Current travel advisories for Iraq

Last Update: Tuesday, 29. September 2020 at 07:18

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: 4.0 / 5

Iraq shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 4.0 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Syria (5.0), Iran (4.6), Turkey (3.8), Kuwait (3.7), Jordan with (3.6) and Saudi Arabia with (3.4 of 5). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports 349,450 cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

There are 8,990 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, lockdowns and curfews. International flights have resumed at reduced capacity, but these can be postponed or cancelled at short notice. If you're travelling to Iraq despite our advice or making departure plans, you must carry a negative COVID-19 certificate issued within 72 hours of scheduled travel. Due to volatile security environment and the ongoing threat of kidnappings, we advise you to leave Iraq as soon as you are able to do so. If you're staying in Iraq, be alert and check media for updates on new threats. We advise: 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 COVID-19, terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Iraq due to COVID-19.  Travelers to Iraq may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Iraq due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Iraq.  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 and coalition 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.  U.S. Embassy 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 due to security conditions and restricted travel options as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The January 1, 2020 suspension of the Embassy Baghdad public consular services remains in effect until further notice, as a result of damage done by Iranian-backed terrorist attacks on the Embassy compound. Due to security concerns, U.S. Embassy personnel in Baghdad have been instructed not to use Baghdad International Airport.  Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center: On March 25, 2020, the Department of State ordered the departure of designated U.S. Government employees from the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center due to security conditions and restricted travel options as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Consulate General Erbil: U.S. Consulate General Erbil remains open and continues to provide consular services. U.S. Consulate General Basrah: 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. 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 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 och kan försämras snabbt, också i den i allmänhet lugnare autonoma 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 anlitar privata säkerhetsföretags tjänster och skydd om du besöker i Irak.

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 4.0 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Syria (5.0), Iran (4.6), Turkey (3.8), Kuwait (3.7), Jordan with (3.6) and Saudi Arabia with (3.4 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!