Keep watching this page for updates on the current situation in the Kurdistan Region. For information on what the coronavirus is and how to protect yourself against it, see Coronavirus: What you should know.
The global spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a rapidly evolving situation. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) measures for continuous observation are in place, and dedicated facilities have been set up to handle and contain any cases should they arise, please contact the Ministry of Health’s hotline number when you see the symptoms in any person. Only the Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization is qualified to confirm any case of COVID-19.
Cases in the Kurdistan Region
The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring for any cases of COVID-19.
(Updated 15:00, 21 September 2021)
COVID-19: Kurdistan Region at a Glance*
Total confirmed cases: 321,359
Total recovered: 287,601
Total deaths: 5,732
Total active cases: 28,026
*Data include confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) since 1 March 2020.
COVID–19: Potential cases tested in the Kurdistan Region*
Potential cases tested
* This table shows the number of potential cases tested and the number of cases confirmed in the Kurdistan Region, via the Ministry of Health surveillance systems.
What the KRG is doing
To protect the people of the Kurdistan Region against the spread of the coronavirus, the government and related ministries are taking the following steps:
Movement within the Kurdistan Region
Travel between the Kurdistan Region and other provinces of Iraq
- Travel between the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi provinces will continue to be prohibited. A travel exception will be given to the following people traveling between the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi provinces if they present valid PCR test results at relevant checkpoints:
- Employees from United Nations bodies and agencies, international organizations, the coalition forces, diplomats, and formal delegations
- Kurdistan Region residents coming back from other provinces of Iraq;
- Patients who are in urgent need of medical care in the Kurdistan Region;
Schools and Colleges
- Schools and institutions of the Ministry of Education will open after the Holy Month of Ramadan once the health situation and the effects of coronavirus have been evaluated.
Post-Secondary Education and Scientific Research
- Universities currently administering exams will continue and carefully follow health guidelines.
- Classes will continue online.
- Technical classes will continue on campus and follow health guidelines.
- The Kurdistan Regional Government will continue to provide its citizens with the latest information regarding the pandemic on an ongoing and daily basis through relevant government agencies and with the help of the media.
- Residents of the Kurdistan Region should follow official health guidelines and self-protection procedures, including mask-wearing and keeping a distance of 1.5 meters between individuals.
- Anyone who does not wear a mask in public indoor areas will be fined 20,000 dinars according to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s procedures.
- The High Committee for Combating Covid-19 urges the media to cooperate in raising awareness and informing the citizens of the Kurdistan Region that the failure of these directives will result in the government being forced to take stricter measures.
- This decree is to be enacted on 27 July 2021 at 12:00 AM and published on the “Waqayi Kurdistan” newspaper.
- This decree is valid for a week. The High Committee for Combating Covid-19 will hold another meeting on 03 August 2021 to reevaluate the Covid-19 situation in the Kurdistan Region.
Traveling from India
- Travel to India for Iraqi citizens and entry of foreign passport holders into the Kurdistan Region, at all border points, for those who have been in India since April 20 is prohibited. Iraqi citizens who are returning from India will be separated from other travelers and be tested for the coronavirus and will have to quarantine according to the Ministry of Health regulations.
- Any party on social media spreading disinformation or discouraging adherence with official health guidelines and self-protection measures will be subject to legal action through the General Prosecutor.
- The Kurdistan Regional Government will continue its awareness campaign through all forms of media, including news outlets, in accordance with reform #4 on commercial laws from 2019, and with the participation of all relevant authorities within the government, the private sector, as well as public figures to encourage adherence with health guidelines.
- Drivers of commercial vehicles must adhere to the mask-wearing directive when there are passengers onboard, under penalty of a 20,000 Iraqi Dinar fine per case for the driver.
- Public and shared transportation must adhere to the instructions of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Health, or face a 100,000 dinars fine, per case.
Recreational and social activities
- All social gatherings, celebrations and party halls will remain prohibited until further notices.
- All conferences and conventions will remain prohibited until further notices.
- Movie theaters will remain closed across all cities and towns of the Kurdistan Region.
- Funerals and burials will continue to be prohibited and relevant authorities are responsible for enforcing guidelines. Anyone caught violating official health guidelines will be given a 2,000,000 (two million) Iraqi Dinar fine.
- This decree will remain in effect from 30 March 2021 at 9:00 PM until further notices.
Private sector Institutions
- Businesses and their employees must wear masks indoors and follow measures implemented by each business, or a 150,000 dinar fine will be given to owners.
