Baghdad had banned crossings by non-Iraqis from Iran on Thursday for three days and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday night that the ban would be extended. He did not specify until when.
"The prime minister ordered the ... halting of receiving travelers from the Islamic Republic of Iran except for Iraqis," his office said in a statement.
Neighboring Iraq and Iran, both home to Shi'ite Muslim majorities, share close religious, political, and trade ties. Iran has suspended religious pilgrimage trips to Iraq. Iraqi Airways suspended flights to Iran.Iraq's health ministry said it had detected no cases in the country.