Iraq Visa Information
An Iraq visa in a valid passport are required documents for entering
the country. However, travel to Iraq by tourists is discouraged by the
State Department. Those who are required to enter Iraq should seek to
fully understand the visa requirements and risks associated with
entering this country. An Iraqi Business Visa is issued to travelers
entering Iraq for short term, business related purposes on behalf of a
foreign company. A single entry visa allows for one entry into the
country that issued the visa. The visa becomes invalid once you leave
the country or once the period of validity has expired.
Who Can Obtain an Iraq Visa?
Entry visas ot Iraq are to be granted to each of the following:
- a- Personnels and their families working in diplomatic missions in
Iraq as well as Arab, regional and international organizations
accredited to Iraq.
- b- All official delegations from various countries visiting Iraq.
- c- Businessmen provided that they have official invitation from
Iraqi authorities or being introduced as such by their respective
ministries of foreign affairs and are supplied with letters from their
chambers of commerce.
- d- Students pursuing their studies in Iraq after presenting documents indicating that they are still following their studies.
- e- Truck-drivers after presenting proofs that they are carrying
materials and equipments for companies working in the reconstruction of
- f- Iraqi husbands and Iraqi wives after presenting legal documents supporting their claims.
- g- Journalists and public media personnel after submitting
applications for visa either through Iraq's missions abroad stating the
name of Iraq's mission which they want to receive their visa or through
the office of the newspaper, news agency or the TV. satellite in
Baghdad with a letter directed to the Press Department at the MFA
indicating the name of the Iraqi mission abroad through which they want
to receive their visas, or through the journalist's embassy in Baghdad
with a note to the Press Department/ MFA requesting the visa and
indicating the name of the Iraqi Embassy from which the journalist
would like to receive his entry visa.
Iraq Entry/Exit Requirements
An Iraqi visa may be obtained through the Iraqi Embassy in Washington,
D.C. Visitors to Iraq who plan to stay for more than 10 days must
obtain a no-fee residency stamp. In Baghdad, the stamps are available
for all visitors at the main Residency Office near the National
Contractors in the International Zone may also obtain exit
stamps at the Karadah Mariam Police Station (available Sunday and
Wednesday, 10:00-14:00.). There is a 10,000 Iraqi dinar (USD 8) penalty
for visitors who do not obtain the required residency stamp. In order
to obtain a residency stamp, applicants must produce valid credentials
or proof of employment, two passport-sized photos, and HIV test
An American citizen who plans to stay longer than two months
must apply at the Residency Office for an extension. Americans
traveling to Iraq for the purpose of employment should check with their
employers and with the Iraqi Embassy
in Washington, D.C. for any special entry or exit requirements related
to employment. American citizens whose passports reflect travel to
Israel may be refused entry into Iraq or may be refused an Iraqi visa,
although to date there are no reported cases of this occurring.
U.S. citizens who remain longer than 10 days must obtain an
exit stamp at the main Residency Office before departing the country.
In Baghdad, they are available for all visitors at the main Residency
Office near the National Theater. Contractors in the International Zone
may also obtain exit stamps at the Karadah Mariam Police Station
(available Sunday and Wednesday, 10:00-14:00). Exit stamp fees vary
from USD 20 to USD 200, depending on the length of stay, entry visa and
Iraq Visa Validity
At the present time the Embassy of Iraq issues only a single entry visa
valid 3 months from the date of issue for a stay up to max. 30 days.
The period of stay can be extended on local application after arrival.
Iraq Visa Fees
- Tourist visa - $40
- Entry visa - $40
You can apply online to expedite your Iraq business visa
. To submit the application yourself directly to the Iraq consular services or to apply for other types of visas, visit the Iraq Embassy
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