Current travel advisories for Iraq

Last Update: Saturday, 18. January 2020 at 07:22

It is not safe to travel Iraq.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 4.7 / 5

Iraq is a country in Asia (Western Asia) with around 29 million citizens and a land mass of 437,072 km². We detected travel advisories from 9 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 3.2 / 5

Iraq shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.2 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Syria (5.0), Iran (4.0), Turkey (2.8), Saudi Arabia (2.6), Jordan with (2.5) and Kuwait with (2.2 of 5). See danger map of the region.


Single advisories / travel warnings

German government

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/iraksicherheit/202738

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Irak: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Danger level: 3

Regional Travel Warning.

New Zealand government

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/iraq

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Do not travel to Iraq including the Kurdistan region, (except Erbil and Sulimaniyah cities) due to the volatile and unpredictable security situation, the ongoing threat of terrorism, violent extremism and organised crime. New Zealanders currently in Iraq despite our advice who have concerns for their safety are strongly advised to depart as soon as possible.

Danger level: 5

Do not travel / Extreme Risk.

Australian government

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/middle-east/iraq

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
If it is safe to do so, you should leave Iraq as soon as possible. If you are in Iraq despite our advice, check media for updates on new safety or security threats. The level of our advice has not changed. Do not travel to Iraq. On 3 January, a US airstrike near the Baghdad International Airport killed an Iranian senior commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders. The security situation could worsen with little warning. We haven't changed our level of advice: Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, due to the volatile security situation and very high risk of violence, armed conflict, kidnapping and terrorist attack.  

Danger level: 5

Do not travel.

US American government

http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/iraq-travel-advisory.html

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Iraq on January 11, 2020.  The Department continues to advise travelers not to travel to Iraq.  This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on January 3, 2020. Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict. U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad. On December 31, 2019, the Embassy suspended public consular services, until further notice, as a result of damage done by Iranian-backed terrorist attacks on the Embassy compound.  U.S. Consulate General Erbil remains open and continues to provide consular services.  On October 18, 2018, the Department of State ordered the suspension of operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah.  That institution has not reopened.  Due to security concerns, U.S. Embassy personnel in Baghdad have been instructed not to use Baghdad International Airport. U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to Syria to engage in armed conflict, where they would face extreme personal risks (kidnapping, injury, or death) and legal risks (arrest, fines, and expulsion). The Kurdistan Regional Government stated that it will impose prison sentences of up to ten years on individuals who illegally cross the border. Additionally, fighting on behalf of, or supporting designated terrorist organizations, is a crime that can result in penalties, including prison time and large fines in the United States. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Iraq, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Danger level: 5

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Austrian government

https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/irak/

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Austrian Government advises again travelling Irak.

Danger level: 5

Travel Warning.

Canadian government

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/iraq

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid all travel.

Danger level: 5

Avoid all travel.

Cypriot government

http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/travel_en.html

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Avoid travel completely

Danger level: 5

Avoid travel completely.

Irish government

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/iraq/

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Do not travel

Danger level: 5

Do not travel.

Finnish government

https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/IQ

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Undvik alla resor - Säkerhetsläget i Irak är fortfarande dåligt. Säkerhetsläget kan försämras snabbt, också i den i allmänhet lugnare regionen Kurdistan. Striderna mot terrororganisationen IS fortsätter. Risken för terrordåd är betydande i största delen av landet. För västerlänningar som befinner i Irak är risken stor att bli föremål för kidnappning. I landet förekommer också återkommande demonstrationer som kan bli våldsamma. Undvik stora folksamlingar. Vi rekommenderar starkt att du använder privata säkerhetsföretags tjänster och skydd.

Danger level: 5

Avoid Travelling..

If there is more than one advisory/message of a single government for a given country, it indicates regional differences in means of security for your personal health and well-being. Single messages can indicate specific regions to be safer or less safe as mentioned in the main advisory. In these cases it's advisable to consult your own governments information.


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Basic facts

Citizens
around 29 million
Covering landmass
437,072 km²
Electricity
230V - 50Hz
Currency
Dinar (IQD)
ISO 2-Letter Code
IQ
Phone prefix
+964
Top Level Domain
.iq
Mobile frequencies (MHz)
900

Airports in Iraq (extern)

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Note of the displayed travel advisories
These trabel advisories are automatically gathered. We use the RSS Feeds of the corresponding authorities of the single countries. In some cases, we analyse the website itself. Since the information originates from different countries and different countries have different understanding of danger and danger levels. Thus, the information displayed is an automized and normalized representation with no right to completeness and correctness. If a country is not shown, it doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. The information shown if a first indicator.