New Delhi: In the wake of the deteriorating security situations in Iraq, the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday night issued a fresh travel advisory cautioning citizens against visiting Iraq. Also Read - Rockets Hit Area Near US Embassy in Baghdad, 19th Attack on Its Assets in Iraq

Issuing the advisory, the Ministry of External Affairs asked Indian citizens to avoid travelling to Nineveh, Salahuddin, Diyala, Anbar and Kirkuk in Iraq which are witnessing an escalation in tension in the wake of fresh attacks by ISIS terrorists. Also Read - AMU Student, an Iraqi National, Found Dead Under Mysterious Circumstances

“Indian nationals have been advised not to travel to these five provinces as they remain unsafe due to the prevailing security situation. Those Indian nationals wishing to travel for employment and already having work permits and appropriate visas may return to their jobs in the safe areas in Iraq other than those listed as unsafe areas,” the travel advisory said.

The MEA also asked Indian nationals who are planning to visit Iraq to inform the Indian Embassy in Baghdad or Consulate General in Erbil prior to travelling to the country.

“Indian nationals wishing to travel for religious purposes, and having appropriate visa and return air-ticket, may also travel for pilgrimage to the holy places of Najaf and Karbala. They should not extend their religious pilgrimage to neighbouring Syria and not travel by road from Iraq to Syria or vice-versa,” the advisory said.

Prior to this, the MEA earlier on June 15, 2014, had also issued a travel advisory, asking Indian nationals to avoid visiting Iraq in the wake of the precarious situation.