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21
Oct-2014

IRAQ

Travel Alerts   /  
Country Travel Risk Level – Extreme
Warning – IRAQ – AUSTRALIA DFAT TRAVEL ADVICE: – Australians advised against travel to all of Iraq, including Iraqi Kurdistan. Australians in Iraq, including in Iraqi Kurdistan, should depart immediately while commercial flights continue to operate and airports in Baghdad and Erbil remain open. Consular assistance is no longer available within Iraq. Details

 

Source: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Iraq, details below

  • We strongly advise you not to travel to Iraq because of the extremely dangerous security situation. Australians in Iraq, including in Iraqi Kurdistan, should depart immediately while commercial flights continue to operate.
  • The security situation in Iraq has deteriorated significantly. Armed opposition groups are now active in many parts of Iraq, including in Iraqi Kurdistan. The situation could deteriorate further with little warning. The US-led coalition, including Australia, has conducted targeted airstrikes against militants in Iraq.
  • With the escalating conflict, there is an increased threat to foreigners throughout Iraq, particularly journalists and NGO workers.
  • Staffing levels at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad are at a minimum. We will retain a diplomatic presence in Baghdad, but the embassy will remain closed to the public until further notice. Consular assistance is no longer available within Iraq.
  • Baghdad International Airport and Erbil International Airport remain open. Most international carriers are continuing operations out of Baghdad. There have been some flight cancellations. Some airlines have suspended operations out of Erbil. The situation could change at very short notice and Australians should make arrangements to depart without delay.
  • Australians risk prosecution under Australian law if they fight in other countries.
  • Given the extremely dangerous security situation we strongly recommend that you registeryour travel and contact details with us so we can contact you in an emergency.
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:

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