Iraq (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

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

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 10.12.2021
1. Passengers arriving from India are not allowed to enter Iraq via Baghdad (BGW) or Najaf (NJF).
2. Nationals of India are not allowed to enter Iraq via Najaf (NJF).
3. Nationals of Indonesia are not allowed to enter Iraq via Basra (BSR) or Najaf (NJF).
4. 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.
5. Passengers traveling to Basra (BSR) must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are PCR, rapid antigen or RT-PCR. The test result must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
6. Passengers traveling to Sulaymaniyah (ISU) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated;
– passengers younger than 10 years.
7. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers arriving from Canada.
8. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU) arriving from India are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
9. Passengers arriving from Canada traveling to Erbil (EBL) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated;
– passengers younger than 12 years.
10. 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 and have a signature and a stamp from a laboratory.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
11. Nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and USA, can obtain a visa on arrival at Najaf (NJF). They must have a return ticket and a reservation confirmation from one of the following hotels: Qaser Aldur Hotel, Qaser Altad Hotel or Rebal Hotel.
12. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) could be subject to quarantine at a designated facility for up to 14 days.
13. Airline crew traveling to Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU) are subject to self-isolation in a hotel until their next flight.
14. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Iraq has closed its borders to travelers again, and only citizens and residents may enter.

All flights from India are suspended.

Permitted arrivals to Iraq may be required to self-quarantine if showing symptoms. Officials, business, and short-stay travelers are exempted.

All arrivals to Iraq must present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours.
 

Lockdown Details

The Government of Iraq (GOI) amended its full curfew to 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Enforcement of the curfew throughout the country varies significantly, Iraqi security forces, ministry of health staff, service departments, bakeries, grocery stores, and pharmacies are exempted from the curfew. Curfew and mandatory mask-wearing are being strictly enforced. Violators may be subject to fines and detention. Starting May 1, the GOI will require proof of vaccination for all service and hospitality industry workers, medical staff at private and public clinics and hospitals, and teachers and educators.

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. Some elementary schools and universities are closed.

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.
 

Sources

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