COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 24 July 2022

*** Effective June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

*** Effective April 1, 2022, outbound and inbound travelers above the age of 12 to all federal Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan Region airports must present a certificate of vaccination showing at least two doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. If a traveler is unvaccinated, then they are required to provide medical reports on why they cannot get vaccinated and show a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate valid within 72 hours of travel. Iraqi officials do not accept travel clearance letters from doctors. Outbound travelers that do not comply with these standards will be denied entry to airports in Iraq.

Country-Specific Information

Iraq has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. National airports are open across the country. Outbound travelers who received their vaccinations inside Iraq must present proof of vaccination with a QR code showing at least two doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccines as issued by the Ministry of Health. For information on how to get this card, visit Travelers who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons must show medical reports to prove that is the case. Entry and exit requirements are subject to change on short notice.

The Government of Iraq might require proof of vaccination for those entering government buildings and institutions. Government offices may have limited availability due to staffing levels.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Iraq? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
  • Test results are generally provided in hard copy and electronic formats and may be available in English and Arabic.
  • Public hospitals throughout Iraq are offering COVID-19 testing. In addition, the following private labs can do same-day PCR testing results and are authorized by the Government of Iraq to provide tests to those intending to travel:

The Al-Istishari Medical Lab

  • Located next to Al-Yarmook Hospital emergency entrance, Al Qadisiyah area, Baghdad
  • Phone: +964-771-100-0881
  • Hours: Saturday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 12:00 am, Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Al Nukhba Medical Lab

  • Three locations:
  • Palestine Street, near Al Nukhba college
  • Karradah – Al Wathiq Sq – next to Dar Al Najat Hospital
  • Al Jadiriyah – near University of Baghdad – next to Zain company for telecommunication
  • Call Center Phone: +964-780-766-6111
  • Saturday to Thursday: from 8:00 am to 09:00 pm, Friday: from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm

Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Mala Fandi Hospital

  • Located in 52 GQ, Highway 07, Erbil
  • Phone: +964-750-980-1376 or +964-760-449-6560
  • Hours: Saturday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 12:00 am, Friday from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Iraq approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Iraq for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Iraq?  Pfizer, Sinopharm, and AstraZeneca
  • Government of Iraq Coronavirus Webpage
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • S. citizens may enter Iraq with a certificate of vaccination showing at least two doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, or a negative PCR test, and a valid visa.
    • Airports throughout Iraq are open. Travelers should be aware that flight suspensions may be implemented at any time and on short notice.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Not if the passenger presents a certificate of vaccination. Yes, if not vaccinated – PCR only
    • The PCR results must be completed within 72 hours prior to travel to Iraq.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes Travelers should be prepared to pay in cash for testing on arrival. Standards are unevenly enforced, and the Embassy has heard reports of local authorities retaining personal documentation to ensure payment. The Embassy is unable to predict the exact documentation that will be acceptable.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, unless they show COVID-19 symptoms.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Taxis, trains, and public buses are operational, as are some minibuses.

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • Individuals not complying with curfew, social distancing, or masking requirements may be subject to fines. Those not complying may be denied entry to the airport and/or boarding.

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad remains closed for public services. Routine services for U.S. citizens are offered at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. Please visit here for how to make an appointment.
  • Nonimmigrant visa services are available in Erbil. Please visit here for further information.

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