Last updated: May 22, 2020
Information for Travelers: Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Iraq has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On May 21, the Government of Iraq extended the suspension on all scheduled flights to and from Iraq from March 17 to 8:00 p.m. on May 31, 2020. As the situation changes rapidly, travelers should be prepared that this could be extended.
- On May 20, the Government of Iraq announced a 24-hour curfew over the Eid al-Fitr holiday which will be in effect from 5:00 p.m. on May 21 through 5:00 a.m. on May 31.
- On May 18, authorities imposed a separate 24-hour curfew from May 20 to June 3 on six Baghdad districts: Sadr City, Habiba, Kamaliya, Hurriya, Shua’la, and Amriyah.
- 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.
- Iraqi citizens who have been in China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, France, Spain, Qatar, Germany, and Nigeria in the past 14 days will be quarantined for 14 days.
Specific to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR):
- Entry to the Kurdistan Region from other parts of Iraq is prohibited from May 20 to June 1.
- A full curfew will be in effect in the IKR from the beginning of Eid ul-Fitr (May 23 or May 24, 2020) for 72 hours. All businesses, except pharmacies, will be closed. All vehicle movements will be prohibited, excluding security vehicles and ambulances. Violators will be subject to possible fines and penalties.
- Scheduled flights at the Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport are suspended until May 31, 2020. Arrivals of non-residents at these airports is suspended until June 1, 2020.
- At their discretion, Kurdistan Regional Government offices are permitted to re-open. Visitors are encouraged to check with directly with the government office to confirm guidelines and restrictions.
- All border crossings will be closed from May 20 until June 1, 2020.
- 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 mandated by the regional health department.