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{{warningbox|The political situation in Iraq remains extremely unstable, even though the war was officially declared as over in December 2017. Travelling there remains '''extremely dangerous''' and '''strongly discouraged'''. All foreigners are still in danger of kidnapping, murder, and general armed violence. Although the northeast provinces which comprise [[Iraqi Kurdistan]] can be considered ''relatively'' safe for foreigners, the margins for errors are small. Sporadic violence can occur anywhere in the country. Tensions have risen especially in the beginning of 2020, with many Western countries recommending its citizens leave immediately due to the threat of a '''war breaking out or spilling over at any moment'''.
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{{warningbox|The political situation in Iraq remains extremely unstable, even though the war was officially declared as over in December 2017. Travelling there remains '''extremely dangerous''' and '''strongly discouraged'''. All foreigners are still in danger of kidnapping, murder, and general armed violence. Tourism visas for Iraq are not being granted except for the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Although the northeast provinces which comprise [[Iraqi Kurdistan]] can be considered ''relatively'' safe for foreigners, the margins for errors are small. Sporadic violence can occur anywhere in the country.  
  
If you must travel, then remain cautious '''at all times''', and consult your embassy before you leave. For further information, see '''[[war zone safety]]'''.
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If you must visit, then remain cautious '''at all times''', and consult your embassy before you leave. For further information, see '''[[war zone safety]]'''.
 
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
The legal drinking/purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is '''10'''.
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The legal drinking/purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is '''18'''.
  
 
Alcohol is widely available and street vendors can usually get alcohol if you really need it, but again this is just asking to be identified as an outsider. Furthermore, while alcohol is legal many insurgent groups in Iraq have targeted alcohol vendors and drinkers.
 
Alcohol is widely available and street vendors can usually get alcohol if you really need it, but again this is just asking to be identified as an outsider. Furthermore, while alcohol is legal many insurgent groups in Iraq have targeted alcohol vendors and drinkers.
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===LGBT visitors===
 
===LGBT visitors===
Homosexual private acts are technically legal after the US changed the law, but this change is often ignored and the legalisation of homosexuality is ignored. Discrimination, abuse, honour killings, and murder are still common. Despite private acts being legal, the Iraq police have been known to carry out lethal attacks on anyone believed to be lesbian, gay, bi, or trans. Attacks on anyone LGBT had risen greatly after the global withdrawal from Iraq and with ISIS invasion, and while ISIS was defeated in 2017 in Iraq, lethal threats remain for LGBT visitors. Open same-sex behaviour is emphatically discouraged, those publicly LGBT should stay out of Iraq.
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Homosexual private acts are technically legal after the US changed the law, but this change is often ignored and the legalisation of homosexuality is ignored. Discrimination, abuse, honour killings, and murder are still common. Despite private acts being legal, the Iraq police have been known to carry out lethal attacks on anyone believed to be lesbian, gay, bi, or trans. Attacks on anyone LGBT had risen greatly after the global withdrawal from Iraq and with ISIS invasion. But ISIS was defeated in 2017 in Iraq
  
 
==Stay healthy==
 
==Stay healthy==

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