• In light of the turmoil in Iraq, India has issued a travel advisory to avoid “non-essential” travel to that country.
  • “In view of the prevailing situation in Iraq,” as a precautionary measure, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued a travel advisory -“Indian nationals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notification,” the Ministry said.
  • The travel advisory also advised Indian nationals residing in Iraq “to be alert and may avoid travel within Iraq”.
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked Indian airline companies to remain vigilant and take all precautions in airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman and waters of Persian Gulf, hours after a Ukrainian International airlines carrying about 180 passengers crashed near Tehran in Iran.
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