As of March 15th 2021, the Iraqi government launched a visa on arrival for Iraq program that allows citizens of 38 countries to apply for a visa on arrival at Baghdad, Najaf and Basra airports.
The following nationalities are eligible for visa on arrival for Iraq.
- USA, UK, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland
- European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
How To Prepare for your Visa on Arrival in Iraq
After booking your Iraq tour with us we will email your hotel confirmation letter to you. This is needed for the immigration officers to grant you a visa.
- You may have to present your hotel confirmation letter before boarding your flight to Baghdad.
Once arriving at the airport you will need to queue at the visa desk next to the immigration counters. You are required to fill out a simple form and handover your passport. This process can take up to 30 minutes. Your name will be called and you’re required to hand over $75 to $80USD in cash for your visa on arrival processing fee. Please ensure you have the correct amount of change. You will then be handed your passport with your new visa included into your passport. You may then simply make your way through immigration.
Visiting Iraq during COVID-19 pandemic – this is no longer required as of the 1st April, 2022.
Visitors still need to comply with all Iraqi preventive health measures as decided by the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety which having a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours for entry.
You will also need to be the holder of a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
A COVID test can be arranged in Baghdad for roughly $100 to be used on departure if required.
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 a great breakthrough. Iraqi Kurdistan remains visa free for most of these nationalities plus others too.