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Coronavirus: New Announcement

22.07.2020 — Position Iraq
The Iraqi government’s High National Health and Safety Committee announced on 16 July 2020 the shortening of the partial curfew. It is now set from 9.30 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.




COVID-19: Curfew measures

28.05.2020 — Iraq

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and due to the spike of coronavirus cases in Iraq, the Federal Minister of Health announced on 24 May 2020 that the full lockdown is extended for 9 days. The conditions imposed in this regard may vary between different provinces and areas. The Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan, accredited to Iraq, encourages all its citizens to inform themselves through official channels about the measures in place in their region. 

The Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan, accredited to Iraq, refers to its previous news announcements for further information and urges all its citizens in Iraq to follow the instructions of the authorities and abide by the measures taken. For further information please read the previous announcements of the Embassy.


COVID-19 Eid Al-Fitr measures

21.05.2020 — Local news Iraq
In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Iraqi High Commission for Health and Safety announced a total lockdown during Eid Al Fitr holidays. The conditions imposed in this regard may vary between different provinces and areas. The Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan, accredited to Iraq, encourages all its citizens to inform themselves through official channels about the measures in place in their region.


Latest announcement on COVID-19

12.05.2020 — Position Iraq
On 10 May 2020, the government of Iraq decided to change the hours of the nationwide curfew to 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. until the end of Ramadan. A total lockdown is being applied on Fridays and Saturdays. A full curfew will also be applied during Eid Al Fitr holidays.  


Announcement on recent government measures COVID-19

07.05.2020 — Position Iraq

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 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).

  • Based on even and odd numbered license plates, vehicles are allowed on roads and public highways on alternate days.

  • As a general rule, people should stay at home and go out only when absolutely necessary. Residents have to comply with social distancing rules. 

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. 

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

Following the easing of measures by the Jordanian government, the Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan, accredited to Iraq, will resume certain consular services starting from 10 May 2020. Clients can contact the Embassy by email (amman@eda.admin.ch) or by phone (+962 6 593 1416) during regular working hours. The Embassy will not receive clients without prior appointment. Wearing a mask during the meeting is mandatory. In case of a consular emergency outside working hours, please contact the Embassy (+962 79 240 7365) or the Helpline of the FDFA (+41 800 24 7 365 or +41 58 465 33 33). 

In accordance with the decision of the Swiss Federal Council from 16 March 2020, no Schengen or national visas are being issued until 15 June 2020.  

Swiss citizens or persons with permanent residence in Switzerland wishing to return home are invited to contact the Embassy. 

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 please read the previous announcements of the Embassy. 


Updated Information on COVID-19

30.04.2020 — Position Iraq

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. 



Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic

16.04.2020 — Position Iraq

The government of Iraq has extended the nationwide curfew until the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan (23 April 2020) in order to continue containing the spread of the COVID-19, according to an official statement published by the Ministry of Health yesterday (15.04.20).

Furthermore, the Kurdistan Regional Government has decided in a virtual session of the Council of Ministers yesterday (15.04.20) to extend the public holiday in the Kurdistan Region until 2 May 2020 at least (closure of government institutions and agencies, schools and universities). 

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.


Updated Announcement regarding Coronavirus

09.04.2020 — Position Iraq

The government of Iraq has extended the nationwide curfew until 18 April 2020 in order to continue containing the spread of the COVID-19, according to its official statement published yesterday (08.04.20). 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.

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