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!). Indeed, the Iraqi government will only issue tourist visas for groups of more than five people. We’ll find you five friends in no time!
Signing up for our Iraq Tour
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. Generally, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs will only send the document to embassies in countries where applicants have citizenship, sometimes just residency.
Visit to the embassy and required documents
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 an Iraqi consulate where other members of the group are applying. Some embassies, such as the Los Angeles one or the Canberra one, also offer mail in application. Call them to get the up to date details first!
Getting there together
A new regulation concerning the tourist visa for Iraq requires that everyone on the same visa invitation letter flies in together. This means that for all YPT tours to Iraq, we will first meet in Istanbul and then fly there together.