How to Apply For New The Iraq Visa On Arrival

With the newly initiated Iraq visa on arrival system now in place, we’ll explain how it works and who’s entitled to it.

From March 15, 2021 the Iraqi government announced – though a decry, a visa scheme that would allow citizens of 37 countries to apply for a visa on arrival at Baghdad, Najaf and Basra airports.

The system is still in its early days so we’ll keep this page regularly updated with information that we gather on our frequent tours to Iraq.

Who's entitled?

Citizens of the EU, UK, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Russia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia & New Zealand can apply for the visa on arrival. 

The system has been in place for months now. After some early teething issues, we can happily report no recent problems. All of our travelers have had a seamless experience in Iraq’s airports upon arrival.

Baghdad Airport terminal, Iraq

How To Properly Prepare for the Visa on Arrival

When you travel with us to Iraq, we will send you hotel confirmation letter;

  • In order to board the flight to Baghdad, your airline may ask for this letter.

Upon arrival simply make your way to the visa desk next to the immigration counters. Fill in a simple form and hand over your passport. Wait for up to 30 minutes before your name is called. You’ll then be asked to hand over $75 – $80 USD in cash (Make sure you have the exact change) then voila! You have a brand new Iraq visa on arrival stamped in your passport.

How to Get To Iraq

At the moment the easiest ways of travelling to Iraq are through the gateways of Istanbul and Dubai. 

Rocky Road Travel provide regular tours of Southern Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan throughout the year. We can also arrange private tours on any dates of the year to suit your schedule.

Get in touch for more info – it’s never been easier to travel to Baghdad with the new Iraq visa on arrival!