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Iraq : When and where to go?
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Iraq: Climate & Weather
Iraq is the hottest countries in the Arabian Peninsula and its continental climate is divided into two seasons: a hot, dry season from May to October with temperatures up to 50 ° C in June and a season cooler from November to April.
17.6°C - 63.7°F
Baghdad, updated 03:34 GMT
What to do in Iraq
Considered the cradle of civilization, Iraq is home to thousands of archaeological sites, some of which have not yet been explored. However, the years of war have greatly deteriorated this incomparable cultural heritage, and some losses are unfortunately irretrievable.
In Baghdad, there is the famous National Museum of Archeology, in the center of the city, which has been targeted and damaged, and lost thousands of valuable pieces. You can also see the Abbasid palace, dating from 1179, and turned into a museum, which was bombed in 1991, as well as the al-Mustnasiriya school, dating from 1232, which suffered the same fate.
The city of Ctesiphon, south of Baghdad, is undoubtedly the first village in the history and was also the capital of the Persians: you will admire an immense brick arch (30 meters high) that has existed for 2000 years. To preserve this unique work, it was reconstituted a part and supported with buttresses in 2007.
Other sites damaged by the bombing of 1991, the ziggurat d 'Ur, dating back to 3000 BC, the Assinbanipal palace in Nineveh, a Mosul church dating back to the 10th century, and ancient villages which have Destroyed and shaved.
To the northeast of Baghdad, Samarra is a famous place for Shi'ite pilgrims, and there are ruins dating back to the Abbasid dynasty, especially those of the Al-Mutaxakkil mosque, which make this site classified To the UNESCO heritage.
Iraq : The basics
A visa is required to enter Iraq, as well as a passport valid for another 6 months and a return ticket. The visa is to be requested at least 45 days before departure and you are not sure to get it in the current context.
The current currency is the Iraqi dinar (IQD).
You can travel to Iraq by plane from Paris, either towards Baghdad or via Basra via Doha.
All displacements in the country are dangerous and strongly discouraged.
Daily life: Adhere to traditions and do not wear short or low-cut dresses or shorts. Do not consume alcohol in public places.
Health: there is no compulsory vaccination, but it is advisable to have its universal vaccinations up to date, and to add those against typhoid and hepatitis A and B. The risk of cholera is also present, and Is better to wash your hands very frequently, drink bottled water and eat well cooked food. Protect yourself against mosquitoes.
Security: The Foreign Ministry strongly discourages any tourist move in Iraq at the moment. Violence is ongoing and attacks are frequent. Even the road from Baghdad to its international airport must only be used in an armored vehicle and under escort. If you are going to Iraq, report to the embassy or consulate. (Consult the safety instructions on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Shopping: if you can bring back souvenirs, you will have the choice between ceramics, pottery, copper objects, carpets.