Travel Advice Update – Middle East
The Department of Foreign Affairs has reviewed its travel advice for the Middle East, taking into account the positions of other EU Member States.
Irish citizens resident in or intending to travel to certain parts of the Middle East should be aware of the risk of military conflict and terrorist action and should exercise extreme caution in their movements. They should monitor developments in the region closely and maintain a high level of vigilance.
Irish citizens residing in the region are strongly advised to register with their nearest Irish Embassy. They should also ensure that their travel documents are in order.
The Department will continue to monitor the situation closely and citizens should be aware that this travel advice may be subject to change at short notice.
Irish citizens are strongly advised against travel to Iraq and any Irish citizens in the country are urged to leave immediately. In the event of a conflict, the Department will not be in a position to provide consular assistance to Irish citizens in Iraq.
Israel and the Occupied territories
Irish citizens are advised against non-essential travel to Israel and Irish citizens in Israel are advised to monitor the situation closely and to maintain regular contact with the Irish Embassy in Tel Aviv. Irish citizens in Israel should ensure that their travel documents are in order.
Irish citizens are advised against all travel to the West Bank and Gaza, and Irish citizens in the Occupied Territories are advised to leave.
Irish citizens are advised against non-essential travel to Kuwait and Irish citizens resident in Kuwait are advised to leave unless they consider their presence there essential.
Citizens who choose to remain in Kuwait should register their continued presence with the Irish Embassy in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain
Irish citizens are advised against non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain.
Irish citizens residing in these countries are advised to ensure that they are registered with the Irish Embassy in Riyadh and to consider whether their continued presence there is essential. They should also ensure that their travel documents are in order.