COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   4/8/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Iraq has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  National airports are open.  Entry and exit requirements are subject to change on short notice.

The Government of Iraq imposed a full curfew on Fridays and Saturdays with a modified curfew 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM Sunday through Thursday.  Iraqi security forces, ministry of health staff, service departments, bakeries, grocery stores, and pharmacies are exempted from the full curfew.  Curfew and mandatory mask-wearing are being strictly enforced.  Violators may be subject to fines and detention.

Except for medical school seniors, all in-person class at schools, colleagues, private and public universities, and other educational institutions will be conducted online until further notice.

Government departments are permitted to resume working, with 50% general staffing and 25% for pregnant employees and those caring for children under 6 years of age.

In the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), Decree #57 (December 24, 2020) imposes a 20,000 to 50,000 Iraqi dinar fine (approximately $17 to $42) on individuals who do not wear masks in public and on public transportation.  The decree also obligates public and private sector institutions to require employees to wear masks and requires masks of passengers in vehicles.  Conferences, weddings, funerals, and gatherings are banned; violators face fines of 2,000,000 Iraqi Dinars.  Restaurants, hotels, bars, sports facilities, and night clubs must close by midnight.  Markets or shops where customers do not adhere to prevention guidelines may be closed.  Local officials are empowered to impose additional restrictions at their discretion and without advance notice.

On March 31, the KRG High Committee to Combat Corona Virus announced school closures will continue through April 10, while university examinations and practicums will be permitted.  The workweek is limited from Sunday to Wednesday.  On April 5, 2021, the government announced movement between the IKR and federal Iraq is banned with the exception of NGOs, diplomats, other official personnel, residents of Erbil, medical emergencies, and commercial transportation.  Starting April 8, the High Committee put in place a “movement ban” from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  There are significant exceptions to the ban including vehicles of UN agencies and organizations, international organizations, coalition forces, diplomats, security forces, medical teams, oil companies, communication companies, ambulances, and media agencies who are on official duty.  This movement ban will expire on April 12, 2021.  Please contact the Ministry of Health for more information.

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

Zanko Health Clinic

Near 18 Shubat Street, opposite Muhameed Majidi School, Erbil

0750 146 8484

  • Test results are generally provided in hard copy format 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?
  • Which vaccines are available in Iraq?  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.
    • S. 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.
  • 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.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.

Curfew impacts the ability to travel freely in Iraq.  Movements between the IKR and federal Iraq are banned. 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.  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, with the exception of emergency cases, are suspended countrywide.

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