20 February 2020 – Flights to Iran suspended

Type of Intervention: Advisory, Regulation
Sectors Involved: Immigration, Aviation, Tourism
Intervention Categories: International travel measures
Level of Jurisdiction: Federal
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Transport

Overview: Ministry of Health requested the closure of the Iraq-Iran borders. As a precautionary measure against Covid19, the ministry of transport announced the suspension of all Iraqi airways flights to Iran after Iran reported its first death in the city of Qom. An exception was given to the diplomatic delegates following a medical examination.
Full details here: https://middle-east-online.com/العراق-يعلق-الرحلات-الجوية-إلى-إيران-خوفا-من-كورونا

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat to the country
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: First deaths recorded in Iranian city of Qom