IOM Iraq COVID-19 Response Overview #9 (26 January - 22 February 2021)

Situation Report
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Government lockdown measures including restrictions on commercial activity as well as civilian movements remain in place across the country. The approach of local authorities to the enforcement of these restrictions varies across governorates. People can travel freely across governorates, including between federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

International airports in Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Najaf, and Sulaymaniyah are open for commercial flights but are running at lower capacity. Between January and mid-February 2021, a ban was imposed at the country’s international airports of travellers coming from countries with high rates of the new and highly contagious strain of the virus. On 18 February 2021, this rule was rescinded, with travellers from all countries permitted to enter contingent on following public health requirements, including testing and quarantine periods.

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