Current travel advisories for Iraq

Last Update: Sunday, 29. March 2020 at 07:21

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: 3.7 / 5

Iraq shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.7 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Syria (5.0), Iran (4.7), Jordan (3.3), Turkey (3.3), Saudi Arabia with (3.1) and Kuwait with (3.0 of 5). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports 506 cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

There are 42 reported deaths associated with the disease in Iraq.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu


Single advisories / travel warnings

German government

Quelle: 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.

Australian government

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

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Iraq has implemented a range of measures in response to COVID-19, including travel restrictions, border closures and curfews. Flight suspensions will reduce opportunities to depart. Monitor the media for information on latest developments and follow the advice of local authorities on COVID-19. With the volatile security environment and the ongoing threat of kidnappings, we advise you to leave Iraq if it is safe to do so. If you are in Iraq despite our advice, be alert and check media for updates on new threats. 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

Quelle: 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, armed conflict, the Global Health Advisory, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens. 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 March 25, 2020, the Department of State ordered the departure of designated U.S. government employees from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the Baghdad Diplomatic support Center, and the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil due to security conditions and restricted travel options as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

Quelle: 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

Quelle: 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

Quelle: 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

Quelle: 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

Quelle: 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. Additional Disclaimer: Since the evaluation is an automated process, it can only provide first steps for your own research. Please make sure to consult the sources.


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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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Frequently asked questions

This section gives some brief answers to common questions regarding travel safety in Iraq.

Is Iraq safe to travel in 2020?

We got distinct notes that traveling Iraq isn't safe right now. The risk index is at 4.7 out of 5 possible points. We advise against travel.

How many countries have issued advisories for Iraq?

We currently know of 9 countries having issued advisories for Iraq.

What countries does Iraq share land borders with?

Iraq shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.7 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Syria (5.0), Iran (4.7), Jordan (3.3), Turkey (3.3), Saudi Arabia with (3.1) and Kuwait with (3.0 of 5). See danger map of the region.


Note of the displayed travel advisories
These travel 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 is a first indicator. Additional remark: the websites address does not endorse the situation of a 'Reisewarnung' (with its name). Often, it's just formal notifications by other countries. These can be the reason a country reaches scores of aorund 2.0 and still be a generally safe country to visit. Lower risk grades are usually no sign of a immanent threat!