Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosions in Ankawa

As a result of an explosion on April 17, 2015 in the Ankawa neighborhood in Erbil, and the security presence in the immediate area, Consulate General Erbil will temporarily suspend visa services on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The Consulate expects to resume visa services on Monday, April 20, 2015. All visa applicants will be notified via phone and email if their visa appointments are canceled.

The Consulate remains open for emergency services to U.S. citizens.

U.S. Citizens can contact the Consular section during normal business hours via phone at 0770-443-1100 or via email to ErbilACS@state.gov.

The Consulate will post any changes to this expected plan on the front page of our website at http://erbil.usconsulate.gov/. All U.S. citizens should ensure that they have valid passports. If you need to renew your passport, please visit our website http://erbil.usconsulate.gov/service.html to review the necessary documentation and to make an appointment.

We urge U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens who, despite our current Travel Warning, elect to travel to or reside in Iraq enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Iraq, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Iraq. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Consulate in Erbil is located at 413 Ishtar in Ankawa and is normally open from 0800-1700, Sunday through Thursday. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Consulate is 0770-443-4396.