Iraq bans public gatherings nationwide from Feb. 27 to March 7 and restricts travel to and from nine countries.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 26 Feb 2020 21:21 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Feb. 27 - March 7
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times; business closures

Summary
The Iraqi Health Ministry has banned all public gatherings and ordered the closure of schools, universities, restaurants, clubs, and other public gathering spaces nationwide from Feb. 27 to March 7. Iraqi citizens are banned from traveling to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Italy, Bahrain, and Kuwait until further notice. Travelers from these countries are barred from entering Iraq.

The purpose of the travel restrictions and the ban on public gatherings is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province.

Advice
Plan for disruptions resulting from widespread business closures. Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. Follow all official immigration and health-screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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