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Health care

Vaccinations

Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera 2
malaria 3
Typhoid & Polio 4
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Overview

The level of medical care in large parts of the country is currently insufficient, either technically or in terms of personnel. Not all drugs are safely available. The Kurdish autonomous regions in the north are an exception. Comparatively better care is guaranteed there. Western European standards are often not reached there either. Medical treatment or hospital stays must be paid for immediately in cash. Taking out travel health insurance with emergency repatriation is therefore strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Note: There is little reliable specialist information about the medical options in Iraq. Check directoryaah for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who want to enter within 6 days of staying in an infected area designated by the WHO. [2] A vaccination certificate against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a risk of infection, especially in the areas of Anbar, Babel, Baghdad, Basrah, Diala, Kerbala, Misan, Muthana, Najaf, Ninewa, Qadissiya, Salahudin, Tameem, Thi Qar, Wasit. To protect oneself, one should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. [3] Mean malaria risk in rural areas below 1. 500 m to the north in Duhok, Erbil, Kirkuk, Ninewa, Sulaimaniya and Ta’min provinces and to the south in Basrah province; little or no risk in the rest of the country and cities. The less dangerous malaria species Plasmodium vivax predominates. Recommendation: Mosquito repellent and emergency medication below 1500 m. [4] Travelers who have stayed in Iraq for 4 weeks or longer are requested by the WHO to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis upon departure and to have this entered in their vaccination card. as well as in the south in the province of Basrah; little or no risk in the rest of the country and cities. The less dangerous malaria species Plasmodium vivax predominates. Recommendation: Mosquito repellent and emergency medication below 1500 m. [4] Travelers who have stayed in Iraq for 4 weeks or longer are requested by the WHO to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis upon departure and to have this entered in their vaccination card. as well as in the south in the province of Basrah; little or no risk in the rest of the country and cities. The less dangerous malaria species Plasmodium vivax predominates. Recommendation: Mosquito repellent and emergency medication below 1500 m. [4] Travelers who have stayed in Iraq for 4 weeks or longer are requested by the WHO to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis upon departure and to have this entered in their vaccination card.

Food and drink

Due to the increased risk of intestinal infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized or bought packaged before drinking, brushing your teeth and making ice cubes. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Unpasteurized milk should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Dairy products made from unboiled milk should not be consumed. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Eating raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Eating and buying food from cheap street restaurants and markets is discouraged.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Schistosomiasis pathogens occur in some ponds and rivers (level between the Euphrates and Tigris to Basra in the south, rice-growing areas in the north), so swimming and wading in inland waters should be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. There is a low risk of serious respiratory infections from the coronavirus (MERS-CoV, the acronym for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus). It is unclear exactly where and how people in different countries can get infected. Close contact with camels and bats should be avoided as they are suspected to be carriers of disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that very close contact with sick people can also lead to transmission from person to person. Hepatitis A occurs, hepatitis B is endemic. Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended, for long-term stays and children and young people also against heptitis B. HIV/AIDS is a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: Unprotected sexual contacts, piercings, tattoos, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Kala Azar occurs sporadically. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Leishmaniasis occurs nationwide. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. rabies occurs. Carriers include stray dogs and cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tuberculosis occurs nationwide. Infection occurs from person to person via droplet infection. Carriers include stray dogs and cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tuberculosis occurs nationwide. Infection occurs from person to person via droplet infection. Carriers include stray dogs and cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tuberculosis occurs nationwide. Infection occurs from person to person via droplet infection. Tuberculosis occurs nationwide. Infection occurs from person to person via droplet infection. Tuberculosis occurs nationwide. Infection occurs from person to person via droplet infection.

Health certificate

All persons, except those arriving on a tourist visa, must have an HIV test within 10 days of arrival. After that, the HIV test must be repeated every 90 days. HIV test results that you carry with you can be accepted if they are no more than 3 months old and have been certified by the Iraqi embassy in your home country. These regulations can change at short notice. Information can be obtained from the responsible consular representation.

Money

Currency

1 Iraqi dinar. Currency code: ID, IQD (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 25,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, 500, 250, 50 ID, coins in denominations of 100 and 25 ID. The new Iraqi dinar is printed anti-counterfeiting.

Credit cards

Are generally hardly accepted as a means of payment at the moment, even larger hotels usually require cash payment in foreign currency.

ATMs

Bank cards With a credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs, mostly in larger cities. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and financial institutions.Warning: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank before they travel whether they can use their card.

Travelers cheques

Travelers Checks are not accepted in Iraq.

Bank opening hours

Sat-Wed 08.00-12.00, Thu 08.00-11.00. Banks close at 10am during Ramadan and religious holidays.

Foreign exchange regulations

Local and foreign currency may be imported and exported up to an equivalent value of US$10,000. (Different rules apply to Iraqis and foreigners resident in Iraq.)

Currency Exchange

In certain duty-free shops in Baghdad, you can make purchases in foreign currencies up to a value of US$ 200 within 20 days of arrival upon presentation of your passport. Hotel bills must be paid in hard currency (US Dollars, Euros) at the nearest Rafidain Bank.

Currencies

Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
IQD ID 1 EUR = 1240.50 ID
1 CHF = 1469.20 ID
1 USD = 1182.50 ID

Iraq Money