|When landing at Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, or Najaf airports, Israeli residents and those with Israeli stamps and/or visas will be denied entry.|
A visa is required for all travelers to Iraq. Contract and military employees working for the United States Department of Defense are currently excluded from the visa requirement if they show a valid Common Access Card (CAC) issued by the Department of Defense. This only applies if you’re flying into BIAP’s military side through Gryphon Air or a military flight. You will be deported if you travel into Baghdad International Airport without a valid entrance or working visa.
A visa may be bought for USD80 at most border checkpoints for individuals entering the country without one. For people, the total crossing duration is approximately 1 hour. If you want to get a visa at the port of entry, expect lengthy lines and carry lots of paperwork explaining who you are and what you’re doing in Iraq. It is preferable to send letters on business or government letterhead.
It is difficult and time consuming to get a travel visa to Iraq. An application may be obtained from the Iraqi Embassy in your area. All applications, however, are verified in Baghdad. Even if you have a visa, you may not be allowed to enter Iraq after you arrive. At the Iraqi embassies in London, Paris, and Washington, D.C., visas may be obtained in advance.