COVID-19 Information

Last updated: March 26, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

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

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • On March 22, the GOI extended the suspension on all flights to and from Iraq from March 17-28, 2020.  As the situation changes rapidly, travelers should be prepared that this could be extended.
  • On March 26, authorities extended a 24-hour curfew in Baghdad from March 17 to April 11, 2020.  The curfew excludes: pharmacies, medical stores, grocery stores, bakeries, and gas stations.  Additionally, it excludes medical, security, and media personnel, and the staff of internet service providers.
  • As of March 22, authorities banned travel between all Iraqi provinces.
  • 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

  • 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):

  • Flights at the Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport are suspended until March 28.
  • Authorities extended a curfew substantially restricting movements throughout the Kurdistan Region, through midnight on April 1. Per limited exceptions, businesses such as markets, bakeries, and pharmacies can remain open.
  • 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.
  • Entry to the Kurdistan Region from other parts of Iraq is prohibited.

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