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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (March 26, 2020)
March 26, 2020

Location: Iraq 

Event: Due to a combination of security conditions and restricted travel options as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department has ordered the departure of designated U.S. Government employees at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, and the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil.  Visa services at both posts remain suspended.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is not providing public services.  U.S. citizens in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region who need emergency services can contact ErbilACS@state.gov.  U.S. citizens elsewhere in Iraq should contact BaghdadACS@state.govfor emergency assistance.

If you are a U.S. citizen in Iraq on a temporary visit and desire assistance to return to the United States when a flight is available, please contact ErbilACS@state.gov or BaghdadACS@state.gov.

Actions to Take:

  • Depart Iraq by commercial transportation as soon as possible
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Review personal security plans
  • Remain aware of surroundings
  • Review the complete Travel Advisory for Iraq
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas


  • American Citizen Services Unit, U.S. Embassy Baghdad (public access suspended) or U.S. Consulate Erbil – 413 Ishtar, Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq