KRG lifts travel ban between Kurdistan Region and Iraqi provinces

File – Three boys wearing face masks walk near Erbil citadel (Anadolu Agency)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sunday announced it would lift a ban imposed on travel between the Region and other Iraqi provinces.

“Normalizing travel between the Kurdistan Region and [other] Iraqi provinces, with adherence to health guidelines,” the KRG interior ministry said in a statement.

The KRG banned travel between the Region and the Iraqi provinces in April as part of measures to contain coronavirus spread, exempting from the decision diplomatic missions, residents of the Region and people who needed treatment in the Region’s hospitals.

Despite the decision, authorities in Sulaimani did not impose the ban on travel, allowing tourists from central and southern provinces of Iraq to enter the province.

Authorities also reopened schools for in-person classes on Sunday, after several months of closure due to the pandemic.

Separately in Erbil and Duhok, authorities announced that wedding and venue halls would be reopened from Monday.

As of Sunday, the Kurdistan Region has recorded more than 160,000 COVID-19 cases, including 4,157 deaths, according to the health ministry.

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