Indian travelers, be alert! MEA issues travel advisory for Iraq

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Indian travelers, be alert! If you have been planning to travel to Iraq, take note of MEA’s travel advisory! Any and all plans of leisure travel to Iraq can be postponed for another date. The Ministry of External Affairs has issued a travel advisory and tweeted the same to all citizens, asking them to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq.

Official spokesperson of Union Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar on Wednesday has tweeted that all Indian nationals should avoid any non-essential visit to Iraq until the ministry issues any further information. Also, Indians living in Iraq have to also remain alert about the current situation and avoid travel within the country.

Kumar has also informed that Indian embassies in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil would function normally for any assistance to Indian citizens.

The government has also advised India-based airlines to avoid the airspace of Iraq, Iran and the Gulf, ANI has reported.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation told ANI that a meeting with all the airlines concerned has taken place, in which the carriers have been sensitized towards the issue. The body has asked the airlines to remain vigilant and take all the necessary precautions.

More details are awaited.