Filter for Iraq Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-23 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Allow Iraq’s airports to reopen from 23/07/2020
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2020-07-23 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Allow Iraq’s airports to reopen from 23/07/2020
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2020-07-19 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
In Erbil Governorate, movement of vehicles and pedestrians is banned between 00:00 and 05:00 (local time), although pharmacies and medical centers are exempt from the restrictions. Only military, humanitarian, diplomatic, emergency services, and transport linked to the oil industry will be permitted to move freely during this period.
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2020-07-19 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Travel between governorates in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), as well as with the rest of Iraq, remains prohibited.
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2020-07-19 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
In Erbil Governorate, the nighttime curfew has been extended until at least Sunday, July 19.
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2020-07-16 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
reduce curfews: Amend the partial curfew hours to start from 9 PM to 5 AM, with a total curfew on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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2020-07-16 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Allow Al-Mundhiriyah, Safwan and Al-Shaib border crossings to reopen for trade and commercial exchange
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2020-07-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Allow malls and shopping centres to reopen under strict conditions including the implementation of preventative health and social distancing measures
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2020-07-13 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Officials in Iraq have announced that the nationwide flight suspension extension until Wednesday, July 22. The ban includes both domestic and international flights, although medical evacuation and air freight operations are exempt from the ban. Commercial flights by Iraqi Airways between Beirut and Baghdad have also been exempted from the ban. The suspension may be extended beyond July 22 if warranted.
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2020-07-13 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
domestic flight suspension until at least july 22. although medical evacuation and air freight operations are exempt from the ban. Commercial flights by Iraqi Airways between Beirut and Baghdad have also been exempted from the ban.
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2020-07-07 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Close all private doctors’ surgeries, medical clinics and centres for two weeks, starting from 07/07/20 until 20/07/20
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2020-07-07 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Direct relevant authorities to strictly enforce official preventative health measures, including the mandatory wearing of face masks, and social distancing rules in shops, in all government and private-sector buildings and vehicles, and to hold to account those who break the rules
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2020-07-07 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
impose a nationwide partial curfew between 7 PM and 6 AM from Sunday to Wednesday, and a full curfew from Thursday to Saturday
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2020-07-07 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Permit Iraqis to travel abroad, on the condition that they give an undertaking to self-quarantine at home for 14 days on their return to Iraq, and be tested for Covid-19 at the Iraqi border point of entry
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2020-07-07 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Iraqis who travel abroad, must self-quarantine at home for 14 days on their return to Iraq, and be tested for Covid-19 at the Iraqi border point of entry. All returning Iraqi nationals must undergo both clinical and rapid Covid-19 tests. Those who test negative, must self-quarantine at home for 14 days. Those who test positive or show symptoms of Covid-19, will be transferred to specialist hospitals
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2020-07-04 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
in Erbil Governorate, Public transport and private clinics will be allowed to resume operations, following strict precautionary measures.
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2020-07-04 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
in Erbil Governorate, there will be no restrictions on traffic and movement within the province, however, the travel ban between Erbil province and other provinces of the region and the rest of Iraq remains in place until further notice.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Local authorities in the northern province of Erbil in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region began easing restrictions in place on Saturday, July 4: reopening of shops and restaurants (for delivery only) from Sunday, July 5, between 05:00 and 20:00 (local time). All establishments will be closed on Fridays, except for pharmacies and bakeries. Government offices have also reopened at a 30 percent capacity between Sunday and Wednesday from 09:00 to 13:00.
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2020-07-04 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Strict health restrictions and hygiene measures will be in place and civil servants and visitors will be required to wear face masks.
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2020-06-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Provide the necessary additional funding, through inter-government fiscal transfer arrangements, to the Ministry of Health. Direct the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to prepare a draft law to grant medical and health professionals who have died as a result of their work combatting Covid-19 a pension equal to their last salary
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2020-06-30 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
On June 30, the Government of Iraq announced a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and a full curfew on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until further notice.
