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Iraq country information

Iraq map
Republic of Iraq
Area: 38,317 sq km
Population: 29,267,000
Population density: 66 per sq km
Capital: Baghdad
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
Other EU Yes


Passport valid for at least six months from date of issue of visa required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.


Required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

At time of publishing visas for religious tourism purposes were not being issued. Visas for tourism purposes are now available, but only under certain circumstances; nationals are advised to contact the embassy for further information.

Visas are currently being issued to the following:
(a) non-Iraqi wives of Iraqi nationals, on presentation of documents so proving;
(b) students in Iraq when presenting documents certifying their admission or continuing study in Iraqi universities, institutes or schools;
(c) drivers of trucks when presenting documents certifying their transport of goods and items to Iraq on request by an official Iraqi authority or company operating in Iraq;
(d) personnel and their families working in diplomatic missions in Iraq as well as Arab, regional and international organisations accredited to Iraq;
(e) all official delegations from various countries visiting Iraq;
(f) businessmen provided that they have official invitations from Iraqi authorities or being introduced as such by their respective ministries of foreign affairs and are supplied with letters from the chambers of commerce;
(g) journalists and public media personnel after submitting the appropriate application;
(h) members of NGOs on condition that the official Iraqi authority presents a letter to the ministry of foreign affairs approving its relation with the respective organisation;
(i) nationals of Coalition countries and countries participating in the multinational forces and any country participating with more than 50 troops in the multinational force (except holders of diplomatic or service passports, official delegations and sub-contractors who do not require entry visas).

Visa Note

(a) For stays exceeding 10 days nationals must obtain a residency stamp at the main residency office in Baghdad. Nationals must present valid credentials or proof of employment, two passport photos and HIV test results. (b) Nationals of Arab origin will not be permitted entry even with a valid visa with the exception of journalists, nationals married to an Iraqi citizen or holders of a diplomatic passport. (c) For a fully comprehensive list of those allowed entry visas, consult the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in the UK. (d) Passport and visa requirements are subject to change at short notice. Check with your nearest embassy for the most recent information.

Visa Restrictions:
The government of Iraq refuses admission and transit to nationals of Israel; and might not accept other passports containing Israeli stamps or visas.

Types of Visa and Cost

Tourist visa: US$30. Visit visa: US$40 (single-entry); US$100 (multiple-entry).


Tourist visas is valid for a maximum stay of 15 days. Visit visas are valid for 30 days; extensions are available but not above 90 days.

Applications to:

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Note: Iraqi missions in the following countries are currently authorised to issue Entry Visas: Bahrain, Egypt, France, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Iraqi Airways (IA) (website: ). At time of publication, there are no scheduled civilian flights into Iraq.

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Baghdad is 6 hours.

Main Airports

Baghdad International Airport (BGW) is 18km (11 miles) south of the city (journey time - 20 minutes). To/from the airport: Taxi services go to the city with rates negotiable for shared taxis. There is a surcharge after 2200. Car hire is also available. Facilities: Banks, bureaux de change, post office, duty-free shops, bars, restaurants, snack bar, shops and first aid.

Note: Due to the airport being repeatedly targeted by rocket and mortar attacks, at time of publication, the British Embassy in Iraq no longer uses the Baghdad to Baghdad International Airport road.
Departure Tax

Getting There by Water

At present, all ports in Iraq are closed.

Getting There by Rail

Routes may not be accessible to foreigners.

Getting There by Road

At time of publication non-Iraqi Arab passport holders can not enter Iraq by road. Before the Gulf War, principal international routes ran through Jordan, Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey. Work on the Express Highway, an attempt to link Iraq with Jordan, Kuwait and Syrian Arab Republic, has been suspended for the time being.
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