Iraq

Entry regulations

Iraq

Find all entry regulations for flights to Iraq in the following table*.

Prior to Travel

There are no known restrictions

There are no known restrictions

For stays longer than 60 days, a visa must be applied for before departure at the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Berlinbe applied for.

There are no known restrictions

For stays up to 60 days, a visa can be obtained upon arrival. Fees are payable in US dollars.

There are no known restrictions

The Federal Foreign Office points out that in view of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, there are still risks associated with international travel, especially for people without full vaccination protection as well as vulnerable groups. Regulations on entry or international transport connections can change quickly with the pandemic situation.

Travel to Iraq is warned against with the exception of the Kurdistan-Iraq Region.

Non-essential travel to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is advised against due to the unstable security situation.

Since June 2022, the so-called '3G rule' has been suspended for entry into Germany, i.e. entrants no longer have to prove that they have either been vaccinated, recovered, or tested. The regulation has been extended until 31 January 2023. As regards air travel, masks must generally be worn on all flights if mask-wearing is compulsory in either the country of departure or the country of destination. The implementation is enforced by the operating airline and may therefore vary. Travellers are advised to carry at least one mask with them at all times. For information on mask mandates, please see the respective category.

Prior to Entry

Entry and exit possibilities at Iraq's land borders remain severely restricted. Tourist/pilgrimage entries are prohibited, an entry ban is in force for travellers from Germany, Austria and other countries until further notice. Iraqi nationals, residents, government delegations, diplomats and staff of international organizations and unspecified experts working on public interest projects are exempt from the entry ban.

Persons eligible to enter Iraq must register online prior to travelling.

There are no known restrictions

Information on quarantine regulations, testing requirements and possible exceptions for transit travellers that have been vaccinated can be found in the respective categories (if available).

A full vaccination is required for transit of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Children and minors are not generally exempt in case testing requirements apply.

There are no known restrictions

There are no known restrictions

Travellers from China need a full vaccination to enter Iraq.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for completely immunized persons.

Travellers from China need a full vaccination to enter Iraq.

There are no known restrictions

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for incompletely vaccinated persons.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for those who have recovered.

On Site

Restrictions are eased for those vaccinated or having tested negative.

For travel from the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan to other parts of the country, proof of vaccination or a negative test result is required. In Kurdistan, many areas of public life (shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants, events and public buildings) are accessible only with a full vaccination or a negative test result.

Current value: 2. Previous week: 1

Data source: Our World in Data / European Center for Disease Control. The data is only available at country level and is updated daily.

Travel from the Autonomous Kurdistan Region to other parts of the country is restricted.

There are no known restrictions

According to State Department information, COVID-19-related restrictions were no longer in effect in Iraq as of September 2022.

There are no more known restrictions.

There are no more known restrictions.

Hotels are now open.

There are no more known restrictions.

There are no more known restrictions.

Public transport, cabs and minibuses are operating.

Nationwide, the airports are open for international air traffic. There are extensive hygiene and distance regulations (wearing protective masks and gloves), for example at Baghdad International Airport.

Air travel between Erbil (Autonomous Region of Kurdistan) and Baghdad is allowed if a negative PCR test is available.

If travellers test positive for COVID-19 during their stay, they may be subject to testing and quarantine requirements.

Departure

Departure from Iraq's Kurdistan Region can be made either with proof of complete vaccination (at least 2 doses) or with a current negative PCR test or medical confirmation that vaccination is not possible. Depending on the destination and the regulations there, airlines may also make the carriage of a passenger dependent on the presentation of a negative PCR test, according to information from the Federal Foreign Office.

Travellers should note that a PCR test certificate issued in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will not be accepted at Baghdad, Basra, and Najaf airports.

Entry/return to Germany

For travellers entering from a risk-free area, there is no obligation to register online before returning to Germany. The exact regulations are available on the Ministry of Health‘s information sheet.

There are no known restrictions

There is no obligation to test before entering Germany.

Since 31 May, no proof of a negative test, a vaccination or recovery is required, in order to enter Germany.

Further information on the new entry regulation can be found at the Federal Government's website.

There is no obligation to test after entering Germany.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after entry into or return to Germany.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement for completely immunized persons on entry/return.

Vaccinated persons are exempt from national quarantine and testing obligations. (Caution: In Germany, only the vaccines by BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax have been approved so far.) Further information is available from the Federal Government.

No notes available.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for incompletely vaccinated persons.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for those who have recovered.

Recovered persons are exempt from quarantine and testing obligations nationwide, area of active circulation of highly contagious virus variants. Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than 3 months ago. Recovered persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.


*All information is without guarantee and is based exclusively on information provided by external sources, e.g. the German Foreign Office. We do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of this information. Please inform yourself about the applicable entry requirements before your flight.