Current travel advisories for Iraq

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Last Update: Tuesday, 23. April 2024 at 08:18

It is not safe to travel Iraq.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 4.8 / 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 8 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 3.8 / 5

Iraq shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.8 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Syria (5.0), Iran (4.5), Turkey (3.5), Jordan (3.2), Kuwait with (3.2) and Saudi Arabia with (3.2 of 5). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports of no cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu


Single advisories / travel warnings

New Zealand government

Quelle: 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 due to the volatile and unpredictable security situation, the ongoing threat of terrorism, violent extremism and organised crime (level 4 of 4). 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.

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:
We continue to advise do not travel to Iraq. The security situation throughout Iraq remains volatile. Due to the security environment and the ongoing threat of kidnappings, you should leave Iraq immediately by commercial means, if it's safe to do so. If you're staying in Iraq, be alert and check media for updates on new threats (see 'Safety'). Large protests and political rallies occur regularly across Iraq. These can quickly turn violent. Avoid large public gatherings. If you're caught in an affected area, stay indoors. Follow the advice of local authorities or your security provider (see 'Civil unrest and political tension'). Due to the current security environment, and as a precaution, Australian government officials posted in Iraq have been directed not to travel outside the greater Baghdad region. An increased threat of military and terrorist attacks against Israel and Israeli interests across the region and ongoing military action in the Occupied Palestinian Territories could lead to increased tensions in other locations in the Middle East. Demonstration and protest activity may occur, and localised security situations could deteriorate with little notice. Avoid all demonstrations and protests. This may also result in airspace closures, flight cancellations and flight diversions and other travel disruptions. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, due to the volatile security situation and the threat of terrorism, armed conflict, kidnapping and violent crime.

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:
Updated to reflect the ordered departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and eligible family members. Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens. On October 20, 2023, the Department ordered the departure of eligible family members and non-emergency U.S. government personnel from U.S. Embassy Baghdad and U.S. Consulate General Erbil due to increased security threats against U.S. government personnel and interests. Country Summary: U.S. citizens in Iraq face high risks to their safety and security, including the potential for violence and kidnapping. Terrorist and insurgent groups regularly attack Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. militias threaten U.S. citizens and international companies throughout Iraq. Attacks using improvised explosive devices, indirect fire, and unmanned aerial vehicles occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad and other major cities. In an emergency, consular services to U.S. citizens in Iraq are limited due to severe restrictions on the movements of U.S. government personnel. Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently throughout the country.  These events can develop quickly without prior notice, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services, and sometimes turning violent. Do not travel near Iraq’s northern borders due to the continued threat of attacks by terrorist groups, armed conflict, aerial bombardment, and civil unrest.  U.S. citizens should especially avoid areas near armed groups in northern Iraq, which have been targeted with aerial strikes by neighboring countries’ militaries. U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to engage in armed conflict in Syria, where they would face extreme personal risks (kidnapping, injury, or death) and legal risks (arrest, fines, and expulsion). The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq has stated that it will impose prison sentences of up to ten years on individuals who illegally cross the Iraq-Syria border. Additionally, fighting on behalf of or supporting designated terrorist organizations is a crime under U.S. law that can result in prison sentences and large fines in the United States. Because of security concerns, U.S. government personnel in Baghdad are instructed not to use Baghdad International Airport. Due to risks to civil aviation operating in the Baghdad Flight Information Region, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended for an additional two years its Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) prohibiting certain flights at altitudes below 32,000 feet. For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions, and Notices. Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Iraq.

Danger level: 5

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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.

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. Ramadans slut och den spända relationen mellan Israel och Iran kan öka säkerhetsriskerna i stora delar av Mellanöstern. De irakiska säkerhetsstyrkorna har befriat landets territorium från terrororganisationen IS, men risken för terrorattacker kvarstår i hela 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 4.8 out of 5 possible points. We advise against travel.

How many countries have issued advisories for Iraq?

We currently know of 8 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 3.8 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Syria (5.0), Iran (4.5), Turkey (3.5), Jordan (3.2), Kuwait with (3.2) and Saudi Arabia with (3.2 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!