1. Intro and Iraq Facts
3. Iraq Visa
5. Arrival in Baghdad international Airport
6. Baghdad Airport Taxi
7. iraq Taxis
8. hiring Car
9. public transportations
10. Museums, Working hours and prices
11. Sim cards and internet connectivity
12. Iraq Travel Restrictions and covid-19
14. Travel insurance
15. is iraq safe?
16. Independent travel
17. Organized tours
18. Female Experience in iraq
19. Best Time to Visit iraq
20. Getting in
21. Money, Prices, Budget and ATMs
22. Transportation and Moving around iraq
24. Dress Code and what to wear
26. Food and Iraqi Cuisine
28. where to Stay and accommodation options
29. iraq Travel itinerary
31. Travel Tips
32. Top Places in Baghdad to visit
34. iraqi People and Culture
35. Social Media in Iraq
37. other info
iraq visa on arrival countries
1. $77 visa fee
2. hotel reservation (designated hotels, at least for one night)
3. Return flight tickets
4. Visa is Valid for whole Iraq including Kurdistan Region.
5. Visa Length is 60 days.
UK, USA, Russia, France, China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland.
European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of 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
long process through an official invitation letter through travel agencies, then transfer to the specific iraqi embassy abroad, whole process will take around a month.
1. Baghdad Airport
Telephone: 00964 7901403537
2. Basra Airport
Telephone: 00964 40 886 3999
Media department: Facebook
3. Najaf Airport
Telephone: 00964 33 334935
Media Department Facebook: www.facebook.com/NIAP.Media
National Flag Carrier
Telephone: 00964 7811000036
Official pcr centers
TRAVEL UPDATE DEC 2022
Starting 1st of December 2022, iraq removed all covid vaccine certificates or PCR Test requirements to travel in or out of iraq, for all locals and foreigners.
TRAVEL UPDATE APR 2022
Iraqi government decided to remove PCR test requirement for travelers in/out of iraq, starting 1st of April 2022
to be eligible for this, you have to hold Vaccine Certificate with QR code. if not then you have to do in/out PCR test.
A. Al-Nukhba laboratory clinic
Location: salman faeq street, near alwathiq square
Google coordinate: 8C5J+V6 Baghdad
Telephone: 00964 772 2228666
Cost: around $75
working hours: 24/7
B. Private Nursing Home Hospital.
Cost: 75000 iraqi dinars
Telephone: 009647815175504 - 009647901630152
working hours: 24/7
they have service to come to your hotel to take the swap and do the test
C. Imam Ali Hospital
Location: 9FW7+4J Baghdad
Al-Sadr hospital and Al-Zubair Hospital
No photography of Military and checkpoints.
DONT PANICK, iraq is heavily militarized! police and military are everywhere, inside and outside cities.
inside Mosques, for MEN, no shorts are allowed, and also cover your tattoo. while dress code for WOMEN, cover your head with a scarf and cover yourself with an abbaya.
MEN greets MEN with waving their hands, or hand shakes (first times) while hugs and kisses on 2nd times. Women Greets MEN with waving their hands or hand on heart gesture. WOMEN greets WOMEN by hugs and kisses. also putting your hand on your heart is a respectful greeting or thanking gesture for both genders.
people are eager to interact with foreigners, and will ask you for lots of selfies and your social media account. if you dont like, then just apologize with a big smile and hand on heart gesture.
even some ATMs available around big cities, but CASH IS KING.
Traffic jam in Baghdad, so be patient and give plenty of time for traveling around the capital.
many check points around the country, just smile and hand your passport! again dont get panicked, they are here for our safety and stability.
Dress code for Women, cover your shoulder, no shorts, no lower than knees, to blend in.
Tea Culture is a huge thing, cups are filled with sugar! NO SUGAR:bidun sukar(arabic) Beshakr(kurdish)
bring your own towels, not every hotel provide towels!
we use eastern toilets (squat), only in some places western toilets are available. Instead of toilet papers we use bidet spray. so prepare and practice squatting to embrace new cultures (:
no public toilets (or few, might cost 500 iqd), but you can access mosque toilets for free. (toilet in arabic : twalet; hamamt; marafuq; w.c.)
DO NOT pick up any artifacts from archeological sites, no matter how small it is! you might face Death penalty!
No drugs, if caught, you will end up in jail!
Alcohol only in specific areas! dont try to drink in holy cities, Najaf and Karbala at all.
BASIC ARABIC iraqi WORDS
greetings, Salamu alaikoum (peace be on you). Answer: alaykum alsalam
Hi/hello : halaw
No: Kala Yes: Naam (e)
How you doing: shlonak
Whats up: shakw makw
Thank you: shukran
Iraqi loves to use HABIBI (love, darling, sweety) for everyone! Its common.
Good morning : Sabah alkher
Good evening : masaa alkher
Where are you from : Min Wen/Mn ya dawla
What is your name: ma esmuk
Can i take a photo : mumkin akhud soora
how much : kam / shgad
Bye: bye or ma'a alsalama
ONE: wahd TWO: ethnen THREE : thalatha
top travel destinations in iraq
Iraq is full of historical and Cultural sites, here are some of the highlights while still there are SO many other places that will keep it off the beaten path!
