Starting today, March 15th 2021, the Iraqi government has launched a new visa program to lift the requirement to obtain entry visas prior to arrival in Iraq for citizens of:
- Countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council (USA, UK, France, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China)
- European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands
- Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland
We are still trying to confirm a few countries which are not on the list such as Sweden and Norway but there should be more countries added as time goes by.
Visitors will be able to pay to obtain a visa on arrival at Iraq’s airports and land and sea border crossings, but will still need to comply with all Iraqi preventive health measures as decided by the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety which includes having a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours for entry and 14-day quarantine for citizens of some countries.
A covid test can be arranged in Baghdad for roughly $100 to be used on departure if required.
At present we do not know if these new rules are temporary or permanent but we are optimistic this could be long-term. Previously the Iraqi visa has been one of the hardest to obtain, only available as a group of 5 or more and applying 3 months in advance, so as you can imagine this is exciting news!
YPT can now arrange independent tours for solo travel or groups of any number of people and we will continue to run group tours throughout the year.
Iraqi Kurdistan remains visa free for most of these nationalities plus others too.
We will update when more information becomes available. Our next scheduled departure to Iraq is coming up this May. Click here to view the tour or send us an email to enquire about independent tours..