IRAQ TRAVEL GUIDE
Iraq is the birthplace of many of the Earth's oldest civilisations, including the Babylonians and the Assyrians. Officially the Republic of Iraq, it is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest and Syria to the west. The capital, and largest city, is Baghdad.
The political situation in Iraq remains extremely unstable, even though the war was officially declared as over in December 2017. Travelling there remains extremely dangerous and strongly discouraged. All foreigners are still in danger of kidnapping, murder, and general armed violence. Although the northeast provinces which comprise Iraqi Kurdistan can be considered relatively safe for foreigners, the margins for errors are small. Sporadic violence can occur anywhere in the country. Tensions have risen especially at the beginning of 2020, with many Western countries recommending its citizens leave immediately due to the threat of a war breaking out or spilling over at any moment.
COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
Airports in Federal Iraq have reopened with limited service. Face coverings are mandatory on flights and in airports. Thermal temperature screening is in place at airport entrances and for arrival passengers.Individuals traveling to Iraq are required to carry out a COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to the flight and should be prepared to present results at passport control.All travelers arriving from abroad will be requested to quarantine for 14 days and may be requested to provide proof of reservation in a hotel for the duration of the quarantine period.Erbil International Airport and Sulaymaniyah International Airport are scheduled to reopen with reduced service August 1.Travelers arriving at Erbil International Airport must have a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 48 hours old. Travelers without a COVID-19 result will be tested at their cost. Arriving travelers must sign a pledge to quarantine for 48 hours at their destination until they receive results.As the situation is changing rapidly, all travelers entering the Kurdistan region, regardless of previous travel, should be aware they could be subject to screening and restrictions upon arrival at the direction of the regional health department, including being quarantined at a facility and for a duration mandated by the regional health department.
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- Capital: Baghdad
- Currency: Iraqi dinar (IQD)
- Area: 437,072 km
- Population: 38,43 million (2018)
- Language: Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Turkmen, Assyrian, Armenian, English (spoken)
- Religion: Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%
- Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
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- 1 Jan New Year’s Day.
- 6 Jan Army Day.
- 9 Apr Baghdad Liberation Day.
- 17 Apr FAO Day.
- 1 May Labor Day.
- 14 Jul Republic Day.
- 8 Aug Ceasefire Day (End of Iran-Iraq War).
- 3 Oct Iraqi Independence Day (National Day).
(Also, Maulid an-Nabi,Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Al Hijrah, Ashura)
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Iraq's climate is mainly of the continental and subtropical semi-arid type, except for the north and northeastern mountainous regions that have a Mediterranean climate. The country generally experiences winters that vary between cool and cold, and summers are dry with variations between hot and extremely hot temperatures. Rainfall is seasonal and occurs mostly during the winter season during December through February for most of the country except in the north and northeast, where the rainy season is from November to April. The climate is also influenced by South and Southeasterly Sharqi, which are dry dust winds that impact the country from April to June and September to November. The North, Northwest Shamal Winds also impact the climate, leading to extensive surface heating.
Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists.
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