The good news is that it’s easier than you think.
The bad news? You have to join a group tour… (win-win for YPT, that’s what we’re here for!)
When you sign up for a tour you just need to send us a copy of your passport and we add the details to the group application and then wait for the letter of invitation. If you live in a city with an Iraqi embassy then it’s best to put this in your application so that you can apply there when the letter of invitation is issued.
When the letter is issued, then you simply complete an online application form, download it, print it and take it to the embassy along with a passport photo, colour photocopy of your passport page and the letter of invitation.
If you live far from an Iraqi embassy don’t worry. You can choose to collect the visa from the Iraqi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. As one of the main gateways to Baghdad, your flight will likely depart from here anyway so you can take a few days before the tour to collect your visa. As of April 2018, the consulate had a 24 hour visa collection time.