between all Iraqi provinces continues to be banned.
    *****Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR): Movement between provinces and governates within the IKR is prohibited until 1July. Movements by security vehicles and ambulances will be permitted. Permission for necessary movements between provinces can be requested from the KRG Ministry of Interior via the Ministry’s website after 1 July. All businesses and public services in the IKR will be closed from midnight to 6:00 am. Local authorities within provinces and governates may impose additional restrictions based on local conditions. Scheduled flights at the Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport are suspended through 1 July, 2020. Visitors are encouraged to check with the government office to confirm guidelines and restrictions on operations. All border crossings are closed to visitors until 1 July 1. Returning IKR residents can request permission from regional officials to return after 1 July. As the situation is changing rapidly, all travelers entering the Kurdistan region, regardless of previous travel, should be aware they could be subject to screening and restrictions upon arrival at the direction of the regional health department, including being quarantined at a facility and for a duration mandated by the regional health department.

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    09.07.2020
  • Iraq Iraqi civil aviation authorities announce extension of ban on regular flights until 15 July (Xinhua, 02.07.2020). Iraqi Airways will resume commercial flights between Baghdad and Beirut airports starting July 2. (Xinhua Net, 02.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority on Wednesday announced the extension of the ban on regular flights in the country until July 15, with the exception of cargo, emergency, humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights. 01 July will also see scheduled flights to Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport. Those arriving in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will be subject to a period of 30 day quarantine. Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
    As of February 25, the GOI closed the following border crossings: Bashmakh, Haji Omaran, Parwezkhan, Munthiriya, Summar, and Safawan. The Shalamija, Shib, and Zurbatya border crossings are open only to Iraqi citizens.
    As of March 13, the GOI bans entry to citizens of China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, France, Spain, Qatar, Germany, and Nigeria. The ban also applies to travelers arriving from these countries, irrespective of citizenship or residency. Diplomats, official delegations, and Iraqi nationals are exempted from the ban.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A government curfew is in place in Baghdad to slow the spread of coronavirus,the curfew is from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and a full curfew on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 1 July. Restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing rules remain in place. Government departments are permitted to resume working, but with minimum staffing. Schools, universities, restaurants, cafes, and malls will remain closed, but shops and factories may resume business within curfew hours. As of April 19, travel between all Iraqi provinces continues to be banned.
    *****Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR): Movement between provinces and governates within the IKR is prohibited until 1July. Movements by security vehicles and ambulances will be permitted. Permission for necessary movements between provinces can be requested from the KRG Ministry of Interior via the Ministry’s website after 1 July. All businesses and public services in the IKR will be closed from midnight to 6:00 am. Local authorities within provinces and governates may impose additional restrictions based on local conditions. Scheduled flights at the Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport are suspended through 1 July, 2020. Visitors are encouraged to check with the government office to confirm guidelines and restrictions on operations. All border crossings are closed to visitors until 1 July 1. Returning IKR residents can request permission from regional officials to return after 1 July. As the situation is changing rapidly, all travelers entering the Kurdistan region, regardless of previous travel, should be aware they could be subject to screening and restrictions upon arrival at the direction of the regional health department, including being quarantined at a facility and for a duration mandated by the regional health department.

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    02.07.2020
  • Iraq Iraq has suspended all flights except red cross, humanitarian, Medevac, repatriation, emergency and military flights.

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    International restrictions:

    On June 20, the Government of Iraq extended the suspension on all scheduled flights to and from Iraq to 1 July 2020, with the exception of cargo, emergency, humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights. 01 July will also see scheduled flights to Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport. Those arriving in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will be subject to a period of 30 day quarantine. Iraqi CAA have medical teams deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries when flights are in operation. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
    As of February 25, the GOI closed the following border crossings: Bashmakh, Haji Omaran, Parwezkhan, Munthiriya, Summar, and Safawan. The Shalamija, Shib, and Zurbatya border crossings are open only to Iraqi citizens.
    As of March 13, the GOI bans entry to citizens of China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, France, Spain, Qatar, Germany, and Nigeria. The ban also applies to travelers arriving from these countries, irrespective of citizenship or residency. Diplomats, official delegations, and Iraqi nationals are exempted from the ban.

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    28.06.2020
  • Iraq Iraq has suspended all flights except red cross, humanitarian, Medevac, repatriation, emergency and military flights.

    Flights to Iraq are suspended until 1 July 2020.
    – This does not apply to emergency, humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.

