Updated Information on COVID-19

Position, 30.04.2020

The government of Iraq has eased the nationwide curfew in place to contain the spread of the COVID-19 for the duration of the Holy Month of Ramadan (until 22 May 2020). According to a new decree dated 28 April 2020 by the High Commission for Health and Safety, the following rules apply: 

  • The previously established curfew remains in place from 18:00 to 06:00 hours.

  • A partial lifting of the curfew will be enforced from 06:00 to 18:00 hours allowing for essential movements.

  • A total lockdown will be established on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Previously established guidelines to protect the public from exposure to COVID-19 during the partial curfews will remain in effect. Businesses previously exempted from the restrictions during lockdowns will remain the same (e.g. pharmacies and bakeries). 

The Higher Committee for Health and National Safety has decided to impose strict penalties on private and public transportation vehicles and pedestrians not abiding by regulations. For those who violate the curfew, seizing the vehicle and imposing a financial fine of (50,000) fifty thousand dinars on mass transport vehicles with a capacity exceeding four passengers. They will also impose a financial fine of (50,000), fifty thousand dinars, for the saloon vehicle driver who carries more than three passengers or allows people who do not wear a face mask, and to confiscate  the vehicle in the event of a repeated violation. It was also decided to impose a financial fine of (10,000) ten thousand dinars on each individual who does not wear a protective mask outside the house. 

Governorates are allowed to apply different measures and extensions. Regionally valid curfew hours may therefore differ from this order. 

Malls, parks, mosques as well as schools and universities will remain closed during this period. Internal and external flights are suspended until at least 22 May 2020. Gatherings of more than three people are banned. 

The Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan, accredited to Iraq, urges all its citizens in Iraq to follow the instructions of the authorities and abide by the measures taken. For further information regarding the consular services (including visa) of the Embassy or emergency assistance for Swiss citizens abroad, please read the previous announcements of the Embassy.