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2020-06-30 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Direct state-owned profitable and self-financing enterprises to support the Ministry of Health, and for the extra funds to be used by the provincial health authorities for the direct purchase of medicine and medical supplies. Permit the Ministry of Health to recruit additional medical staff, both on continuing and short term contracts, and to fund their salaries through inter-government fiscal transfer arrangements
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2020-06-30 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Exclude staff of the Arab Company for Antibiotic Industries and Supplies (AKAI) from curfew restrictions
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Allow a number of accredited private laboratories to conduct Covid-19 tests based on the strict criteria set by the Ministry of Health
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall coordinate with other countries which have announced that they are working on a potential treatments for Covid-19, and to negotiate with these countries to ensure that Iraq receives the necessary medicines and supplies
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2020-06-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Cabinet made the following decisions in an effort to ease the impact on public sector employees: 1. Paying all government employee 79% of their salaries, including all presidencies and institutions in the Kurdistan Region. 2. Reducing this 21% from salaries of all employees in a fair approach, taking into account the amount of these salaries. 3. Paying full salaries of families of the martyred, Anfal, political prisoners, people with special needs, including to those whose salaries are 300,000 dinars or less. 4. Paying only 50% of salaries to senior officials, including to President of the Kurdistan Region, Speaker of Parliamnt, Prime Minister, their deputies, members of parliament, ministers, those hold minister-level positions, deputy ministers, members ofthe judicial council, judges, all members of the public prosecution office 5. The above section pplies to those already retired or those who will retire with these ranks 6. The Ministry of Finance and Economy will issue necessary instructions to facilitate the implementation of these decisions 7. These mechanisms are temporary for this month only 8. All ministries, bodies, presidencies and institutions in the Kurdistan Region will implement these decisions, taking into account healt guidelines during the distribution of salaries. 9. The high-level government delegation for negotiations with the federal government is assigned to try to reach a deal on Kurdistan Region’s financial entitlements. 10. Ministries and other relevant agencies have been assigned to seek necessary instructions for the implementation of the reform law (2020) due to be implemented in July.
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2020-06-08 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
June 8, the Government of Iraq extended the suspension on all scheduled flights to and from Iraq from March 17 through June 13, 2020.
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2020-06-06 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
June 6, the Government of Iraq announced a continuation of the 24-hour curfew until June 13.
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2020-05-30 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
On May 30, the Government of Iraq announced a continuation of the 24-hour curfew until June 6.
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2020-05-30 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
On May 30, the Government of Iraq extended the suspension on all scheduled flights to and from Iraq from March 17 to 8:00 p.m. on June 6, 2020. As the situation changes rapidly, travelers should be prepared that this could be extended.
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2020-05-23 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Kurdish region: A 24-hour full lockdown will be in place for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, either on 23 or 24 May, for three days. No traffic will be allowed except security and medical services. Only pharmacies can operate during the full lockdown.
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2020-05-23 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
from may 23/24 for three days. No traffic will be allowed except security and medical services. during the three-day lockdown in the Eid holiday, no movement between KR and federal Iraq, as well as inter-provincial movement within KR will be allowed.
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2020-05-22 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Federal Iraq: A 24-hour curfew will be enforced during the Eid al-Fitr holiday from 22 to 30 May.
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2020-05-22 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All airports across both Federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region will be closed to commercial passenger flights until at least 1 June, subject to an additional extension.
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2020-05-22 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
extended: All border crossings, including those previously open for residents to return, are closed until 1 June.
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2020-05-20 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Entry to the Kurdistan Region from other parts of Iraq is prohibited from May 20 to June 1.
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2020-05-20 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
On May 18, authorities imposed a separate 24-hour curfew from May 20 to June 3 on six Baghdad districts: Sadr City, Habiba, Kamaliya, Hurriya, Shua’la, and Amriyah.
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2020-05-18 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
On May 18, authorities imposed a separate 24-hour curfew from May 20 to June 3 on six Baghdad districts. United Nations agencies and organisations, the international coalition and the commercial movement have been excluded from the curfews between provinces.
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2020-05-17 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
On May 21, the Government of Iraq extended the suspension on all scheduled flights to and from Iraq from March 17 to 8:00 p.m. on May 31, 2020. As the situation changes rapidly, travelers should be prepared that this could be extended.
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2020-05-11 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
authorities amended curfew hours announced on April 22: beginning May 11 through May 24, 2020 a nationwide curfew is in effect from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 24-hours on Friday and Saturday.
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2020-05-05 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
The Higher Committee decided that, based on even and odd numbered license plates, vehicles will be allowed on roads and public highways on alternate days. This measure comes into force on Tuesday 05 May 2020.
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2020-05-04 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Authorities impose full lockdown on Kirkuk province May 4-9
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2020-05-01 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Extension of total curfew across the Kurdistan Region from 01 May until 10 May. Drivers in violation would be penalized according to the previous regulations. *United Nations agencies and organisations, the international coalition and the commercial movement have been excluded from the curfews between provinces.
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2020-04-28 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
mposing a fine of 50,000 dinars on public transport vehicles carrying more than 4 passengers, and on saloon cars carrying more than 3 passengers. The drivers of the vehicles will also be fined if their passengers do not wear face masks
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All individuals are required to wear face masks when outside of their homes, or will face legal consequence.
