COVID-19 Information

Last updated: July 2, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Iraq has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • On June 30, the Government of Iraq extended the suspension on all scheduled flights to and from Iraq from March 17 through July 15, 2020. As the situation changes rapidly, travelers should be prepared that this could be extended.
  • On June 30, the Government of Iraq announced a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and a full curfew on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until further notice.
  • Restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing rules remain in place. Government departments are permitted to resume working, but with minimum staffing. Schools, universities, restaurants, cafes, and malls will remain closed, but shops and factories may resume business within curfew hours.
  • As of April 19, travel between all Iraqi provinces continues to be banned.
  • As of March 13, the GOI bans entry to citizens of China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, France, Spain, Qatar, Germany, and Nigeria. The ban also applies to travelers arriving from these countries, irrespective of citizenship or residency. Diplomats, official delegations, and Iraqi nationals are exempted from the ban.
  • As of February 25, the GOI closed the following border crossings: Bashmakh, Haji Omaran, Parwezkhan, Munthiriya, Summar, and Safawan. The Shalamija, Shib, and Zurbatya border crossings are open only to Iraqi citizens.

Quarantine Information:

  • All Iraqi citizens and other individuals returning from abroad will be requested to quarantine for 14 days and may be requested to provide proof of reservation in a hotel for the duration of the quarantine period.

Specific to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR):

  • Movement between provinces and governates within the IKR is prohibited until July 4, and all movement within Erbil province is prohibited with limited exceptions. Movements by security vehicles and ambulances will be permitted. Permission for necessary movements between provinces can be requested from the KRG Ministry of Interior via the Ministry’s website after July 1.
  • All businesses and public services in the IKR will be closed from midnight to 6:00 am.
  • Local authorities within provinces and governates may impose additional restrictions based on local conditions.
  • Scheduled flights at the Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport are suspended through July 2, 2020.
  • All border crossings are closed to visitors until July 4.
  • As the situation is changing rapidly, all travelers entering the Kurdistan region, regardless of previous travel, should be aware they could be subject to screening and restrictions upon arrival at the direction of the regional health department, including being quarantined at a facility and for a duration mandated by the regional health department.

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