Iraq (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

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

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 02.09.2021
1. Passengers arriving from India are not allowed to enter Iraq via Baghdad (BGW), Basra (BSR) or Najaf (NJF).
2. Nationals of India are not allowed to enter Iraq via Baghdad (BGW), Basra (BSR) or 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. Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, with a return onward ticket, can obtain a visa on arrival at Baghdad (BGW).
6. Passengers traveling to Basra (BSR) must have a 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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
– are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, at their own expense.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
12. Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates can obtain a visa on arrival at Najaf (NJF) for a maximum stay of 7 days.
13. 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, 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 reservation confirmation from one of the following hotels: Qaser Aldur Hotel, Qaser Altad Hotel or Rebal Hotel.
14. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) could be subject to quarantine at a designated facility for up to 14 days.
15. Airline crew traveling to Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU) are subject to self-isolation in a hotel until their next flight.
16. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Airports in the region are operational.

Authorities have lifted the ban on flights with India as of Sept. 6. All tourists, however, remain banned from entering the country until further notice. Iraqi citizens are permitted to return, subject to a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. Persons authorized to travel to Iraq, including diplomats, government officials, pilgrims, and individuals working in international organizations, must present a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arrival or face a 10-day quarantine.
 

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