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2020-04-28 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Permitting only 1 customer for every 5 square metres of space in shops and stores, and allowing only those wearing a face mask to enter such premises. Shop owners will be subject to a 100,000 dinar fine if they do not comply with these regulations, and risk their shops being closed down
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2020-04-24 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
extended until further notice
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2020-04-22 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Commercial flight suspension extended until May 22
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2020-04-21 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
temporary easement of curfews during ramadan: A partial curfew is in effect from 19.00 to 06.00 until 22 May, but a complete curfew will remain in effect during on Fridays and Saturdays. Some shops may open during Ramadan (including bakeries and pharmacies, and key workers such as health teams and security forces, will be maintained. Shops and factories can resume work but only outside curfew hours. Government departments are permitted to resume working, but with minimum staffing which must not exceed 25% of the workforce. Taxis can operate, but large public transport vehicles are only permitted to carry four passengers at any one time) *Mosques, shopping malls, and parks will remain CLOSED during the partial lifting of the lockdown. The relaxed curfew will last until the end of Ramadan on Friday, May 22. After Ramadan, previous lockdown measures will apply. Any breaches will result in fines.
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Iraq’s Higher Committee for Health and National Safety announces temporary monthly emergency grant to families impacted by curfew. The grant is only available to Iraqi citizens who are residing in Iraq. Government employees, those receiving state pensions, social security payments or any other income from the state are not eligible to apply.
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2020-04-16 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
IKR. Extension of total curfew across the Kurdistan Region from 16 April until 01 May. Imposition of complete lockdown from 06:00 PM to 12:00 midnight *except members of security forces, medical teams and trade exchange. United Nations agencies and organisations, the international coalition and the commercial movement have been excluded from the curfews between provinces.
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2020-04-16 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
IKR. exended until 1/5/2020: No traffic movement is allowed between the hours of 12:00 midnight to 06:00 a.m. except for security forces, ambulances, and permitted vehicles. Drivers in violation would be penalized according to the previous regulations. *except members of security forces, medical teams and trade exchange. United Nations agencies and organisations, the international coalition and the commercial movement have been excluded from the curfews between provinces.
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2020-04-15 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
On April 15 authorities extended a 24-hour curfew in Baghdad from March 17 to the beginning of Ramadan (April 23 or 24, 2020). The curfew excludes: pharmacies, medical stores, grocery stores, bakeries, and gas stations. Additionally, it excludes medical, security, and media personnel, and the staff of internet service providers.
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
IKR extended a ban on all vehicle movements in Erbil, Sulaimaniya, Duhok, and Halabja, as well as Rapareen and Garmyan until April 23, 2020. Violators are subject to fines and penalties.
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2020-04-06 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
IKR extended until at least 23.4.2020 pedestrian movement is also prohibited except to obtain food and medicine. Shops, markets, bakeries, and pharmacies remain open.
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
IKR extended until at least 23.4.2020 All movements in the Kurdistan Region are banned between the hours of midnight and 0600, except for security officials and ambulances.
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2020-04-06 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
IKR extended until at least 2.5.2020 Kurdistan Regional Government offices will remain closed until May 2, 2020.
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
IKR extended until at least 23.4.2020 Movements between cities/governates within the Kurdistan Region are banned, except for the transport of essential products or in emergency situations.
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
IKR extended until at least 24.4.2020 Flights at the Erbil International Airport and the Sulaimaniya International Airport are suspended until April 24.
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2020-04-06 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Higher Committee for Health and National Safety announces measures to facilitate return of Iraqi nationals abroad
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2020-04-04 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Imposition of complete lockdown across the Kurdistan Region for 48 hours starting at 12:00 midday on 04/04/2020. Shops, bakeries and all other services will also be shut except for a limited number of pharmacies. Pedestrian traffic is prohibited except for running daily errands and cases of illness. Violators would be prosecuted under the law. *United Nations agencies and organisations, the international coalition and the commercial movement have been excluded from the curfews between provinces.
