Visa policy of Iraq

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Visa policy of Iraq
  Visa-free access at Baghdad (unlimited), Erbil and Sulaimaniyah (max. 15 days) airports
  Visa on arrival at Basra or Najaf airports
  Visa-free access at Erbil or Sulaimaniyah airports (up to 15 days)
Entry stamp
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Entry and exit stamps.

In accordance with the law, citizens of all countries require a visa to visit Iraq.[1] All visitors, except those arriving at Basra or Iraqi Kurdistan, must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Only the citizens of  Turkey may enter Iraq without a visa and only if arriving at Baghdad International Airport, directly from Turkey or (for max. 15 days) at Erbil and Sulaimaniyah. They can also obtain a visa on arrival at Al Najaf International Airport.[2]

Nationals of  Bahrain and  Saudi Arabia can obtain a visa on arrival at Basra International Airport and Al Najaf International Airport.[3][4]

For other nationals, in case of emergency an urgent visa may be issued on arrival at non-Kurdish ports of entry (Iraqi Kurdistan has a separate policy, see below) but only if the visitor can convince the immigration officer of circumstances that prevented him/her from obtaining a regular visa in advance.[5] According to IATA, a signed and stamped letter issued by the Ministry of Interior of Iraq needs to be provided for this, although it is not clear whether this currently applies.

Iraqi Kurdistan[edit]

Visitors to Iraqi Kurdistan arriving through the Erbil International Airport or Sulaimaniyah International Airport may enter visa-free for up to 15 days if they are holders of one of the following passports:[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Visa Information". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ Iraqi MFA website
  6. ^ [4]
  7. ^ Nationalities requiring a visa to enter Kurdistan, Directorate of Residency - Erbil