COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Iraq (3 August Update)

Airline Restrictions

  • All scheduled international flight services have been resumed.

  • Airports in Iraq’s Kurdish region have been reopened.

  • Flights to and from Turkey have been suspended.

  • Passengers boarding from Baghdad International Airport must have a negative report of the PCR test done several days before their departure. On arrival, all passengers will undergo a temperature check and must have a negative result of the PCR test obtained 48 hours before boarding any plane to Bagdhad.

Border Restrictions

  • Border crossing points with Kuwait and Iran have been reopened for commercial exchange. Authorities have banned the entry of nationals from Bahrain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and Qatar.

  • Most border crossings with neighbouring countries remain closed but they open intermittently to allow the return of Iraqi nationals.

  • For the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, any traveller arriving through the air and land border must have a negative report of COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours. Without the report, the traveller will be required to undergo the test at their own cost and wait in home isolation for 48 hours. If found positive, the travellers will be sent to COVID-19 clinics.

  • All people entering Iraq are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Curfew Restrictions

  • Wasit Governorate reduced curfew hours to 22:00 to 05:00 (local time).

  • Al-Qadisiyyah Governorate is under a partial 18:00 to 05:00 curfew until further notice.

  • Until 9 August, a full curfew will remain in place, which will coincide with the Eid Al-Adha holiday.

Social Distancing Restrictions and Relaxations

  • The use of face masks is compulsory for all people in public places.

  • Parks, restaurants, cafes, sports centres, cinema halls, shopping malls, private teaching institutes, and swimming pools remain closed.

  • Restaurants are allowed to provide delivery services.

  • Shops, factories, food stores, bakeries, and pharmacies are allowed to open during curfew hours.

  • All gatherings remain banned.

  • Most educational institutes will remain closed until further notice.

Transportation Restrictions

  • Travel between governorates is banned.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. This information is subject to change as the situation evolves. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Some countries are beginning to remove some restrictions gradually. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country’s embassy for information on your specific travel plans.