Iraq Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 28, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to remind American citizens that Iraq
remains dangerous and the security conditions remain unstable, and that
there is a new category of exemptions to restrictions on use of U.S.
passports for travel to Iraq. The U.S. Government continues to urge all
U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Iraq. This replaces the Travel Warning of
February 19, 2003.
At present, Coalition Forces are working with the Iraqi people to provide
security and restore basic services in Iraq. While conditions throughout
Iraq are stabilizing, some areas remain unsettled.
The U.S. Interests Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in
Baghdad remains closed. No consular services are available for U.S.
citizens in Iraq at this time. Because police and civil structures are in
the process of being rebuilt, U.S. citizens may have little recourse to
these entities in emergency situations.
U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in or through Iraq, unless they
are validated by the Department of State, with the limited exceptions for 1)
American professional reporters and journalists on assignment in Iraq, 2)
certain persons providing humanitarian services in support of the Iraqi
people, or U.S. Government personnel and contractors on official assignment
in Iraq, and 3) U.S. citizens residing in Iraq since February 1, 1991. For
further information, please contact the Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Passport Services, U.S. Department of State, 2401 E St., NW, 9th Floor,
Washington, D.C. 20522-0907, Attn: Office of Passport Policy and Advisory
Services, telephone 202-663-2662, fax 202-663-2654.
Updated information on travel and security in Iraq may be obtained from the
Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, and,
from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens who plan to travel to or
remain in Iraq despite this Travel Warning should consult the Department of
State's latest consular information sheet for Iraq and the Worldwide Caution
Public Announcement, which are available on the Department's Internet site