Coronavirus Travel Health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Iraq on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Travel

Commercial flights are operating to and from Iraq. Check with your airline before travelling.

All inbound/outbound international passengers need to present international vaccination cards containing QR codes proving that at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine were received, as well as proof of a negative PCR test. For entry to federal Iraq the PCR test should be taken within 72 hours of travel, and for KRI within 48 hours of travel. For departure from Iraq the test should be taken within 72 hours for both federal Iraq and KRI. If you can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons, you must evidence this with a medical report.

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority and Ministry of Health have introduced an online portal for inbound/outbound passengers to register flight details and PCR test results. This portal does not apply to KRI.

Entry and Borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Iraq.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Iraq

You should keep up to date with information from your sponsor or employer in Iraq and/or with your airline on the impact of any existing travel plans. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Iraqi Embassy.

Healthcare in Iraq

If you are in Iraq and displaying symptoms of coronavirus you should seek medical advice while self-isolating. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Iraq

We will update this page when the Government of Iraq announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Iraq national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines. The Government of Iraq has stated that foreign nationals resident in Iraq are eligible for vaccination, if they choose to join the programme. You should consult your health care provider for more information.

You can register for the vaccination programme on the Ministry of Health registration system for COVID-19 vaccines (this website is in Arabic and you will need assistance completing the form if you are a non-Arabic speaker).

In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq the registration link is available in English at the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Health registration system for COVID-19 vaccines.

For more general information from the Government of Iraq regarding vaccines and Coronavirus measures see the Government of Iraq website, the Ministry of Health Facebook page and the Kurdistan Regional Government website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Iraq, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Help and support

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are in Iraq and need advice which is not covered by reading our travel advice then you can contact us online.

If you need urgent consular assistance, call the FCDO on +44 207 008 5000. To get the latest information, sign up for travel advice email alerts.