Monday 1 February 2021

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions



Washington, DC, USA (us.gov.krd) - The Kurdistan Regional Government has placed a travel ban to 21 countries, effective on January 15, 2021, to control the spread of coronavirus's new variant to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

Accordingly, Iraqi nationals cannot travel from the Kurdistan Region to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, the UK, the USA, Zambia, and the Netherlands.

Additionally, foreign nationals coming from the countries mentioned above will not be allowed to enter the Kurdistan Region, except diplomats and official delegations, the staff of United Nations (UN) organizations, International Organizations, and the global coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS). However, the exempted categories must be approved by the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Interior first before traveling. Hence, they must first send a request letter with the following information:

  • Name of the organization 
  • The nature of work 
  • Names of the travelers, expected travel date, and purpose of visit
  • Provide copies of travelers' passports

Travelers from North America seeking an exemption from the travel ban should send their request letter to the KRG Representation in the United States by email to barzan.ardalan@us.gov.krd. Please allow plenty of time for the request to be processed. We strongly advise against booking airline tickets before the request has been processed and approved. Making a request does not guarantee approval. 

We advise all who intend to travel to Kurdistan Region to check the KRG website for updates: https://gov.krd/english/ and KRI international airports, EIA https://erbilairport.com/Main/Main.aspx  and in ISU https://www.sulairport.krd/