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Category 1 – Extreme Risk: All other areas of Iraq

Category 2 – High Risk: Kurdistan Region border areas; Southern governorates

Category 3 – Medium Risk: Kurdistan Region

The risk ratings above are in accordance with the UT Restricted Regions List. If you are traveling to this location, please refer to the guidelines for Requesting Travel Authorization to Restricted Regions.

IMPORTANT: Iraq is not covered by UT’s International SOS policy. Travelers must contact to find out how to ensure that adequate emergency assistance coverage is available.

Before beginning the request process, we encourage you to visit the following websites to gain a better understanding of the risks associated with travel to this country:

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Links to International News Sources

BBC - Iraq Country Profile
Reuters - World
CNN - Iraq
NPR - Iraq
NY Times - Iraq
The Washington Post - Iraq
The Huffington Post - Iraq
MSNBC - Iraq
The Economist - Iraq
Al-Jazeera - Middle East

The well-being of UT students, faculty, and staff is the primary concern of the UT-Austin International Oversight Committee. We realize that some areas of the world present heightened health, safety, and security risks, and so the resources above are provided to help UT travelers make informed decisions regarding their international travel.