Given the prevailing situation in Iraq, the Indian Government issued a travel warning asking its citizens to avoid "non-essential" travel to Iraq until further notification. The notice was issued amid rising tension between Iran and the US after a drone strike by the American military killed a top Iranian commander last week. Iran retaliated on Wednesday with ballistic missile strikes at two bases used by US and coalition forces in Iraq.
The regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked all airlines in India to remain vigilant and take precautions in the airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman and the waters of the Persian Gulf
India's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: "Our Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil will continue to function normally to provide all services to Indians residing in Iraq." He also took this to his social media and tweeted "Travel Advisory for Iraq because 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,"
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh asked the government to ensure the safety of Indians in Iraq. "I will again urge @NarendraModi and @DrSJaishankar to be ready with a plan of safety and security of around 10 million Indians living in Gulf countries. With the latest news of Iran's missiles hitting American base things can easily go south from now on," the Chief Minister tweeted.
Iran today fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from its territory against at least two Iraqi facilities hosting US-led coalition personnel. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed they fired the missiles in retaliation for last week's killing of their top commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike carried out by the US.