1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Iraq?
Airports throughout Iraq are open with limited service. Travelers should be aware that a flight suspension may be implemented at any time and on short notice.
2. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
All inbound travelers including Iraqi citizens from abroad have to quarantine for 14 days and may be requested to provide proof of reservation in a hotel for the duration of the quarantine period. In the IKR, travelers should be prepared to sign a pledge regarding quarantine if they plan to remain for “more than a few days.” If the traveler fails to self-quarantine, the KRG may impose a fine of one million Iraqi dinars (approximately 850USD). If the traveler is further found to have infected other individuals with coronavirus, they may be liable for the expenses of those infected. Other legal procedures may apply in addition to the fine and direct liability.
3. Is travel to Iraq restricted?
The US Department of State imposed, on August 12, 2020, Travel Advisory Level 4 (Do Not Travel) on travel to Iraq. The advisory says: Do not travel to Iraq due to COVID-19, terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Iraq due to COVID-19.
4. How safe is Iraq to travel for US citizens?
U.S. citizens in Iraq remain at critical risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence – says the US Dept of State. The U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Iraq and advises citizens to adhere to the State Department’s Iraq Travel Advisory.
ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIL or Da’esh) is a designated terrorist organization conducting an active insurgency in Syria, with franchises or direct links to terrorist groups in Iraq and other parts of the world. It commits terrorist attacks, violent atrocities, and targets U.S. citizens. ISIS controls some areas of Syria on the Iraqi border. The Iraqi government declared all of its territory liberated from ISIS in December 2017; however, despite improved government control, ISIS remains a threat to public safety in Iraq through the indiscriminate use of terrorist and asymmetrical attacks. Additionally, criminal gangs and local militias pose a potential threat to U.S. citizens.
Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel
U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info
U.S. Embassy Baghdad
Telephone: 301-985-8841 (U.S. dial numbers that ring in Baghdad)
U.S. Citizen Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 301-985-8841 from the United States or 0760-030-3000 locally from within Iraq or 964-760-030-3000 when calling from another international location.
U.S. Consulate General Erbil
413 Ishtar, Ankawa Erbil, Iraq
Telephone: During business hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday (local Erbil time is eight hours ahead of EST and seven hours ahead during EDT)
From Iraq: 066-211-4554
From the United States: 240-264-3467 and then extension 4554
After hours emergencies and on weekends (Friday, Saturday & Holidays):
From Iraq: 066-211-4000 and ask to speak with the Duty Officer
From the United States: 240-264-3467 and ask to speak with the Duty Officer