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Last updated: January 2021

As a next step, the case officer should establish whether the applicant can:

Figure 6. Travel and admittance as requirements for IPA.
Safely travel: The requirement of safety of travel in the cities of Baghdad, Basrah and Erbil would in general be considered met. For some profiles, in particular for individuals who may be perceived as associated with ISIL, this requirement should be carefully assessed on an individual basis.
Legally travel: There are in principle no legal restrictions for Iraqis to travel in Iraq, including in the cities of Baghdad, Basrah and Erbil.
Gain admittance to: There are certain administrative restrictions or requirements for persons from previously ISIL-held or conflict-affected areas to be admitted in parts of the country, including the cities of Baghdad, Basrah and Erbil. This refers mostly to requirements for residency, in the case of Baghdad, Basrah and Erbil. Sunni Arabs and in some cases Turkmen men are particularly affected by such requirements. The assessment of whether or not the requirement of gaining admittance is likely to be met, should take into account the individual circumstances of the applicant (ethno-religious background, place of origin, identity documents, security clearance, family status, existing social ties and having a potential sponsor, etc.). The individual case should be assessed based on the most recent COI available.