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Last verified: Monday, 19. August 2019 at 07:23 AM

Iraq Travel Advisory

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Local Situation: 4.6 / 5

It is not safe to travel Iraq. We detected travel advisories from 10 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 (3.1), Turkey (3.1), Jordan (2.6), Saudi Arabia with 2.5 and Kuwait with 2.3 (of 5).

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Iraq from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 4.6 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Irak: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

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

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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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.

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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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: 

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

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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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.

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

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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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 ...

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

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Irak.

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

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid all travel.

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

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Cyprus

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Undvik alla resor - Säkerhetsläget i Irak är fortfarande dåligt. Säkerhetsläget kan försämras snabbt, också i den i allmänhet lugnare regionen Kurdistan. Striderna mot terrororganisationen IS fortsätter. Risken för terrordåd är betydande i största delen av landet. För västerlänningar som befinner i Irak är risken stor att bli föremål för ...

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/IQ

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 437.072 km²
Size comparable to slightly more than twice the size of Idaho
Common languages Arabic, Armenian, Kurdish
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

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Iraq is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • a once sizable population of Marsh Arabs
  • air and water pollution
  • desertification
  • development of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers system contingent upon agreements with upstream riparian Turkey
  • furthermore
  • government water control projects drained most of the inhabited marsh areas east of An Nasiriyah by drying up or diverting the feeder streams and rivers
  • has been displaced
  • inadequate supplies of potable water
  • soil degradation (salination) and erosion
  • the destruction of the natural habitat poses serious threats to the area's wildlife populations
  • who inhabited these areas for thousands of years

Natural hazzards

  • dust storms
  • floods
  • sandstorms

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Iraq. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. chemicals
  2. construction materials
  3. fertilizer
  4. food processing
  5. leather
  6. metal fabrication/processing
  7. petroleum
  8. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. barley
  2. cattle
  3. cotton
  4. dates
  5. poultry
  6. rice
  7. sheep
  8. vegetables
  9. wheat

Iraqi Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Iraq.

Export products

  1. crude materials excluding fuels
  2. crude oil
  3. food
  4. live animals

Import products

  1. food
  2. manufactures
  3. medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Iraq?

Iraq is currently rated at 4,6 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 10 official sources. It is not safe to travel Iraq.

Is it safe to travel Iraq in 2019?

With these high scores (4,6) you should avoid all kind of travel to Iraq and maybe pick another location. This is not a place for holidays.

How many travel advisories do you know for Iraq?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 10 individual sources for Iraq.

What is the size of Iraq?

Iraq has a size of 437,072 km² or 168,754 mi² which is slightly more than twice the size of Idaho.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.