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2020-04-04 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
kurdish region - no driving 48 hours starting at 12:00 midday on 04/04/2020.. Drivers in violation would be penalized according to the laws. Cancelation of all permission previously given to people to travel between 01:00 AM to 06:00 AM. No traffic movement is allowed between the hours of 12:00 midnight to 06:00 a.m. except for security forces, ambulances, and permitted vehicles. Pedestrian traffic is prohibited except for running daily errands and cases of illness. Violators would be prosecuted under the law. A mayoral committee will be formed with the participation of police and security forces to issue special permits in emergency cases. Permission for oil companies is done through coordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources. All special permits must be done through relevant authorities such as the Interior Ministry and the Diwan of the Council of Ministers. All traffic movement between cities and towns is banned. The only exception is emergency cases and with the permission of provincial Operation Rooms. *United Nations agencies and organisations, the international coalition and the commercial movement have been excluded from the curfews between provinces.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
1. Establishing a committee to assess current and future market needs in terms of food, medical supplies and agricultural produce, with a mandate to promote Iraqi products2. Facilitating the transit of lorries and refrigerated trucks carrying foodstuff, agricultural products, medical and veterinary materials between provinces and within cities 3.Monitoring the prices of essential goods to ensure that they remain stable, and to take measures against profiteers, according to law 4.Facilitating the transport of agricultural harvesters and livestock between provinces. 5.Establishing a committee at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to investigate and report on support mechanisms for workers in the private sector during Covid-19 Establishing a committee to be chaired by the Minister of Planning to report on the financial impact of Covid-19 on citizens, and to suggest options to provide financial support to affected groups, especially those on low income
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Health Workers: 1) Make a monthly bonus payment to frontline health teams who are caring for Covid-19 patients. 2) Allocate, free of charge, a plot of land to all health workers who are caring for Covid-19 patients.
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2020-04-02 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Exempting all medicines, medical supplies and devices, diagnostic and laboratory equipment from import license regulations. + Transferring 50 million US dollars to the General Company for Marketing Medicines and Medical Supplies
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2020-04-02 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Request the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to prepare a draft law to double the period of service of frontline health staff during the current emergency for the purpose of calculating future pensions; the law will also seek to extend the retirement age for doctors
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2020-04-01 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Extension of total curfew across the Kurdistan Region staring from 01 April to 10 April. Drivers in violation would be penalized according to the previous regulations. (The curfew, first imposed at 12:00 midnight on 13 March until 12:00 midnight 15 March, then extended until 12:00 midnight 18 March inside the cities of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, and extended across the Kurdistan Region until 01 April.) No government employee, officer or civil servant who work in other parts of Iraq is allowed to return to the Kurdistan Region until 1 April 2020, even if they are residents of the Kurdistan Region. Provincial and district energy and electricity officials will become members of the Operation Rooms to coordinate the supply of electricity, staff movement and delivery of fuel to power stations. People must stay in their homes to allow medical teams to carry out their mission. Upon any suspicion, you are advised to call 122 and suspected cases must stay put until medical teams reach you.*United Nations agencies and organisations, the international coalition and the commercial movement have been excluded from the curfews between provinces.
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2020-03-28 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
extended suspension until april 11
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2020-03-22 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
extended a 24-hour curfew in Baghdad and kurdish regions from March 17-28, 2020. The curfew excludes: pharmacies, medical stores, grocery stores, bakeries, and gas stations. Additionally, it excludes medical, security, and media personnel, and the staff of internet service providers.
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2020-03-22 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
authorities banned travel between all Iraqi provinces.
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2020-03-22 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Extended the suspension on all flights to and from Iraq from March 17-28, 2020.
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Nationals of Iraq who have been in China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macao, Singapore or Thailand in the past 14 days will be quarantined for 14 days
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2020-03-18 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All public celebrations of the Newroz holiday have been suspended in Iraq Kurdish Region "IKR"
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Suspension of all flights until 24 of March
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All flights (until at least 24. march)
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
24-hr curfew in Baghdad and Kurdish region "IKR"(until at least 24. March)
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
all travelers entering the Kurdistan region, regardless of previous travel, should be aware they could be subject to screening and restrictions upon arrival at the direction of the regional health department, including being quarantined at a facility mandated by the regional health department.
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Courfew in the city of Baghdad for at least one week
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All airports in Iraq shut down as of 17 March 2020 for a 7 day period
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
ban of religious gatherings and public gatherings as of 16 March
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Checkpoints within the country
roadblocks in Kurdistan Region (Erbil, Sulaimani) due to traffic ban
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
With Iran and Kuwait
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Until 24 of March
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Border checks 
Whoever travelled outside Iraq as of 1 January cannot enter the region unless certified of not having the virus
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Kurdish Region of Iraq traffic ban between all towns and districts in Erbil and Sulaymaniya provinces for 72 hours effective 12:00 Sunday midnight
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
entry ban for travelers from Germany and Qatar
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
ban of non essential domestic travel between provinces
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2020-03-11 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
lockdown for 7 days in Najaf governorate as of March 11
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2020-03-06 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
entry ban for travelers from France and Spain
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2020-02-26 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
banned entry for travelers to and from China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Italy, Bahrain, Kuwait; Iraqi citizens and diplomats are exempted
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