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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.

Updated announcement based on new government measures

29.03.2020 — Position Iraq
On 26 March 2020, the government of Iraq decided to extend the nationwide curfew until 11 April 2020 in order to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from spreading. Schools, universities, shopping centres and other large gathering places will remain closed, as will the country's international airports.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Important Announcement

24.03.2020 — Local news Iraq
In order to contain the global COVID-19 outbreak, the government of Iraq as well as regional authorities have taken increasingly severe measures. The government’s crisis cell has notably announced a nationwide curfew until 28 March 2020. It has also extended the current suspension of international flights from and to Iraq until the same date.

Syria crisis: Switzerland to make a further CHF 4 million available to the UN World Food Programme

10.12.2014 — Press release EDA
Switzerland continues its commitment to the victims of the crisis in Syria. The Confederation’s Humanitarian Aid is to support the UN World Food Programme with a further CHF 4 million. This amount is part of an additional credit line of CHF 20 million pledged by the Federal Council, bringing Switzerland’s humanitarian aid to the victims of the crisis in Syria to a total of CHF 122 million.

Foreign terrorist Fighters: an increasing threat

25.11.2014 — Press release EDA
A conference on challenges related to the phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters is taking place from 25-27 November in Brussels. The event is jointly organised by the Swiss Confederation and the European Commission, in close consultation with the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate (UNCTED).

Thousand winter tents en route for Iraq

10.11.2014 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has dispatched a further relief aid to northern Iraq. One thousand tents, as well as blankets and other goods are being transported by lorry to the city of Erbil in northern Iraq and will arrive between 11 and 24 November 2014. The aid materials have a value of CHF 1 million and are intended to help people survive the winter.

Ebola, Syria and Iraq crises: the Federal Council grants an additional CHF 40 million

29.10.2014 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council wishes to strengthen Switzerland's support for Ebola victims and crisis-hit populations in Syria and Iraq. This Wednesday it decided to grant an additional CHF 40 million, which will be used equally in order to tackle these humanitarian crises. Part of this contribution will be financed by the FDFA, via the SDC. For the remaining CHF 17.5 million, the Federal Council is seeking approval from Parliament for additional funds.

Conference on the Syrian refugee situation: President Burkhalter highlights urgent need for aid

28.10.2014 — Press release EDA
At the conference on the Syrian refugee situation, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, expressed recognition to Syria's neighbouring countries for having taken in around three million people affected by the conflict. He said that Switzerland was prepared to support measures designed to improve the situation of the refugees and that in November Swiss Humanitarian Aid would be sending more cold weather tents to northern Iraq.

Switzerland sends winter equipment for war refugees in Northern Iraq

18.09.2014 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has decided to send relief aid to the greater Erbil area in Northern Iraq. The cargo consists primarily of cold weather tents intended to help people displaced by the war to survive the winter. Today, a specialist from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) is flying to Erbil to prepare for distributing the aid. More specialists from the Swiss cooperation office in Amman will join him on the ground.

Switzerland steps up humanitarian aid for victims in Iraq

15.08.2014 — Press release EDA
Atrocities committed against civilians – specifically by members of the Islamic State group – are precipitating a serious humanitarian crisis. Switzerland is extremely concerned and is responding by offering material assistance to the victims, condemning the serious violations of international law and calling on Iraq to take appropriate measures. Switzerland is currently scaling up its humanitarian assistance.

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