Baghdad: Old and Modern side, minimum 2-3 full days to cover major highlights of the capital.
Saddam Hussein Palace
Historical Babylon city
Imam Ali shrine
Wadi alsalam cemetery
UR Ziggurat temple
Marshlands - chibaysh
Old town (shanasheel)
Archeological Museum (former Saddam Palace)
Shatalarab boat ride
Mosul: old and modern side
Historical sights outside mosul:
Kirkuk: Historical Citadel and downtown
Baba gurgur eternal flame
photography and drone
1. iraqi people are very friendly people, ask for permission before taking photos, %99 of the time you will get greenlight. smile and point to the camera then to the person.
2. asking for photography in arabic:
can i film you : mumkin asawrak
can i take a picture with you : mumkin atsawar ma'ak : mumkin atsawar wyak
can you film me : mumkin tisawrni
3. No photography of Military and checkpoints. dont be careless!
4. sometimes police or military smile to you and ask for a selfie, dont panic! they are friendly.
5. people are eager to interact with foreigners, and will ask you for lots of selfies and your social media account. if you dont like, then just apologize with a big smile and hand on heart gesture. but remember your act will leave a fingerprint about people of the world, so pass your social media to the curious lovely people and accept their selfies request.
6. drones are prohibited, it will get confiscated at the airport! and if it passed without noticing, then again dont try to fly it! dont be a careless traveler.
iraq telephone system and important phone numbers
the country calling code assigned to Iraq is 00964
Iraq’s telephone numbers are made up of 11 to 12 numbers split into groups of 3. So if you’re going to make a call to Iraq using a mobile phone, you should dial country code+area code+7-digit number.
A call from outside Iraq would have the following dialing format when calling a:
00964 (Area Code) (Telephone Number)
LIST OF AREA CODES
Area (City) and Code
Sulaimaniya (Slemani) 53
Dohuk (Duhok) 62
Kirkuk (Kerkuk) 50
00964 7xx 123 4567
Mobile Telecommunication Services:
List of Mobile Phones Codes:
079x xxx xxxx Cell phones Zain Iraq
077x xxx xxxx Cell phones AsiaCell
075x xxx xxxx Cell phones Korek Telecom
Important Phone Numbers and hotlines:
115 Civil Defense
122 Paramedical Stuff
130 Ministry of interior hotline
131 National Security
400 National Intelligence
533 Anti-crime department
404 Department of Bombing Prevention
178 Narcotics Control department
139 Family protection act department
153 Military intelligence
5628 Mayoralty Of Baghdad, Citizen Complaint Center
159 electricity hotline
497 community police
Recommended Books, Movies and Documentaries
1. Once Upon a time in Iraq by BBC
Once Upon a Time in Iraq chronicles the story of the Iraq War from the perspectives of the people who lived through it. It covers events between 2003, when coalition forces occupied the country, and 2014, when the Islamic State group came into existence. It gives the floor to Iraqi and American participants who, although on opposite sides of the conflict, share their first-hand experiences of the war and the trauma it unleashed.
The documentary is an eye-opening account of the realities of life during war, not from the flawed lens of politicians and political analysts, but through that of the civilians, soldiers and journalists who lived through the invasion and its aftermath. With no stone left unturned, it offers a first-hand narrative of the conflict in a new light, from the fall of Saddam Hussein, to the subsequent civil war and the rise of the Islamic State group.
2. How The US Stole Iraq by Johnny Harris
The story of how a few guys brought the US into war.
3. How to Become a Tyrant by Netflix
How to Become a Tyrant, Saddam Hussein, Episode two, Crush your Rivals.
You've secured your place at the top, but maintaining power means watching your back. Nobody did that better or more ruthlessly than Saddam Hussein.
4. Saddam's Iraq by Feature History
In the early 1980s, Saddam Hussein launches a full-scale invasion of Iran. The move kicks off decades of war in the Gulf region, a period marked by lies, manipulation and countless deaths. At the time, western nations view Hussein as a modernist and a protective shield against the radical Shia Iranian mullahs. The Iraqi regime is given a free pass in its campaign against Iran’s clerical rulers; when he deploys chemical weapons, the West turns a blind eye. When the first Gulf War ends in 1988, Saddam Hussein believes Washington, Paris and London to be his allies. But he is mistaken. Economic interests in the Gulf are too powerful. For the first time, a documentary series tells the story of the 40-year conflict that will eventually lead Iraq into chaos. Lies, betrayal, manipulation and fabricated information all played a part in the downfall of this nation. Featuring the testimonies of key figures, including civilians and politicians from the US, France, the UN and Iraq, this geopolitical thriller traces the contours of a conflict that left Iraq in tatters.
Iraq - Destruction of a nation (1/4): https://youtu.be/DLRfecGZhts
Iraq - Destruction of a nation (2/4): https://youtu.be/BPh53INZjCc
Iraq - Destruction of a nation (3/4): https://youtu.be/0HlvNDad3HE
Iraq - Destruction of a nation (4/4): https://youtu.be/r352AVvQRHs