COVID-19: Iraqi Kurdistan

Current Situation in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan has recorded 37,310 cases of COVID-19 as of November 26, with the first case confirmed in March 2020. The epidemiological situation is considered as stable and international travelers are welcome in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Entry Requirements

  • International and domestic flight operations have resumed operations.

  • Incoming travelers to Iraqi Kurdistan must produce a negative COVID-19 certificate issued 24 hours prior to arrival, or be subject to mandatory testing.

  • Alternatively, those entering Iraqi Kurdistan must take a COVID-19 test at their own expense and quarantine until the result of the test is received.

  • The Basmaq, Haji Omeran, and Parvez Khan border crossings with Iran have been reopened for international travel

  • The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey has also been reopened.

  • Returning KRG residents require a permit from the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

  • The KRG authorities have reportedly reopened Haji Omeran Border gate with Iran.

Movement Restrictions

  • Some movement restrictions remain in effect in Iraqi Kurdistan.

  • There are no curfews implemented in any of Iraqi Kurdistan’s major cities. However, provincial Governors have been granted the authority to declare curfew or lockdown measures as deemed necessary.

Quarantine Upon Arrival

  • All travelers entering Iraqi Kurdistan are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

  • Foreign nationals entering Iraqi Kurdistan via any point of entry, including the international airports or through the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing point will be quarantined at their own expense.

  • In addition, Iraqi and foreign nationals that have traveled to the following countries in the past 30 days will undergo tests and quarantined for a duration determined by the Health Ministry of the Kurdistan Region.

  • Countries include; Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

COVID-19 Testing

  • The likelihood of foreign nationals accessing local COVID-19 testing is low.


  • The wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public areas.


  • Public transportation remains limited, but operational.


  • Travelers should follow the direction of the government relating to all pandemic-related restrictions.

Major Cities


  • Erbil Province has confirmed approximately 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the autonomous region.

More Information

COVID-19: Situation Update

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