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  • The U.S. Consul General Joseph Pennington welcomes the alumni commemorating the 75th anniversary of State Department sponsored exchanges at "Alumni Reunion 2015" in the Kurdish Textile Museum at Erbil Citadel.

    The U.S. Consul General Joseph Pennington welcomes the alumni commemorating the 75th anniversary of State Department sponsored exchanges at "Alumni Reunion 2015" in the Kurdish Textile Museum at Erbil Citadel.

  • CG Pennington (middle) accompanied by MTom Malinowski addresses a full house in Erbil(DoS Photo)

    U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski addresses a full house in Erbil on February 11, 2015.

  • People playing musical chairs. (Photo Credit: State Department)

    Consul General Delivers Items to Ankawa Youth Sports Center

  • CG Pennington and Minister Sardar discuss humanitarian assistance needs. (Consulate Image)

    Consul General, KRG Minister Welcome Humanitarian Assistance Cargo Plane to Erbil

  • Two men stand, talking in front of an airplane (Photo credit: Department of State)

    CG Pennington and Erbil Governor Hadi look on as UNHCR winterization kits arrive in Erbil.

Recent News on Iraq

Recent News on Iraq

Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

  • Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens (April 18, 2015)
    As a result of an explosion on April 17, 2015 in the Ankawa neighborhood in Erbil, and the security presence in the immediate area, Consulate General Erbil will temporarily suspend visa services on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens June 16, 2014
    As a result of ongoing instability and violence in certain areas of Iraq, Embassy Baghdad is reviewing its staffing requirements in consultation with the State Department.  Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated – both to our Consulate Generals in Basrah and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman.  Overall, a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the Embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.

     The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Iraq because of current safety and security concerns. For complete information please visit Security Message for U.S. Citizens.

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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