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Iraq is a Middle Eastern country that neighbors with Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. Our Iraq Visa Guide presents in-depth information on visa rules and regulations for nationals of different countries. You can learn about the country specific visa requirements along with the necessary documents. Do not forget to buy your “Iraq Flight Ticket” to start preparations for your application.
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In principle, nationals of all foreign countries shall apply for entry visas in order to travel to Iraq. Nevertheless, citizens of some states can obtain visas on arrival from designated airports including Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.
Iraqi visa types are broadly categorized as ordinary visa, transit visa, transit visa without stop, diplomatic visa, service visa, emergency visa and a visit or tourist visa whose details are codified under Iraqi Law on Foreigners Residence No.118. Single or multiple-entry visas distinguish the term of stay of its holder. Short-term single-entry visa is valid for a period of up to three months in line with the indicated travel dates whereas short-term multiple entry visa can be issued for three, six months or one year.
Short-term visa is issued in line with the requested days indicated by the applicant for not more than 30 days.
Tourist visa for Iraq is granted to foreigners only in the case of visits with exclusively tourism related purposes upon submission of the required documents proving the intent of the visit. It enables the holder to enter the country only once in a period of three months and stay maximum one month.
Business visa for Iraq is issued for foreigners who wish to travel to Iraq with the sole purpose of conducting business and commercial activities following successful demonstration of the nature of the visit, possibly supported by a business letter addressed to the Embassy.
Travels to Iraq with the intention of visiting family, relatives or friends can apply for ordinary visa which enables the holder to enter the country once in 90 days period. The holder can reside in Iraq for up to three months upon notifying the Directorate of Residence for his/her arrival within ten days after entry to the Iraqi territory.
Travelers who would like to visit Iraq for cultural or sports events can apply for a visit visa which lets entry to the country one time in three months period with the possibility to stay in Iraq for up to one month.
Foreign nationals who would like to visit Iraq for short-term education or training purposes can also apply for the visit visa. They can enter the country one time in 90 days with this sort of visa and can stay in Iraq for up to maximum one month.
Long-term visa grants its holder the right to enter and stay in Iraq for a period up to one year with multiple entry possibility.
Nationals of third countries who would like to extend his/her stay in Iraq must apply for a residence permit, before the expiry date of the period indicated in their visa, from the Residence Officer.
Foreigners who are in possession of work contracts or other sorts of obligations in Iraq shall not depart without obtaining their exit visa from the competent authority which must conclude that he/she is free to leave.
Iraq transit visa enables the holder to enter Iraq only once within a period of three months beginning from the date it was issued for stays not exceeding seven days. On the other hand, non-stop transit visa allows for transit through Iraq along with the competent authorities’ auspices without having to stop and for one-time within a period of three months.
Tourist visa requirements and application procedures for Iraq are explained below. In general, applicants must submit their applications comprising of the requested documents to the Diplomatic Mission or authorized visa application centers in due time. Please bear in mind that the necessary documents may differ depending on the term and purpose of your stay, hence the category of your visa.
There are specified documents to include your application in line with your status of employment.
Students or unemployed/retired people who are not in a position to cover their own travel expenses will need to demonstrate support from a sponsor who will borne the full costs. The sponsor is entitled to certain requirements. Hence, only first grade relatives can fulfill this position. You can check our website for all the relevant details.
In addition to above mentioned application documents, general requirements include:
Foreigners may plan their trips to Iraq upon fulfilling the above mentioned criterias to obtain an entry visa complying with the nature of their visit.
Citizens of the EU member states are asked for entry visas along with valid passports to visit Iraq and are required to submit the necessary documents.
The visa fees for Iraq are subject to differentiated prices under certain conditions and depending on the country in which the application will be processed. The visa fee is non-refundable, thus in the case of rejection of your application reimbursements are not available.
|Single Entry||50 USD|
|Multiple Entry||100 USD|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
Yes, multiple entry visa can be granted for short or long-term visits to Iraq if the applicant fulfills the prerequisite conditions.
Yes, your application may be rejected on certain grounds. In that case, you will be notified with the reasons of rejection and deadlines for submission of an appeal. Bear in mind that the visa fee is non-refundable.
In general, a tourist visa to Iraq is issued in four to eight weeks. However, bear in mind that the application procedure may take longer than it’s supposed to be for individual cases whereby a scrutiny is required.
Your nationality shall not be a prior condition for the issuing of your visa, provided that you will have complied with all the requirements and your visit to Iraq shall not constitute a threat to public security.
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