Iraq is located on the northwest of the Persian Gulf in southwest Asia and covers 435,000 sq. kms. The terrain is predominantly low-lying except for the north-east where a mountainous ridge rises on the Turkish-Iranian border. High soil salinity reduces the amount of arable land and much of the country is desert.

The climate is mainly arid with summers very hot and dry and often cold winters. The south west desert region is extremely dry. Temperatures in Baghdad vary from 10°C in January to 38°C in July.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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