- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Do Not Travel.
Latest Travel Alert
Citizens planning travel abroad should take into account the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad and are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Before departure and during travel, citizens are advised to monitor our Travel Advice, follow us on Twitter, and register with their nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.
General Travel Advice
We advise against all travel to Iraq because of the extremely dangerous security situation and very high threat of terrorist attacks. If you’re currently in Iraq, we advise you to leave immediately.
If you consider your presence in Iraq to be absolutely essential, you should have adequate and continuous professional security arrangements and ensure they are regularly reviewed.
Ireland doesn’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Iraq so we can’t verify detailed travel advice to ensure that it’s accurate, appropriate and up to date. However, we encourage you to conduct your own research and to read these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries:
- UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- USA: Department of State
As there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Iraq, we are very limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, local tour guide or hotel management. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin has a dedicated phone line on which you may contact the Duty Officer at the Department on +353 (0)1 408 2000.
A number of cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the region. Health and travel advice issued by the local authorities in Iraq should be monitored.
Currently all inbound international passengers above the age of 12 are required to present international vaccination cards containing QR codes proving their vaccination status. If you can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons, you must evidence this with a medical report, as well as proof of a PCR test conducted in the previous 72 hours.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
The security situation in Iraq is extremely dangerous and there is a very high threat of terrorist attacks.
Terrorists and anti-government forces have carried out numerous attacks against places frequented by foreigners, such as hotels and restaurants. There have been attacks on international organisations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN and non-government organisations (NGOs).
The threat of kidnap of foreign nationals across Iraq remains very high. People have been kidnapped at their homes, work and in transit. Kidnappers don’t discriminate between nationalities or religions. Those kidnapped include individuals who had security arrangements in place and some of those kidnapped have been killed.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers from Ireland to countries where polio transmission is a risk. Before travelling to areas where poliomyelitis cases are still occurring, travellers should ensure that they have completed the recommended age-appropriate polio vaccine schedule and have received a booster dose, if necessary. More information is available on the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre website.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
If you are unsure of the entry requirements for Iraq, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Iraq.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
We do not have an Embassy in Iraq, please contact Embassy of Ireland Jordan. If you are an Irish citizen and require emergency out of hours assistance you can contact the Duty Officer at +962 799 732 370.
Embassy of Ireland
3rd Floor Zahran Plaza
Tel: +962 655 032 34
Sunday to Thursday 09:00-11:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.