Last updated: 9/13/2020
Iraq has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. National airports are open with limited service. On August 15, the Government of Iraq amended the curfew. A partial curfew is in effect seven days a week from 10:00 pm to 5:00am. Some restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing rules remain in place even outside of curfew periods. The Iraqi Government does not place any restrictions on travel between provinces but entry to Iraq for tourism and religious purposes is banned. Restaurants, auditoriums, and hotels are open. Government departments are permitted to resume working, with 50% staffing. Malls and shops are open with distancing and hygiene measures in place, and cafes and restaurants are permitted to offer carry-out services only. Schools, universities, and mosques remain closed. Land borders are open to commercial traffic.
In the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), Decree #48 dated August 20, 2020 imposes a 20,000 Iraqi dinar fine (approximately 17USD) on individuals “seen outside” without a mask. The decree also obligates private sector institutions to require employees to wear masks and requires masks of passengers in vehicles.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Airports throughout Iraq are open with limited service. Travelers should be aware that a flight suspension 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 must be completed less than 72 hours before departure to Iraq.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- 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
Approximately $110.00 per exam
Moleculor Biology Specialized Lab
Alwathiq Square, Salman Faeq Street, Baghdad
0771 391 0521
Closed on Fridays, by appointment only
Zanko Health Clinic
Near 18 Shubat Street, opposite Muhameed Majidi School, Erbil
0750 146 8484
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operation? No
- Taxis are operational, as are some mini-buses. Public buses are not operating in Baghdad.
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.
- Emergency services for U.S. citizens are offered at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. Please contact ErbilACS@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.
- Visa services are suspended countrywide.