Iraq Travel Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Iraq Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Iraq, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Renowned for religious tourism and pilgrimage, Iraq proudly overlooks the plains of Mesopotamia. Since the war, tourists neglected this destination. The country has peaceful places to offer that are worthy to be discovered. All you have to do is stay away from high-risk areas for a unique experience in this part of the Middle East. You won’t be left indifferent with the ancient sites of Babylon and its famous Hanging Gardens. Despite the life they lead, the people of Iraq still manage to show an incomparable joie de vivre. Their taste for party and their lively evenings are the proof of it.

While traveling to Iraq, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
Camels in a desert of Iraq

Recommended travel vaccinations for Iraq

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Iraq

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Current Weather in Iraq


Medical Care in Iraq

Public health institutions in Iraq suffer from lack of drugs, poor quality of care, and problems in power and water supply. Reassuringly, private institutions make up for these shortcomings, although you should be warned that these do not offer emergency rooms. Al-Hayat hospital is a good point of call in the event of illness or an accident.

The drug supply in Iraq is insufficient, and the available medicines are unreliable. Visitors should endeavour to buy medicines from Al-Shaiklee pharmacy or Hunnudi pharmacy whenever possible.

In order to be evacuated in the event of a medical emergency, contact the US Air Ambulance on 800-863-0312.

Is Iraq Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime High risk
Insurgency and terrorism Risk of car bombing, mortar and rocket attacks
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Threats to foreigners Caution required; Foreigners are kidnapped for money
Kurdistan Region of Iraq AVOID ALL TRAVEL
Road safety Road travel is not safe; Caution required for motorists
Rail travel Avoid railtravel
Border areas Avoid travelling to borders
Checkpoints Be cooperative and respectful
Women’s safety Risk present
Curfew Risk present; Stay informed
Health Polio warning
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Iraq?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Iraq. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

You must register your arrival after 10 days in the country.

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Embassy of Canada to Iraq information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Iraq
Street Address:
British Embassy Compound,
International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq

Tel.: +964 782 783 5084

Email: [email protected]

Click here to access the embassy’s website