On Saturday, voters in Iraq will head to the polls for a national election. The security situation in Iraq remains volatile and fragile – violence can erupt without warning and terrorism is a daily threat. There is a very real possibility that this vote could trigger further violence, and terrorist attacks are likely.

The Iraqi Government is closing all land and air borders for 24 hours from 12.01am on 12 May. Please factor this in to your travel risk management plan. Make sure you have key contact information available and stored in an offline location. Rehearse your plans for what happens in case anything goes awry.

We have pulled together some travel advice, as well as some headlines and links, to provide you with further information.

Travel advisories

From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • Anbar province
  • Ninewah province
  • Salah-Al-Din province
  • Diyala province
  • Tam’mim (Kirkuk) province
  • in Erbil province, south of Road 80, and within 10km of the border with Ninewah province between Road 80 and Road 2

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Iraq, including the remainder of the Kurdistan region.

On 12 May 2018, national elections will take place in Iraq. There will be a heightened security presence across the country over the weekend. Terrorists may try to disrupt the elections by carrying out attacks. The Government of Iraq has announced the closure of all land and air borders for 24 hours from 12.01am on 12 May. If you’re due to travel to or from Iraq on this date, you’re advised to contact your airline or travel company for advice on alternative arrangements and amend your plans accordingly.

Please click through to read the rest of the advisory.

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