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Monday, 17. June 2019 at 07:23 AM

Iraq Travel Advisory

Warning Level Icon It is not safe to travel Iraq

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Local Situation: 4.6 / 5

It is not safe to travel Iraq. We detected travel advisories from 9 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.3 / 5

Iraq shares a land border with 6 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Iraq), the Advisory Index is 3.3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Syria (5), Iran (3.3), Turkey (3.1), Saudi Arabia (2.5), Jordan with 2.4 and Kuwait with 2.4 (of 5).

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.
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Irak: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/iraksicherheit/202738

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.
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Do not travel to Iraq including the Kurdistan region, (except Erbil and Sulimaniyah cities) due to the volatile and unpredictable security situation, the ongoing threat of terrorism, violent extremism and organised crime. New Zealanders currently in Iraq with concerns for their safety are strongly advised to depart immediately.

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/iraq

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.
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Due to a very volatile, dangerous and unpredictable security situation, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all travel to: 

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.
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We've reviewed the travel advice for Iraq and included new information under 'Safety and Security'. We haven't changed the level – Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. On 15 May 2019 the US State Department ordered the departure of non-emergency US Government employees from Iraq, both at the US Embassy in Baghdad and the US Consulate in Erbil.

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/middle-east/Pages/iraq.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.
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Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout ...

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/iraq-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.
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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Irak.

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/irak/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.
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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid all travel.

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/iraq

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.
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Avoid travel completely

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/travel_en.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.
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Do not travel

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/iraq/

History of rating changes

This is the change history of the risk assessment of Iraq.

Changes from April 11th 2019

The total rating for Iraq changed from 4.8 to 4.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The German government decreased their existing warning for Iraq to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of -5.0 (by -2.0).

About Iraq

Iraq with its capital Baghdad is a country in Asia (Western Asia), slightly more than twice the size of Idaho (437,072 km²). The country is located Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iran and Kuwait. The climate can be described as mostly desert; mild to cool winters with dry, hot, cloudless summers; northern mountainous regions along Iranian and Turkish borders experience cold winters with occasionally heavy snows that melt in early spring, sometimes causing extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq. The landscape is mostly broad plains; reedy marshes along Iranian border in south with large flooded areas; mountains along borders with Iran and Turkey. With a population of about 28.22 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Baghdad
Population about 28.22 million
Size 437072 km²
Size comparable to slightly more than twice the size of Idaho
Common languages Arabic, Kurdish, Armenian
Timezone Asia/Baghdad with UTC offset of 3 hour(s)
Currency Dinar (short: IQD)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +964
Internet Top Level Domain .iq
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 IQ
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 IRQ
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 368