COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/19/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Iraq has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. National airports are open. Starting on October 1, 2021, outbound travelers must show proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test. Travelers to Iraq are required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate valid within 72 hours of travel. Those who cannot get vaccination for medical reasons must show medical reports to prove that is the case. Entry and exit requirements are subject to change on short notice. Iraq has suspended all travel to/from India.

The Government of Iraq (GOI) amended its full curfew to 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Enforcement of the curfew throughout the country varies significantly. Iraqi security forces, Ministry of Health staff, service departments, bakeries, grocery stores, and pharmacies are exempted from the curfew. Curfew and mandatory mask-wearing are being strictly enforced. Violators may be subject to fines and detention. Starting May 1, the GOI will require proof of vaccination for all service and hospitality industry workers, medical staff at private and public clinics and hospitals, and teachers and educators.

Government departments are permitted to resume working, with 50% general staffing and 25% for pregnant employees and those caring for children under 6 years of age. Some elementary schools and universities are closed.

Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Travelers to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are required to bring a PCR certificate valid within 48 hours of travel or verified evidence of a second dose of vaccination, those without will be required to undertake a PCR test, at their own cost, at the Kurdistan Region airports.

Kurdistan Regional Government (Kurdistan Regional Government) decree No.25 of 2021 also mandates vaccination or coronavirus testing for employees of public accommodations, and masks and vaccination for employees of the KRG. The decree further prohibited most forms of social gatherings, with a few exceptions, such as places of worship, swimming pools, and fitness centers under strict health guidelines. The measures adopted in this decree will remain valid until rescinded by the KRG.

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.
  • Public hospitals throughout Iraq are offering COVID-19 testing in country. In addition, the following private labs offer testing 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, Baghdad
0771 100 0881
8:00am to 5:00pm except Fridays, by appointment only

Molecular Biology Specialized Lab
Alwathiq Square, Salman Faeq Street, Baghdad
0771 391 0521
Closed on Fridays, by appointment only

Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Zanko Health Clinic
Near 18 Shubat Street, opposite Muhameed Majidi School, Erbil
0750 146 8484

  • Test results are generally provided in hard copy format and may be available in English and Arabic.

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 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? Yes
    • The PCR and/or serology results must be completed less than 72 hours prior to departure for Iraq.
    • In the Iraqi Kurdistan region, a negative COVID-19 test is required except for fully vaccinated travelers. Travelers to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are required to bring a PCR certificate valid within 48 hours of travel or verified evidence of a second dose of a vaccination. Those without either will be required to undertake a PCR test, at their own cost, at the Kurdistan Region airports on arrival.
  • 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. The Embassy has heard reports of airports requiring COVID tests before departures, regardless of the requirements of the specific airline.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes

Curfew impacts the ability to travel freely in Iraq. See the above paragraphs for additional information.

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 at the airport may be denied boarding.

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad remains closed for public services. Limited routine services for U.S. citizens are offered at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. Please contact ErbilACS@state.gov to request an appointment.
  • Visa services, with the exception of emergency cases, are suspended countrywide.

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