Current travel advisories for Iraq

Last Update: Monday, 15. July 2019 at 07:22

It is not safe to travel Iraq.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 4.6 / 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: 3.1 / 5

Iraq shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.1 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Syria (5.0), Iran (3.3), Turkey (3.1), Saudi Arabia (2.5), Jordan with (2.4) and Kuwait with (2.4 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 with concerns for their safety are strongly advised to depart immediately.

Danger level: 5

Do not travel / Extreme Risk.

Maltese government

https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Due to a very volatile, dangerous and unpredictable security situation, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all travel to: 

Danger level: 4

Avoid all travel to certain areas.

Australian government

http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/middle-east/Pages/iraq.aspx

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
We've reviewed the travel advice for Iraq and included new information under 'Safety and Security'. We haven't changed the level – Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. On 15 May 2019 the US State Department ordered the departure of non-emergency US Government employees from Iraq, both at the US Embassy in Baghdad and the US Consulate in Erbil.

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:
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 may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad. The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq is extremely limited. On May 15, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil; normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts. On October 18, 2018, the Department of State ordered the temporary suspension of operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. The American Citizens Services (ACS) Section at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad will continue to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Basrah. 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.

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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Country 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.