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    International restrictions:

    All airports across both Federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region will be closed to commercial passenger flights until at least 1 June, subject to an additional extension. The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait is closed. Three border crossings with Iran remain open only to bring back Kurd citizens from Iran. The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (KR) with Turkey is closed for travel. WFP staff arriving in country are required to bring a medical certificate to prove they are clear of COVID-19 and should self-isolate for two weeks.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Federal Iraq:
    The nightly curfew timing has changed to 17.00-05.00, applicable to weekends as well, in place until further notice. A 24-hour curfew will be enforced during the Eid el-Fitr holiday from 22 to 30 May.
    All individuals are required to wear face masks when outside of their homes, or will face legal consequence.
    Interprovincial movement is restricted to only emergency situations, civil servants and business trips. Intraprovincial movements are also restricted in areas under curfew.
    The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait is closed. Three border crossings with Iran remain open only to bring back Kurd citizens from Iran. The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (KR) with Turkey is closed for travel, after Turkey banning all travel to Iraq.
    Kurdistan Region (KR):
    A 24-hour full lockdown will be in place for the Eid el-Fitr holiday, which will be in effect from 5:00 p.m. on May 21 through 5:00 a.m. on May 31. No traffic will be allowed except security and medical services. Only pharmacies can operate during the full lockdown.
    All non-essential overland movement between cities within the KR and between the KR and federal Iraq will be subject to special approval of the Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response. However, during the three-day lockdown in the Eid holiday, no movement between KR and federal Iraq, as well as inter-provincial movement within KR will be allowed.
    All border crossings, including those previously open for residents to return, are closed until 1 June.

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    22.06.2020
  • Iraq Iraq has suspended all flights except red cross, humanitarian, Medevac, repatriation, emergency and military flights.

    International restrictions:

    All airports across both Federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region will be closed to commercial passenger flights until at least 1 June, subject to an additional extension. The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait is closed. Three border crossings with Iran remain open only to bring back Kurd citizens from Iran. The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (KR) with Turkey is closed for travel.

    Internal restrictions:

    Federal Iraq: The nightly curfew timing has changed to 17.00-05.00, applicable to weekends as well, in place until further notice. A 24-hour curfew will be enforced during the Eid el-Fitr holiday from 22 to 30 May. All individuals are required to wear face masks when outside of their homes, or will face legal consequence. Interprovincial movement is restricted to only emergency situations, civil servants and business trips. Intraprovincial movements are also restricted in areas under curfew. The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait is closed. Three border crossings with Iran remain open only to bring back Kurd citizens from Iran. The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (KR) with Turkey is closed for travel, after Turkey banning all travel to Iraq. Kurdistan Region (KR): A 24-hour full lockdown will be in place for the Eid el-Fitr holiday, which will be in effect from 5:00 p.m. on May 21 through 5:00 a.m. on May 31. No traffic will be allowed except security and medical services. Only pharmacies can operate during the full lockdown. All non-essential overland movement between cities within the KR and between the KR and federal Iraq will be subject to special approval of the Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response. However, during the three-day lockdown in the Eid holiday, no movement between KR and federal Iraq, as well as inter-provincial movement within KR will be allowed. All border crossings, including those previously open for residents to return, are closed until 1 June.

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    27.05.2020
  • Iraq

    International restrictions:

    All airports across both Federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region will be closed to commercial passenger flights until at least 1 June, subject to an additional extension.

    Internal restrictions:

    Federal Iraq The nightly curfew timing has changed to 17.00-05.00, applicable to weekends as well, in place until further notice. A 24-hour curfew will be enforced during the Eid el-Fitr holiday from 22 to 30 May. All individuals are required to wear face masks when outside of their homes, or will face legal consequence. Interprovincial movement is restricted to only emergency situations, civil servants and business trips. Intraprovincial movements are also restricted in areas under curfew. The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait is closed. Three border crossings with Iran remain open only to bring back Kurd citizens from Iran. The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (KR) with Turkey is closed for travel, after Turkey banning all travel to Iraq. Kurdistan Region (KR) A 24-hour full lockdown will be in place for the Eid el-Fitr holiday, either on 23 or 24 May, for three days. No traffic will be allowed except security and medical services. Only pharmacies can operate during the full lockdown. All non-essential overland movement between cities within the KR and between the KR and federal Iraq will be subject to special approval of the Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response. However, during the three-day lockdown in the Eid holiday, no movement between KR and federal Iraq, as well as inter-provincial movement within KR will be allowed. All border crossings, including those previously open for residents to return, are closed until 1 June.

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    19.05.2020
  • Iraq Flights to Iraq are suspended. – This does not apply to red cross, humanitarian, Medevac, repatriation, emergency and military flights.

    International restrictions:

    All airports across both Federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region will be closed to commercial passenger flights until at least 22 May, subject to an additional extension.

