Travel health

Middle East (Asia) Iraq

Population
40,194,000
Capital
Baghdad
Currency
Iraqi dinar (IQD)
Language(s)
Arabic, Kurdish

During your stay

Once there, stay alert as you could be exposed to other diseases for which no vaccines or preventive treatments areavailable.

Schistosomiasis
Schistosomiasis is present in certain regions of the country. Avoid all contact with fresh water (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).

Assistance abroad

It is recommended that travellers purchase a travel insurance policy that includes a 24-hour emergency assistanceservice to help them access care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have your insurance company’s phone number withyou at all times.

It is also recommended that you sign up for the “Registration of Canadians Abroad” service. This is a free servicethat allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or at home. The service alsoenables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest. For moreinformation, visit the Government of Canada website at:travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration.

The Canadian Government has several offices abroad that can provide you with various services when faced with amedical emergency, including:

  • Providing you with names of doctors and health care facilities.
  • Visiting you in the hospital and providing translation/interpretation services.
  • Arranging for a medical evacuation if you require treatment that is not available in the area (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government but are usually covered by your travel insurance).

If you need any help while travelling, contact:

Emergency services

There is no centralized number to reach emergency services. Research the contact information for local police and medical facilities, and carry it with you.

Consular services

Baghdad - Embassy of Canada
  • British Embassy Compound, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq
  • +964 783 303 5357
  • BGHDD.Consular@international.gc.ca

Make sure that your passport is valid for the entire duration of your stay. Several countries also requiretravelers’ passports to be valid up to six months beyond the expected return date.

Recommended vaccines

Below is a list of immunizations (vaccines) and screenings recommended or required by local health authorities forCanadians travelling to this destination. Note that these are general recommendations. For a personalized protectionprogram adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a Travel Health Clinic. If you need several vaccines,plan ahead and give yourself several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

General vaccination and immunization
Vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis and measles are part of Canada's routine immunization schedule. Check to make sure that you have been vaccinated and that you have received the required booster doses. Special recommendations may apply to poliomyelitis, refer to the specialized agencies.
Hepatitis A
Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.
Hepatitis B
Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.
Rabies
Vaccination is recommended for certain groups of travellers only. This includes people who will work there as veterinarians, wildlife workers or spelunkers, as well as adventure travellers. Vaccination is also recommended for children in special circumstances.
Typhoid fever
Most travellers should consider vaccination. Transmission occurs via the fecal-oral route, especially through the ingestion of contaminated food or water.
Yellow fever
A vaccination certificate may be required for certain travellers.