The American Embassy in Iraq had published a Warden Message last month to alert all U.S. Citizens of a new Iraqi law that now prohibits non-Iraqi persons from transporting any Iraqi Dinar currency out of the country. It looks like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is tightening up on all the Iraqi Dinar that is being smuggled out of Iraq. I am sure in the future borders will be closing soon remember Oct 2003.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the law had been changed notified the U.S. State Department to insure that this message gets out through the Warden system. The only potential problem is not every U.S. Citizen living and working in Iraq will get the message. To receive a Warden Message you have to register with the American Embassy and give them your personal details so they could deliver a message to you when needed. So if you don’t register you don’t get any Warden Messages.
I am sure some unlucky souls will be caught attempting to smuggle the Iraqi Dinar out of the country and then placed on the Iraqi customs black list. A list you do not want to be on.
You really think the Iraqi Dinar will be a internationally traded currency in the future when it has never been in its existence.
Time will tell.
February 23, 2007
The Embassy requests that wardens pass the following message in it entirety to members of the American community: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq has released updated regulations for non-Iraqi nationals exiting Iraq with foreign or Iraqi currency. Since December 25, 2005, Iraqi law has prohibited non-Iraqi adults from transporting more than U.S. $10,000 in cash out of Iraq. Iraqi law also prohibits carrying out more than 100 grams of gold. As of February 21, 2007, Iraqi law now prohibits non-Iraqi adults from transporting any Iraqi currency out of the country. Iraqi customs personnel are taking action to enforce this law and may pose related questions to travelers during immigration and customs exit procedures. (Civil customs personnel also will verify passport annotations related to any items such as foreign currency, gold jewelry, or merchandise that were declared by passengers upon entry into Iraq on Form-8.)