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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


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): High -

Essential businesses operational but with significant disruption.

Healthcare systems under pressure, even in LOW and MEDIUM Medical risk-rated countries, likely delaying access to non-life threatening but urgent care. Existing security concerns may be increasingly exacerbated by the socio-economic pressures of COVID-19 on the systems and/or diversion of resources. Further reduced avenues of recourse for in-country medical/security issues especially in HIGH/EXTREME rated security environments, with knock-on impacts on operational sustainability.  Highly disruptive BCP mitigation actions in effect, such as temporary suspension of all but essential activities. 

RestrictionsInternal / DomesticRestrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
- Those travelling from federal Iraq into the KR may need to present a negative PCR test results obtained no more than 72 hours before entering the region. Check with your local contacts for latest information.
- Movement restrictions within the Kurdistan Region (KR) and movement restrictions between the KR and federal Iraq may have been lifted in accordance to public health guidelines.
(until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
- People must wear masks and observe social distancing in public places and while attending work.
- Masks must be worn in all vehicles (private, public and cargo).
• Schools
Schools and universities are closed until further notice.
• Gatherings
All gatherings are strictly prohibited.
• Entertainment venues
Event venues and cinemas remain closed.
• Other
- According to an announcement made on 9 April, the health ministry will close all private hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and pharmaceutical storage depots if employees are not carrying a vaccination card.
- Conferences, salons, parks, weddings, funerals, and religious congregations are prohibited/closed until further notice.
(until further notice)
Penalties
Those who violate these measures will face fines.
(until further notice)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Curfews and lockdowns
A nightly curfew is in place from 00.00 until 05.00 until further notice.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
- Pharmacies, food stores, fruit and vegetable stands, and bakeries may operate until 19.00 for delivery services.
(until further notice)
InboundQuarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
- Those travelling from the following countries to Federal Iraq and the KR are subject to 14-day self-isolation: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, South Africa, Slovakia, Spain, the UK, the US and Zambia.
- Any travellers to the KR exhibiting symptoms upon their arrival will be referred to a hospital. Local and foreign nationals who tested positive will be quarantined.
- Official delegations, business travellers and tourists on short-stay trips to the KR are not required to self-isolate if their PCR test is negative.
- Iraqi nationals coming from India (or have been there in the last 14 days) are subject to 14-day quarantine.
(Until further notice)
Documentation required
All arriving passengers should anticipate to fill out a form agreeing to 14 days of self-isolation following their arrival in the KR. However, final decision on quarantine and duration of the quarantine will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the local authorities in the airport.

(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.)
- Flights between Iraq and India have been suspended until further notice.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
Federal Iraq:
- Travellers coming directly from India and Bangladesh or have been there in the last 14 days cannot enter Iraq (except Iraqi nationals subject to a 14-day quarantine) .
- All movement across land borders is suspended, except for emergency cases.
Kurdistan Region (KR):
- The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (Kurdistan Region) with Turkey and the Trebil border crossing with Jordan remain closed for travel. Returning Iraqi nationals are exempt.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- All travellers to Federal Iraq must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before departure. According to some airlines, travellers may be required to take a second COVID‑19 PCR test. Contact your airline for further information.
- All incoming passengers into the Kurdistan Region must present a negative PCR test administered within 48 hours of their flight. Those without a negative PCR test will be required to take the test upon arrival at the airport at their own expense. Fully vaccinated travellers who can provide verified and reliable COVID-19 vaccine certificate confirming all required doses, are exempted from PCR test on arrival.
- Those arriving through checkpoints with Turkey, as well as Kurdish citizens returning from Iran, are required to conduct a COVID-19 test on arrival. Only those testing negative will be allowed to enter.
- See the COVID-19 information provided by the KR government here: https://gov.krd/coronavirus-en/information/#info-travellers

• Exemptions
All children under the age of ten are exempt from the testing requirements.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- If you are travelling from the federal Iraq, you will be required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before traveling. Contact your airlines for details.
- Kurdistan Region (KR): While the airport has not mandated travellers to take a PCR test prior to departing KR, some airlines have requested a recent negative test result before boarding. Moreover, those travelling outbound to countries where certificates are mandatory should take a PCR test within the specified time frame of the destination. Travellers should contact their airlines to confirm requirements.
(until further notice)
Vaccine requirements

• Who needs to be vaccinated?
The Ministry of Health on 9 April called on airlines to not issue tickets for Iraqi citizens departing Iraq unless they present an official vaccination certificate.
(until further notice)
Other
All travelers will undergo a thermal examination, and any traveler with symptoms of influenza will not be allowed to check-in and will be transferred to a medical center for further tests.
(until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Iraq

COVID-19 information for Iraq

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Essential travel to Iraq – including the Kurdistan Region (KR) – can proceed after undertaking an assessment of the COVID-19 situation and entry restrictions, including the potential for sudden changes. Business-critical travel to the capital Baghdad and southern governorates requires a comprehensive, profile-specific pre-trip risk assessment and professional 24/7 security support. Defer all travel to the disputed territories between the KR and federal Iraq (rated EXTREME), including districts within Diyala, Erbil, Kirkuk Nineveh and Salahuddin governorates.

Transnational terrorist networks remain 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, if mostly 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 business travellers. Areas north, west and immediately south of Baghdad are among the most acutely affected by Islamist extremist militancy and travel should be deferred.

Violent crime is widespread but mostly 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 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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PolioTravellers arriving from or departing to
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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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