Iraq Travel Information
The security situation in Iraq is unstable. The
Norwegian authorities' ability to provide consular
assistance to Norwegian nationals is extremely limited.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, all
international and national air traffic has been
temporarily canceled. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section "Health".
Norway does not have an embassy in Iraq. Responsible
Embassy is the Norwegian Embassy in Amman, Jordan. The
Norwegian authorities' ability to provide consular
assistance to Norwegian nationals in Iraq is extremely
Security situation :
Following the US drone attack in Baghdad on
January 3, when Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was
killed, the security situation in Iraq has deteriorated
further. Rockets have been fired at the so-called "green
zone" in Baghdad and against Iraqi military bases. The
Civil Aviation Authority recommends that airlines not
fly over Iraqi airspace. Read more about this here.
Norwegian citizens staying in Iraq, despite current
travel advice, are advised to register on
Reiseregistrering.no, so that it will be easier for the
Norwegian authorities to contact them if needed.
The threat of terror: There is still
a high level of threat in Iraq, especially in the
provinces of Anbar, Nineveh, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk
(Ta'mim) and Diyala. The terrorist group The Islamic
State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) no longer control
territories in Iraq, but Isil-affiliated groups still
maintain a high level of activity in several places, and
there are features that indicate that they can maintain
a long-standing existence as a underground movement.
Terrorist attacks in the form of bomb attacks and armed
attacks occur relatively often.
Crime: There is a significant
kidnapping danger for Western visitors. In addition,
there is a lot of violent profit crime. The level of
punishment in Iraq is high, the death penalty is
frequently used, and foreign nationals are also
- Countryaah: Baghdad is the capital
of Iraq. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Natural disasters: Earthquakes
occur. In November 2017, an earthquake of magnitude 7.3
hit the Richter scale in the Iraq-Iran border, killing
at least 630 people.
Traffic safety: The traffic picture
is unclear and accidents are a frequent cause of death
in Iraq. Therefore, be careful about traffic. In case of
accidents, the following emergency numbers are
Travel insurance: The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs encourages Norwegian citizens planning
to travel to Iraq - despite the official travel council
- to take out extended travel insurance. Before the
trip, it is important to make sure that the insurance is
valid, that it is valid for the entire stay, as well as
what the travel insurance may cover.
Contact information: The Norwegian
Embassy in Amman has a telephone number +962 65 902 450.
The telephone is answered during office hours, Sunday to
Thursday from 09:00 to 15:00.
Outside office hours, weekends and holidays, the same
telephone number is answered by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs' operational center (UDops) in Oslo. The center
is staffed around the clock. Direct number for UDops is
+47 23 95 00 00.
Norwegian citizens who, despite the Travel Council,
plan to travel to Iraq are encouraged to register on the
Foreign Travel Registration .
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians must have a visa to stay in Iraq. A visa
is applied for in advance from the Iraqi embassy in
Oslo. More information can be found on the embassy's
Contact information for the Iraqi Embassy in Oslo:
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Oslo
Address: Tidemands gate 9, 0244 Oslo
Phone: +47 22 44 97 24
Iraqi authorities regard Norwegian nationals of Iraqi
origin as Iraqi citizens.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The curfew
introduced in the Kurdish provinces and federal Iraq on
March 17 is likely to be extended until April 1. All
international and national air traffic in Iraq has been
canceled, initially until March 28, but probably longer.
Norwegian travelers in Iraq are encouraged to register
at Reiseregistrering.no, and are asked to listen to
advice from local authorities and follow the development
through local and international media.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also has its own
pages of information about the coronavirus.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
General: Please refer to the
National Institute of Public Health for official health
advice when traveling abroad. Contact your doctor well
in advance of departure for any vaccines. There are very
limited health facilities in Iraq. Be prepared for a
very hot climate. Drink plenty of water to avoid
dehydration. Tap water cannot be drunk. Check the seal
Travelers in Iraq are always advised to carry their
It is forbidden to photograph embassies and military
facilities in Iraq, as well as their surroundings.
Possession of any kind of drug is strictly prohibited
and will be punished. It is warned against bringing
snuff to Iraq. This can be taken to be a drug and you
risk prolonged custody while awaiting clarification.
Phone and power: Country code is
+964. There are several GSM networks: Zain, Iraqna, Al
Atheer, Korek (Iraqi Kurdistan) and Asiacell. Not
everyone is nationwide. Iraq has deficient power and
telephone networks as a result of worn-out
infrastructure. Like Norway, the standard for voltage in
the mains is 230 volts (50 hertz AC). Several different
types of plugs are used, so you may want to bring an
Banks: Visa and MasterCard are
accepted to a small extent, but are accepted for example
at newer hotels in Iraqi Kurdistan. There are a very
limited number of ATMs. Cash withdrawals in US dollars
(USD) are recommended. Banks are usually open from 8am
to 3pm, but is closed Friday and Saturday. Shops are
open most of the day until approx. 22:00. Most are
closed on Fridays.
Languages: Arabic and Kurdish are
the official languages of Iraq, and there is generally
limited English proficiency in the country.
Clothing: On the street and other
public places it is recommended to dress in a way that
covers shoulders, knees and navel. This is especially
true during Ramadan.
National Holidays: 1 January, 6
January, 21 March (Newroz - Persian and Kurdish New
Year), 17 April, 1 May, 14 July, 3 October and 25
December. In addition, Muslim holidays that follow the
lunar calendar come and each year approx. eleven days.
This includes Muslim New Year, Ashura, Maulid al-Nabi,
Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr and al-Isra wa al-Mi'raj.
Please note that there are limited opening hours during