Travel Alerts: COVID19
Australia is currently NOT allowing the entry of people who are not citizens, permanent residents or their families.
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Message to Australians in Iraq – 17 April 2020
Hi everyone from the Australian Embassy in Baghdad.
I want to thank all those Australians in Iraq who have passed on their details to us. I know many of you want to return home.
We appreciate that it is not possible for Australians in Iraq to return home right now, due to the Government of Iraq’s continued curfew and the flight suspensions.
We hope that international flights will resume and we encourage you to stay in touch with your travel agent or with your airline so that you can book tickets to depart as soon as those flights become available.
In the meantime, you should start to be prepared to remain in Iraq until the curfew is lifted.
Please follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. We have recently posted some updates on our Facebook page about what you can do to help minimise that risk.
Please also stay in touch with family and friends and let them know that you are safe.
Providing consular assistance to Australians in Iraq does remain very limited. Nevertheless, we will continue to provide updates on our Facebook page as soon as we have new information to share.
I know that this is a very stressful time for you and your loved ones. Please stay safe!
Australian Border Restrictions
From 11:59 pm on 28 March 2020, all international travellers arriving in Australia regardless of nationality or point of departure must complete self-isolation for 14 days in designated facilities before they can go home. Self-isolation must happen in your city of arrival into Australia.
Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs’ website for further details on Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Australians in Iraq - Registration
To all Australian Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents currently in Iraq, please send us an email at [email protected] with the details below. This will help us contact you as needed during this difficult time.
Details you should include in your email:
- Your full name
- Passport Number
- Date of birth
- Current location and accommodation details
- Phone and email address
- If you are travelling with other Australian citizens or permanent residents, their names and date of birth.
- Any additional information
Please be aware our ability to provide consular services in Iraq is extremely limited due to the dangerous security environment.
The Government of Iraq has suspended the arrival and departure of all commercial airlines. It is unknown how long this flight ban will be in place.
COVID-19 – What to do when you can’t get home
We understand that it can be stressful and frightening if you can’t get home because of border closures and flight cancellations overseas.
We suggest you continue to check with local authorities and airlines about available flights out, but you may have to wait it out until border closures are lifted or other arrangements are made.
Here’s our advice for what to do if you can’t leave the country you’re in: COVID-19 — What to do when you can’t get home
More Information and Latest News:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Department of Health)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (WHO)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Smartraveller)
- Updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (Department of Home Affairs)
- The Iraq Travel Advice - updated on 30 March 2020 (Smartraveller)
- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in Australia (Prime Minister's Media Releases)
- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in Iraq (Government of Iraq)
Please read the travel advice on Smartraveller and subscribe for updates. For urgent consular assistance contact DFAT’s Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 from Australia or +61 6261 3305 from overseas. Alternatively, you can contact the Australian Embassy in Baghdad during business hours on +964 780 923 7565.
If you can’t leave or don’t want to leave Iraq, minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.