Last updated: August 10, 2020
- Information for Travelers: Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Iraq has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Airports in federal Iraq reopened July 23 with limited service. Travelers seeking to depart should work with their airline or travel arranger to confirm flights. Travelers should be aware that a flight suspension may be implemented at any time and on short notice.
- Use of face coverings for those in airport terminals and on-board aircraft is mandatory and physical distancing measures are in place in terminals. Thermal temperature screening is in place at airport entrances and for arrival passengers. Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and/or those not wearing face coverings may be denied boarding or entry to the airport.
- Passengers departing Iraq may be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results prior to departure depending on the country of destination. Those departing to locations with COVID-19 test requirements may be required to provide negative results within the specified time frame of the destination. Travelers should work with airlines to confirm destination requirements.
- COVID-19 departure testing is conducted at Ministry of Health-designated clinics. Check with airlines or local authorities to identify the nearest clinic.
- Individuals traveling to Iraq are required to carry out a COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to the flight and should be prepared to present results at passport control.
- On August 9, the Government of Iraq amended the curfew. A full 24-hour curfew is in effect on Thursdays through Saturdays. The curfew on Sundays through Wednesdays is from 9:00 pm to 6:00am.
- Restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing rules remain in place even outside of curfew periods. Government departments are permitted to resume working, but with minimum 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.
- 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.
- 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):
- Erbil International Airport and Sulaymaniyah International Airport are open and offering passenger service. U.S. citizens interested in departing should work with their airline or travel arranger to confirm flights. Travelers should be aware that a flight suspension may be implemented at any time and on short notice.
- Passengers departing Iraq may be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results prior to departure. Those departing to locations with COVID-19 test requirements may be required to provide negative results within the specified time frame of the destination.
- COVID-19 departure testing is conducted Zanko Health Clinic in Erbil. Passengers should schedule the tests with adequate time to receive their results prior to departure.
- Movement between provinces and governates within the IKR is prohibited. 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: https://www.moi.gov.krd/tregapidan/.
- Travelers arriving at Erbil International Airport or at land border crossings should possess a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 48 hours old. Travelers without a COVID-19 result will be tested at their cost. Arriving travelers must sign a pledge to quarantine for 48 hours at their destination until they receive results. Persons with positive results will be transferred to COVID-19 clinics.
- All shops and businesses with the exception of pharmacies will be closed between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Restaurants are open for dine-in or take-out. Cafes, tea shops, and refreshment shops should use only disposable containers.
- Religious venues remain closed and funeral gatherings are prohibited. Event halls, wedding halls, bars, and night clubs are closed.
- Government offices are open with reduced staffing Sunday through Wednesday.
- Clinics are open with special instructions from the Ministry of Health.
- Local authorities within provinces and governates may impose additional restrictions based on local conditions.
- As of April 3, the Iraqi Kurdistan Region has banned entry to citizens from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Kuwait, and Bahrain.
- 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.