Iraq Crisis January 2020

Emergency Notification
January 5, 2020

Iraq Crisis January 2020

  • Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad urges U.S. citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately.  

  • U.S. citizens should depart via commercial airline if possible.  If flights are unavailable, U.S. citizens should consider departing to other countries via land. 

  • Baghdad International Airport is open, as are the international airports in Erbil and Sul Sulaymaniyah (both in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq). U.S. Embassy personnel in Baghdad have been instructed not to use Baghdad International Airport.   
  • Due to recent attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all consular operations in Baghdad are suspended until further notice.  U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy. 

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil is open for Non-Immigrant Visa and American Citizen Services appointments, including passport issuance.

  •  Immigrant Visa applicants should seek to transfer their case elsewhere.  Petitioners or beneficiaries can e-mail other posts to request transfer of their case.

  • The Embassy has no current plans to evacuate U.S. personnel.  Private U.S. citizens should depart while it is possible to do so.

  • If you are in Iraq and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities.  We urge U.S. citizens in Iraq who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and update their social media status. 

  • U.S. citizens in Iraq or those concerned about family in Iraq should contact the Department of State at +1-202-501-4444 or toll-free in the U.S. and Canada at 1-888-407-4747.

  • The Department of State continues to advise U.S. citizens to not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  See our Level 4: Do Not Travel to Iraq Travel Advisory on travel.state.gov for more information. 

  • We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to enroll their travel plans in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at step.state.gov and to follow us on twitter (@travelgov) and Facebook for additional security updates.