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Iraq Extends Ban on Border Crossings by Iranians

Iraq Extends Ban on Border Crossings by Iranians

Sunday, 23 February, 2020 - 11:45
An Iraqi medical staff member checks a passenger's temperature, amid the new coronavirus outbreak, upon his arrival to Shalamcha border crossing between Iraq and Iran, February 20, 2020. (Reuters)
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Iraq has extended an entry ban for any non-Iraqis coming from Iran, the prime minister said, as authorities in Tehran announced 15 more cases of the new coronavirus and a death toll of eight.


Baghdad had banned crossings by non-Iraqis from Iran on Thursday for three days and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday night that the ban would be extended. He did not specify until when.


“The prime minister ordered the ... halting of receiving travelers from Iran except for Iraqis,” his office said in a statement.


Iraq’s health ministry said it had detected no cases in the country.


Iraq has already suspended visas on arrival for Iranian passport holders and direct flights between the two countries.


Iran has suspended religious pilgrimage trips to Iraq.


Kuwait has imposed travel and immigration curbs on Iran, while Oman on Sunday urged its citizens to steer clear of countries with high infection rates and said arrivals from those nations would be quarantined.


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