MEA advises against non-essential travel to Iraq, asks carriers to avoid airspace of Baghdad, Iran and Gulf

India on Wednesday asked its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq, amid rising tension between Iran and the US after a drone strike by the American military killed their top commander General Qasem Soleimani last week. "In view of the prevailing situation in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notification. Indian nationals residing in Iraq are advised to be alert and may avoid travel within Iraq. Our Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil will continue to function normally to provide all services to Indians residing in Iraq," MEA said in a statement. 

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