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Iraq travel restrictions

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Flight Restrictions

published 02.07.2020
Flights to Iraq are suspended until 15 July 2020.
– This does not apply to emergency, humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.

Quarantine

Iraqi citizens who have been in China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, France, Spain, Qatar, Germany, and Nigeria in the past 14 days will be quarantined for 14 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions. 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.

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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  • 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)

    *****

    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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    [https://iq.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
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