Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Transit in International Zone

The Iraqi government has announced that beginning October 1, 2015, passenger cars will be allowed to transit the International Zone (IZ) in Baghdad from north to south via the 14 July Expressway and a new entry control point will be put in place at the northern end of this expressway.  The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens traveling to or within the IZ take appropriate security precautions as this new traffic pattern becomes established.  U.S. Government personnel under the authority of the Chief of Mission must follow strict safety and security procedures when traveling outside the Embassy and Consulates.

The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance their personal security at all times when living and working in Iraq.  Vary your routes and times of travel, be alert at all times, and if you are traveling with security elements, ensure they are aware that surveillance activities may be occurring.

Please review the “Iraq Travel Warning” posted on the U.S. State Department’s website, and remember that U.S. citizens remain at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence in Iraq.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Iraq Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, located on Al-Kindi Street, International Zone, Baghdad, at 0770 443-1286  (+964 770-443-1286 from outside Iraq) 24 hours a day to report an emergency, and 0760-030-4400 (+964 760-030-4400) for pre-recorded information regarding services for U.S. citizens.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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