Iraq (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 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 15.02.2021
1. Passengers arriving from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Luxembourg, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, USA, United Kingdom or Zambia are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals of Iraq and foreign nationals of Iraqi origin.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling to Basra (BSR).
2. Nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Luxembourg, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, USA, United Kingdom or Zambia are not allowed to enter Iraq via Basra (BSR).
3. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) who have been since the 15 of December 2020 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, USA, United Kingdom or Zambia are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals of Iraq and foreign nationals of Iraqi origin.
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 medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The medical certificate must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years. They will be subject to a PCR test on arrival.
7. Passengers traveling to Basra (BSR) must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR or RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The medical certificate 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 medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
– Coronavirus (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 medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
10. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
11. Passengers traveling to Erbil (EBL) or Sulaymaniyah (ISU) must complete a “Pledge Form” upon arrival.
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

Starting February 18, the Government of Iraq of will impose full curfew on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. A partial curfew from 8PM to 5AM will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Iraqi security forces, ministry of health staff, service departments, bakeries, grocery stores, and pharmacies are exempted from the full curfew.

Spas, gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, cafes, and malls will be closed for two weeks starting February 18. Wedding halls, funeral homes, and mosques will be closed until further notice. Restaurants will remain open for food delivery services only.

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 March 04, 2021.
 

Sources

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