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    EXTREME MEDICAL RISK for Iraq
    EXTREME TRAVEL RISK for Iraq
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Kurdistan Region
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Southern provinces; Kurdistan Region border areas

Risk Summary

While normal travel can continue to the Kurdistan Region (KR), all travel to the de facto border with federal Iraq and travel to most other provinces (Anbar, Kirkuk, Nineveh, Diyala, and Salahaddin), should be avoided. Travel to the capital Baghdad itself and the southern governorates should be for business-critical purposes and requires professional security support to mitigate the risks present.

Transnational terrorist networks continue to be active in Iraq, despite the territorial defeat of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group in late 2017. Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) personnel and infrastructure and local civilians are generally the primary focus of militant attacks, but foreign personnel and assets also face significant incidental risks from suicide attacks, roadside bombings, shootings and kidnapping.

In Baghdad and the southern governorates, these risks can be effectively mitigated by stringent security precautions employed by travellers. Areas north, west and immediately south of the capital Baghdad are among the most acutely affected by Islamist extremist militancy and travel should be deferred.

Violent crime is widespread but most crime affects locals due to the security precautions implemented by foreign business travellers. Crime rates and militant attacks are considerably lower in the KR, as the Kurdish security forces are highly capable and remain able to secure the region effectively.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE


Vaccinations For Iraq
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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PolioA booster is recommended for all travellers.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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