    Internal restrictions:

    Federal Iraq: The nightly curfew timing has changed to 17.00-05.00, applicable to weekends as well, in place until further notice. A 24-hour curfew will be enforced during the Eid el-Fitr holiday from 22 to 30 May. All individuals are required to wear face masks when outside of their homes, or will face legal consequence. Interprovincial movement is restricted to only emergency situations, civil servants and business trips. Intraprovincial movements are also restricted in areas under curfew. The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait is closed. Three border crossings with Iran remain open only to bring back Kurd citizens from Iran. The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (KR) with Turkey is closed for travel, after Turkey banning all travel to Iraq. Kurdistan Region (KR) The nightly curfew has expired on 11 May, but movement among provinces remains prohibited unless with prior permission. Government offices and mosques will open again on 11 May. All non-essential overland movement between cities within the KR and between the KR and federal Iraq will be subject to special approval of the Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response. Border crossing remains closed except for Ibrahim Khalil (with Turkey), Haji Omaran, and Bashmakh (both with Iran), allowing citizens to return from Turkey and Iran. Foreign nationals with residency in the KR will also be allowed to return, given that they have a special letter issued by the Kurdistan regional government.

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    18.05.2020
  • Iraq Flights to Iraq are suspended. – This does not apply to red cross, humanitarian, Medevac, repatriation, emergency and military flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    Federal Iraq The nightly curfew timing has changed to 17.00-05.00, applicable to weekends as well, in place until further notice. A 24-hour curfew will be enforced during the Eid el-Fitr holiday (likely to begin on 23 May). All individuals are required to wear face masks when outside of their homes, or will face legal consequence. Interprovincial movement is restricted to only emergency situations, civil servants and business trips. Intraprovincial movements are also restricted in areas under curfew. The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait is closed. Three border crossings with Iran remain open only to bring back Kurd citizens from Iran. The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (KR) with Turkey is closed for travel, after Turkey banning all travel to Iraq. Kurdistan Region (KR) The nightly curfew has expired on 11 May, but movement among provinces remains prohibited unless with prior permission. Government offices and mosques will open again on 11 May. All non-essential overland movement between cities within the KR and between the KR and federal Iraq will be subject to special approval of the Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response. Border crossing remains closed except for Ibrahim Khalil (with Turkey), Haji Omaran, and Bashmakh (both with Iran), allowing citizens to return from Turkey and Iran. Foreign nationals with residency in the KR will also be allowed to return, given that they have a special letter issued by the Kurdistan regional government.

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    12.05.2020
  • Iraq Flights to Iraq are suspended.
    – This does not apply to red cross, humanitarian, Medevac, repatriation, emergency and military flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    Federal Iraq:
    A partial curfew is in effect from 19.00 to 06.00 until 22 May, with a 24-hour curfew on Fridays and Saturdays and will continue until the end of Ramadan. Some provinces have imposed their own curfews; Barsa for example has a 24-hour curfew in place until 7 May.
    All individuals are required to wear masks when outside of their homes, or will face legal consequence.
    Interprovincial movement is restricted to only emergency situations, civil servants and business trips. Intraprovincial movements are also restricted in areas under curfew.
    The authorities have banned the entry of travellers from Bahrain, China, France, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey or Thailand. The entry ban is for travellers coming directly or indirectly from those countries but exempts Iraqi nationals, diplomats and official delegations. Iraqi nationals and residents who have visited these locations in the last 14 days prior to arrival will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait is closed. Three border crossings with Iran remain open only to bring back Kurd citizens from Iran. The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (KR) with Turkey is closed for travel, after Turkey banning all travel to Iraq.
    Kurdistan Region (KR):
    An indefinite nightly curfew is in place in the Kurdistan Region (KR) between 19.00 to 00.01 (all times local) until 10 May.
    The authorities have also specified the operating time for some essential services and movement including that food stores can operate between 08.00 (all local time) to 18.00 while workers in the food sector can travel between 05.00 and 07.00 and between 18.00 and 19.00. Meanwhile, pharmacies remain open. Though diplomats, UN staff, airport workers, security forces and workers at the bordering crossings and prisons are allowed to travel if they are on-duty, all government offices remain closed until at least 2 May.
    In the regional capital Erbil, the neighbourhoods of Altun City, Badawa 94, Chinar, Gulan 124, Kani Gali, Karezan, Mamostayan, Sheikh Ahmed, Zilan City, Zhian and Zanko are now under quarantine.
    Farmers and poultry workers are allowed to travel outside of cities between 01.00 to 06.00 (both local time) for work.
    All non-essential overland movement between cities within the KR and between the KR and federal Iraq will be subject to special approval of the Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response.

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    10.05.2020
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