Travel restrictions to Iraq

Last updated: 25 March 2022

Who can travel?
  • Open to citizens and residents of Iraq
  • Open to citizens and residents* of the United Arab Emirates
  • Open to all visitors subject to meeting the entry requirements

*Subject to entry requirements.

Iraq Covid Travel Restrictions
 
Documents needed for travelling
  • Effective from 01 April 2022, passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (BIBP) and Sinovac.
  • This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
  • Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
Visa on arrival for travelling to Iraq
  • The following categories of passengers can obtain a visa on arrival in Erbil or Sulaymaniyah:
    • Citizens of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Kuwait holding any type of passport;
    • Citizens of Saudi Arabia holding diplomatic passport. All other passport holders must have a pre-arranged visa before departure.
    • The visa cost is USD 69.
  • Citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People's Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland (Rep), Japan, Korea (Rep), Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America can get visa on arrival at Najaf. They must have a return ticket and a hotel reservation confirmation.
  • Passengers must have a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
GCC citizens travelling to Iraq
  • With immediate effect, all GCC citizens can obtain visa on arrival in Najaf and Baghdad only, subject to meeting the below conditions:
    • Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of arrival.
    • Passengers must pay a visa cost of USD 50.
Passengers travelling from India to Iraq
  • Until further notice: Passengers arriving from or who have transited through India are not allowed to enter Iraq via Erbil or Sulaymaniyah.
  • This does not apply to citizens of Iraq.
  • Citizens of India are now permitted to enter Najaf but must hold a valid visa or an approval letter.
PCR test required for travelling to Iran
  • Passengers travelling to Baghdad must have:
    • a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate issued at most 72 hours before the departure of the first flight of their itinerary. The test result must be in Arabic or English. This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years. They will be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival; AND
    • a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code, showing that they were fully vaccinated. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (BIBP) and Sinovac. This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years.
  • Passengers travelling to or transiting through Basra must have:
    • a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test result certificate from a test taken at most 72 hours before the departure of the first flight of their itinerary. The test result must be in Arabic or English. This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years; AND
    • a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code, showing that they were fully vaccinated. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (BIBP) and Sinovac. This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years.
    • Passengers travelling to Basra must complete and have a printed copy of an Undertaking form prior to arrival.
  • Passengers traveling to Najaf must have:
    • a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate from a test taken at most 72 hours before the departure of the first flight of their itinerary. The test result must be in English and have a signature and a stamp from the testing laboratory. This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years; AND
    • a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code, showing that they were fully vaccinated. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (BIBP) and Sinovac. This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years.
  • Passengers traveling to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah must have:
    • Passengers travelling to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah must have a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate from a test taken at most 72 hours before arrival irrespective of their vaccination status or point of origin.
    • This does not apply to children under 10 years old.
Transiting via Dubai
  • If you have a connecting flight from Dubai (DXB) with another airline, please check the entry requirements of the destination you are travelling to on the onward carrier's website.
Please Note:

The above requirements are provided by a third-party source and subject to change without prior notice. Please check the IATA Travel Centre website before your flight to get the latest updates on the requirements at the country you are travelling from and arriving to.

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