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Iraq travel restrictions & quarantine rules


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The travel advice is Do not travel to Iraq. Iraq is Moderate restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Iraq. Iraq is part of Asia with main city at Baghdad. Its Developing country with a population of 38M people. The main currency is Iraqi Dinar. The languages spoken are Arabic and Kurdish.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Iraq

Moderate restrictions

for travel
International travel to Iraq is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is permitted.

Other restrictions

Those traveling to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test, written in Arabic or English and taken within the previous 48 hours, on arrival. Alternatively, proof of full vaccination may be provided.
Those arriving without any of the documents above will undergo testing on arrival. The test will be at the travelers' expense and payment may only be accepted in cash.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, written in Arabic or English and taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on arrival.

Other medical measures

All travelers are subject to health screening and those displaying symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to enter quarantine. Further testing may be required and may only be payable in cash.
For more details U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Government measures

A nationwide daily curfew is in place between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am. Social distancing protocols remain encouraged and travel between provinces may be restricted. Safety measures vary significantly between regions and can change at short notice. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is mostly operating as usual. Governorates may impose their own entry restrictions, we recommend keeping up to date with local guidelines throughout your trip.


Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.


Bars are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.


Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.


Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, do not require an essential reason to enter and are exempt from quarantine requirements.
Vaccinated travelers must still provide a pre-departure test and may be randomly selected to be tested on arrival. Travelers are also required to have a suitable quarantine plan in place for 14 days as a precaution, even when seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.
Proof of vaccination must be uploaded on the ArriveCAN application. The final dose must have been administered at least 15 days before departure and supporting documentation must be in English, French, or with a certified translation.
Further information can be found at

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation.
Travelers testing negative on the day-8 test may leave quarantine 14 days after arrival. Travelers testing positive will undergo further 10-day quarantine from the day the test was taken and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative test result, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive test result, taken at least 15 days before departure and not more than 180 days before departure.
Proof of negative molecular test result or recovery must be uploaded to the ArriveCAN application. Further information on the testing requirements, such as types of tests accepted, can be found at

Testing on arrival

A molecular test will be administered on arrival and travelers will be provided COVID-19 at-home specimen collection kits which must be taken on day 8 of the quarantine period. The kit contains information on how to collect, store and ship the samples.
Travelers may register for the test on arrival at
Travelers who can present proof of a positive test result, taken at least 14 days before departure and not more than 180 days before, are exempt from testing on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Iraq

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
πŸ“… events Banned

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Iraq

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.

πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Iraq

Do not travel

The security situation throughout Iraq remains volatile. There has been an increase in protest activity following the parliamentary elections on 10 October. There's a risk the security situation could deteriorate further. Due to the volatile security environment and the ongoing threat of kidnappings, you should leave Iraq immediately by commercial means if it's safe to do so. If you're staying in Iraq, be alert and check media for updates on new threats. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, due to the volatile security situation and very high risk of violence, armed conflict, kidnapping and terrorist attack.
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