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  • Official Photo. (State Dept.)

    U.S. Consulate General Erbil Welcomes Consul General Matthias Mitman

  • U.S. Consul General Attended MERI Seminar

    U.S. Consul General Attended MERI Seminar

  • Secretary Kerry(DoS Photo)

    Secretary of State John Kerry: Governments that protect human rights and are accountable to their citizens are more secure, bolster international peace and security, and enjoy shared prosperity with stable democratic countries around the world.

  • Two men talking to children. (Photo Credit: State Dept.)

    Consul General Joseph Pennington talks to Syrian refugee children at a Child-Friendly Space, managed by UNICEF with U.S. support, at the Arbat Refugee camp near Sulaimaniyah on June 14, 2015

  • Pennington speaking with Press (State Dept)

    U.S. Consul General Joseph Pennington speaks to the press while attending the inauguration of Erbil Job Fair 2015, a unique networking opportunity for employers, recruiters, and job seekers in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The Job Fair is sponsored by USAID

Recent News on Iraq

Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

  • Iraq Travel Warning (June 22 , 2015)
    The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has received information indicating that a militant group was conducting surveillance activities in late May against foreign businesses and local companies with western association or that employed foreign workers in Basrah.
  • Iraq Travel Warning (April 29, 2015)

    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation. The Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulates General in Basrah and Erbil are open and operating. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated August 10, 2014.

  • Iraq Travel Warning (August 10, 2014)
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation.

Medical Information for U.S. Citizens

  • U.S. citizens in the region are encouraged to monitor the CDC's guidance relating to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS CoV) and take appropriate precautions as directed by the CDC. For more information, please visit the CDC website located at:

    A resurgence of the polio virus and its rapid spread to new countries prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 5, 2014, to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The WHO recommends certain precautions to international travelers. All travelers to or from the countries currently infected and exporting wild poliovirus -- Pakistan, Cameroon, and the Syrian Arab Republic -- should receive polio vaccinations within twelve months of international travel. U.S. citizens should be aware that they may be subject to additional polio vaccination requirements to enter or exit these countries.

    In addition, WHO declared seven countries -- Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, and Somalia -- infected with wild poliovirus but not currently exporting it. These countries pose an ongoing risk for wild poliovirus exportations in 2014. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in these countries may wish to take additional precautions, including determining if they should receive polio vaccinations prior to international travel.

    For more information, please visit

Job Opportunities


  • The Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program benefiting individuals who have been employed by, or on behalf of, the U.S. government in Iraq has been extended through passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2014. The NDAA authorizes the issuance of 2,500 immigrant visas after January 1, 2014 to qualified principal applicants.
    For the most recent information regarding the SIV program, please visit:

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