Announcement on recent government measures COVID-19

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Position, 07.05.2020

The government of Iraq has eased the nationwide curfew in place to contain the spread of the COVID-19 for the duration of the Holy Month of Ramadan (until 22 May 2020). According to the High Commission for Health and Safety, the following rules apply: 

  • The previously established curfew remains in place from 18:00 to 06:00 hours.

  • A partial lifting of the curfew will be enforced from 06:00 to 18:00 hours allowing for essential movements.

  • A total lockdown will be established on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Previously established guidelines to protect the public from exposure to COVID-19 during the partial curfews will remain in effect. Businesses previously exempted from the restrictions during lockdowns will remain the same (e.g. pharmacies and bakeries).

  • Based on even and odd numbered license plates, vehicles are allowed on roads and public highways on alternate days.

  • As a general rule, people should stay at home and go out only when absolutely necessary. Residents have to comply with social distancing rules. 

The Higher Committee for Health and National Safety has decided to impose strict penalties on private and public transportation vehicles and pedestrians not abiding by regulations. 

Governorates are allowed to apply different measures and extensions. Regionally valid curfew hours may therefore differ from this order. 

Following the easing of measures by the Jordanian government, the Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan, accredited to Iraq, will resume certain consular services starting from 10 May 2020. Clients can contact the Embassy by email ( or by phone (+962 6 593 1416) during regular working hours. The Embassy will not receive clients without prior appointment. Wearing a mask during the meeting is mandatory. In case of a consular emergency outside working hours, please contact the Embassy (+962 79 240 7365) or the Helpline of the FDFA (+41 800 24 7 365 or +41 58 465 33 33). 

In accordance with the decision of the Swiss Federal Council from 16 March 2020, no Schengen or national visas are being issued until 15 June 2020.  

Swiss citizens or persons with permanent residence in Switzerland wishing to return home are invited to contact the Embassy. 

The Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan, accredited to Iraq, urges all its citizens in Iraq to follow the instructions of the authorities and abide by the measures taken. For further information please read the previous announcements of the Embassy.