Travelling safely: preparation


Mar 2018


Travel preparation and planning in advance will give you a feeling of control and peace of mind. Travelling to Iraq is not like going on holiday where you have the option of being spontaneous or booking last minute health insurance. Detailed itineraries and inventories are what will keep you safe but will also keep your security detail informed of your plans to be able to support you while in country.

Looking ahead

  • Research your destination – customs, culture, language, dos and don’ts.
  • Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or other country consulates for the latest travel advice: 
  • Seek advice and ask infinite questions from your in-country security team (our team will happily guide you in every detail before you travel).
  • Register with your local embassy or consulate.
  • Plan your route carefully, choosing the best mode of direct travel and safe accommodation (Riverside offers secure and comfortable accommodation in central Baghdad).

Personal preparation

  • Is your passport valid? Photocopy its basic information.
  • Keep your passport safe and the photocopy separate, giving a copy to a close relative or HR Manager as well.
  • Distribute your risk – credit cards, travellers’ cheques and other important documents should be separated.
  • Get some local currency.
  • Conceal all other valuables. Take only the credit cards you intend to use.
  • Take extra medication and prescriptions – carry prescriptions with you.
  • Ensure you have the right inoculations.
  • Take with you details of blood type, allergies and medical conditions etc.
  • Check that you have any medical or travel insurance paperwork or cards with you and make sure they are in date.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone you trust.
  • Have your destination written in Arabic so you can give it to people for help.
  • Remember to take your mobile phone charger – keep your battery charged up.
  • Pre-store on your mobile phone any useful numbers you might need.
  • Keep the number of a friend, trusted contact or local consulate with you at all times. Memorise it.

Our next post will focus on travel and hotels while in Iraq.

For any further travel queries about Iraq before travelling, get in touch with us by emailing