COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 11/28/2021

*** Effective November 8, 2021, all nonimmigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Note: Though CDC guidelines permit travelers to the United States to provide documentation of recovery, Iraqi airport officials will not accept this documentation and require proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test before allowing passengers of any nationality to enter airport terminals.

Country-Specific Information

Iraq has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Government of Iraq is increasingly requiring proof of vaccination for those entering government buildings and institutions. Government offices may have limited availability due to staffing levels.

National airports are open. Outbound and inbound travelers must show a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate valid within 72 hours of travel. In addition, outbound travelers who received their vaccinations inside Iraq must present proof of vaccination 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. Iraq has suspended all travel to/from India.

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 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 and electronic formats 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
    • U.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.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
  • 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 to request an appointment.
  • Limited visa services are available in Erbil. Contact for more information.

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