Reuters Essam Al Sudani
On Thursday, the Iraqi authorities decided to close the Shalamcheh land crossing with Iran, in implementation of the travel ban and to prevent the spread and transmission of the new strain of Corona virus to Iraq.
Hakim Al-Mayahi, a member of the Anti-Corona Crisis Cell in Basra, said, “The local government in the province closed the Shalamcheh port with Iran to the movement of travelers, and canceled all travel exceptions, including patients and students.”
Al-Mayahi confirmed that the movement of travelers at the crossing had completely stopped, but he pointed out that “the Shalamjah port is still open to the movement of commercial goods throughout the week without stopping, with strict preventive and health measures taken.”
On Tuesday, the Iraqi government announced a 14-day travel ban to and from 8 countries, including Iran, with the exception of receiving Iraqi arrivals, and the closure of all border crossings to and from the countries covered by the ban, starting today.