Public spaces, shops, restaurants
- Citizens should not be allowed to enter public spaces without a mask. Any location caught violating these rules will be closed for 10 days and the owner will be fined 1,000,000 dinars.
- Restaurants and cafes should offer their services outdoors. In case there is no outdoor space available, the number of guests inside must be limited, windows and doors must be kept open at all times, and tables should be placed at a socially safe distance from each other (no less than 2 meters).
- Restaurants and cafes are not allowed to offer shisha services. Those who fail to adhere to the directives will be fined 5,000,000 (five million) Iraqi Dinars and have their business shut down for one week.
- All public places, such as markets, malls, restaurants, and hotels must have their employees either vaccinated or conduct a coronavirus test on a 72-hour basis. Those who fail to adhere to the directives will be fined and have their business shut down.
- Swimming pools and sport centers will remain open under the condition of following strict health guidelines.
Mosques and other religious places
- Mosques, churches, and all places of worship will reopen and allow the performance of the obligatory prayers following the strict guidelines set by the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs. Any place that fails to adhere to the directives will be shut down.
- All places of worship must have their employees either vaccinated or conduct a coronavirus test on a 72-hour basis.
The work of the official administrations of the Kurdistan Region
- The work of the government offices will continue from Sunday to Thursday.
- Heads of offices of the Kurdistan Regional Government will be appointed to identify the required amount of work for employees to maintain operations and to determine a shift system to prevent a lapse in public services.
- All employees of the Kurdistan Regional Government must be vaccinated and wear masks during work hours. Any employee that fails to adhere to the directives will face disciplinary procedures. The directives will be monitored and evaluated by a joint committee of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Interior, and the Department of Coordination and Follow-up.
- Fully vaccinated individuals are still obliged to wear masks during work hours.
- Operation rooms in governorates and autonomous administrations must follow these directives and will be given the authority to take stricter measures if necessary.
- The fingerprinting and biometric system will be suspended in all offices and the arrival and departure of employees will be recorded in a separate manner.
- All ministries and offices will constrain staff to essential staff only.
- Anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus must quarantine for the period of time specified by the Ministry of Health.
Kurdistan areas outside the administration of the region
- Citizens of the Kurdish areas outside the administration of the Kurdistan Regional Government must also follow official health guidelines to protect themselves from COVID-19.
- If caught violating guidelines of the Ministry of Health, measures will be taken by the following authorities:
- The committees of the municipality of the province and autonomous administration.
- The police.
- The director of the administration’s office.
- The traffic police.
- The courts.
- Those who fail to comply with health guidelines will be handed over to the nearest police station for legal action under Article #240 of the Iraqi Penal Code # 111 of 1969, in accordance with Article #110 of the Penal Code # 23, 1971.
Dedicated Health Centers
- Dedicated health centers are set up in all provinces of the Kurdistan Region to help identify and treat coronavirus infections and provide necessary care.
Healthcare in IDP and refugee camps
- The Kurdistan Regional Government and relevant parties must follow official health guidelines in camps and coordinate with relevant international organizations.
Traveling to the Kurdistan region
- People who return to the Kurdistan Region will be required to quarantine at home or in a hotel room. Failure to follow the rules will result in a one million dinars (1,000,000 dinars) fine. If they test positive and infected others, treatment cost will be on the initial party, and additional legal procedures may be taken against them, subject to both articles (368-369) of the Iraqi Penal Code No. 111 of 1969.
- All travelers who are entering the Kurdistan Region of Iraq must either show that they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative 48 hours prior to departure.
- Any traveling agency that shows fake negative Covid-19 test results will be banned from traveling to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
- Citizens of the Kurdistan Region and foreigners who tests positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined for the period of time set by the Ministry of Health.
- Coronavirus tests will be administered at border crossings to people entering the Kurdistan Region, and must test negative for the coronavirus.
- Provinces, independent administrations, and all other high-ranking officials are expected to enforce regulations and take responsibility regarding the implementation of these directives.
- Iraqi citizens traveling from India must undertake a PCR test upon their return, as well as self-isolate (quarantine) for a period of 14 days in designated locations as agreed upon by the Health Ministry.
- Foreigners and non-Iraqi nationals who have traveled to India since 1 June, 2021 must undertake a PCR test upon arrival to the Kurdistan Region, as well as self-isolate (quarantine) for a period of 14 days in designated locations as agreed upon by the Health Ministry.
- This decree is in effect starting 31 August, 2021 and will be published on the “Waqayi Kurdistan” newspaper.