Iraq (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: No
Quarantine Details: Not Required

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Banned
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 03.05.2021
1. Passengers arriving from India are not allowed to enter Iraq via Baghdad (BGW), Basra (BSR) or Najaf (NJF).
2. Passengers arriving from or who have transited through India are not allowed to enter Iraq via Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU).
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Iraq;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport.
3. Nationals of India are not allowed to enter Iraq via Baghdad (BGW), Basra (BSR) or Najaf (NJF).
4. Nationals of Indonesia are not allowed to enter Iraq via Basra (BSR) or Najaf (NJF).
5. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
6. Passengers traveling to Baghdad (BGW) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years. They will be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.
7. Passengers traveling to Basra (BSR) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
8. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
– COVID-19 tests issued by the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom are not accepted.
9. Passengers traveling to Najaf (NJF) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
10. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
11. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) could be subject to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days.
12. Airline crew traveling to Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU) are subject to self-isolation in a hotel until their next flight.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Due to the new strain of COVID-19, Iraq banned inbound and outbound travel with a growing list of countries.

The affected countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zambia.

Authorities have not stated how long the ban will be in effect.

Iraqi citizens in these countries are permitted to return, subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Additionally, the ban exempts diplomats, government officials, and individuals working in international organizations who tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Travelers flying to Iraq from other countries must take a COVID-19 test not more than 72 hours before departure.

Iraq’s airports open to international passenger flights. Check with your airline regularly as the rules regarding entry change regularly.
 

Lockdown Details

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.
 

Sources

https://iq.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co