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All About the Visa for Iraq
Travelling to Iraq can be dangerous due to the current political instability, so it’s important you are fully aware of the risks before you decide to travel to the country. If you have your heart set on exploring the attractions and culture of this Middle Eastern country, you will find all the information you need in regard to the entry policies on this page.
Most nationalities require a standard visa from an embassy or consulate to visit Iraq. However, some countries are eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VoA). In March 2021, 30 more nationalities joined the list of countries that are eligible for an Iraq VoA, so there are now 43 countries in total that can travel to Iraq without needing to arrange their travel documents beforehand.
You should also be aware of the fact that, if you are thinking of visiting the autonomous region of Kurdistan, the entry stamp you get upon entering this territory is not valid for the rest of Iraq. On the other hand, a visa for Iraq is valid for visiting Kurdistan.
On this page, we will explore the entry policies for Iraq for each nationality and what you need to do step-by-step to be able to visit.
- 1 What Is the Difference Between an Iraq Visa and the Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
- 2 Iraq Visa Application Form and Process
- 3 Travel to Iraq Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 4 Iraqi Visa Application Form and Documents
- 5 Iraqi Visa Status Check
- 6 How Much Is the Iraq Visa Fee?
- 7 More Questions and Information About Iraq Visas
What Is the Difference Between an Iraq Visa and the Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
As we mentioned, most nationalities will need to get a standard visa, which allows the visitor to stay in the country for a period of 30 days and is valid for 90 days. The travel document must be acquired from your nearest embassy or consulate before you travel to the country.
On the other hand, a Visa on Arrival (VoA) allows the visitor to stay in the country for up to 90 days and is valid for a period of 180 days. This document can be acquired at specific entry points, currently in the country’s major airports. Up until March 2021, only a handful of countries could use this system, but with the new bid from the government to attract tourists, many more nationalities including Japanese, Australians, and countries of the European Union, can now get a VoA (see below for the full list).
Iraq Visa Application Form and Process
The processes for getting a standard tourist visa and a VoA are, of course, quite different, since the former needs to be obtained before you can travel to the country.
You can apply for a standard visa at your nearest consulate or embassy, by submitting all the required forms and documents. This is the process you need to follow in order to be granted the travel permit:
- Complete and sign the application form.
- Submit all required documents at the embassy.
- Pay for the fee.
- Receive your travel document.
The document will be stamped directly into your passport.
Visa on Arrival
This document can’t be issued at every entry point into a country, so it’s important you check where you can receive the document. The VoA can be issued at Al Najaf International Airport or Basra International Airport.
If you are eligible for a VoA, but you are entering from a different port of entry from the ones mentioned above, you may obtain your visa at the embassy beforehand free of charge.
Travel to Iraq Visa Requirements and Eligibility
What kind of document you need to be able to enter Iraq will depend on your nationality. Look for your nationality in the lists below to find out if you need a standard permit or if you are eligible for a VoA.
Countries that are eligible for a VoA:
Republic of Cyprus
United Arab Emirates
Countries that require an embassy visa to enter Iraq:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
North Korea (DPRK)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sao Tome and Principe
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Trinidad and Tobago
Holy See (Vatican)
If you are Iraqi but have a foreign passport, you may enter freely so long as you can prove your origins. Likewise, if you have a diplomatic or service passport from one of these nationalities, you won’t need a visa to enter:
- China (30 days)
- Iran (30 days)
- Kuwait (30 days)
- Lebanon (6 months for diplomatic passports, 3 months for service passports)
- Serbia (90 days)
- Turkey (45 days)
Iraqi Visa Application Form and Documents
In order to get a travel document issued, you will need to provide the following personal and passport details in the application form:
- Your full name.
- Your religion (if applicable).
- Your gender.
- Your nationality.
- Your date of birth.
- Your country of birth.
- Your country of residence.
- Your occupation.
- Your passport number.
- Your passport issue date.
- Your passport expiry date.
- Your email address.
- Your phone number.
In addition to these personal details, you will be asked the following:
- The type of travel permit you’re applying for (i.e. work, business, tourism…)
- Address and phone number of where you are staying in the country.
- The last 3 countries you have lived/worked in (if applicable).
In addition to the form, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Colour copy of your passport’s biometric page and previous visas.
- Your original passport.
- 2 passport-sized photos with a white background.
- The Iraq visa photo must be no older than 6 months, with a white or plain background, measuring 3.5 x 4.5 cm.
- If your country of residence and citizenship are different, you must also provide a residency permit.
- Return flight tickets or confirmation of onward travel.
- Accommodation bookings with full address.
- Bank statement as evidence you can cover the cost of the trip.
To be issued a VoA, you must also present several documents upon arrival at the airport:
- A completed and signed application form.
- Your passport.
- Return flight tickets.
In addition to all the information listed in this section, all travellers applying for an entry permit must have a passport with 6 months validity from when they intend to depart the country, as well as 2 blank pages for entry and exit stamps.
Iraqi Visa Status Check
After you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by the embassy once your document is approved or, in the unlikely case, it is rejected.
If a few weeks have passed, and you haven’t heard anything, you can call the embassy or consulate to check the status of your application. They should be able to provide further information on what stage of the process it is at, and if you need to provide any additional documents.
How Much Is the Iraq Visa Fee?
The fees for a tourist visa are between 30.00 USD and 150.00 USD, depending on your nationality. For instance, Singapore passport holders will need to pay 40.00 USD, while Pakistan passport holders will need to pay 119.00 USD. Countries that are eligible for a VoA will need to pay between 75.00- 80.00 USD.
Keep in mind that if you are applying through an agency, you will need to pay a processing fee on top of the rates listed above. This fee will vary from agency to agency, and from country to country.
More Questions and Information About Iraq Visas
Do you have any further questions about the application process? Below we have provided some answers to frequently asked questions to further assist you.