The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • Anbar province
  • Ninewah province
  • Salah-Al-Din province
  • Diyala province
  • Tam’mim (Kirkuk) province

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Iraq, including the Kurdistan region. Demonstrations involving violence are taking place in the Sulaimaniya province and may spread. You should avoid political gatherings and large crowds. Observe instructions given by the local security authorities.

Following advances in June 2014, ISIL and other armed groups now control parts of Iraq, particularly in Anbar, Ninewah, Salah-Al-Din and Diyala provinces. Coalition forces, including the UK, continue to carry out targeted airstrikes against ISIL in northern and western Iraq.

The security situation throughout Iraq remains uncertain, and could deteriorate quickly. You should monitor media reporting and make sure you have robust contingency plans in place.

There is a high threat of terrorism including kidnapping across Iraq. See Terrorism. If you travel to Iraq to fight, and your activities amount to offences against UK terrorism legislation, you could be prosecuted on return to the UK.

Iraqi Airways’ permission to operate to and from points in the EU has been temporarily suspended. See Air travel

Following a 2 day closure, Erbil and Sulaimaniya airports reopened on 25 November. Contact your airline or travel company for the latest information before travelling as some flights may still be disrupted.

The British Embassy in Baghdad and the British Consulate-General in Erbil are able to offer limited consular assistance only.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

According to Iraqi law you must get a visa before you travel. You can apply for a visa at Iraqi missions overseas. See Entry requirements.