Iraq insurance – kidnap threat to British nationals
22 May 2014
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a new warning today, 22 May 2014, against ‘possible planned kidnap operations against British nationals’ in Iraq
This new warning is based on intelligence from the US Embassy issued yesterday: The FCO states:
The US Embassy in Baghdad issued an emergency message on 21 May indicating that militant groups may be planning possible kidnap operations against their nationals. This applies equally to British nationals, particularly oil company employees working in Basra province. The groups may be focused on hotels in the Basra area.
The new FCO advice is against all travel to the districts of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of Iraq, except the Kurdistan region.
Special advice for journalists
The FCO goes on to offer special advice for journalists: Foreign journalists have been banned from entering al Anbar province unless they have specific approval from the relevant authorities (including the Iraqi Ministry of Defence and the Anbar Operations Command Centre). International and local journalists have previously been detained in Iraq due to allegations of inadequate paperwork. Journalists should exercise extreme caution and take adequate security measures.
Find out more about special cover for journalists here.
Kidnap and ransom insurance for Iraq
If you have employees working in Iraq or you are planning to take up a posting there in the near future, kidnap and ransom insurance may be one of the special precautions worth considering. You may also find that standard UK business and travel insurances may be invalid and it is advisable to take out special cover that includes war and terrorism and provides medical emergency, evacuation, life and disability cover.
Find out more about our specialist Iraq insurance or call us to discuss your trip: +44 (0)1242 584 558.