Please note that citizens of the US, Canada, EU, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan holding a valid passport do not need visas for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. All other countries should inquire whether they will require visa clearance.
All travelers are recommended to obtain a visa clearance letter from the KRG Representation in Washington, in case you are asked to to present proof of visa clearance by airlines.
There is a 9 USD fee for this application. Please send a money order for 9 USD, addressed to “KRG Representation in the US”, to the following address:
1532 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
APPLYING FOR AN ENTRY VISA TO THE KURDISTAN REGION OF IRAQ
If you require a visa to enter the Kurdistan Region, please submit your application by following the instructions below:
1. Print and fill out the following VISA application form: Visa Application for Kurdistan Region PDF or DOC
2. Attach a photo to the form located on the top-left corner of the first page.
3. Scan the form (in color) AND a copy of your Passport (in color) and email to us at: Email
4. Your visa request will be sent to the KRG Ministry of Interior (MOI) via KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) for processing. Once processed, we will inform you via telephone or email address provided. Please allow one month from the date of your application submission for processing. There will NOT be a visa stamped on your passport prior to your departure. At your arrival point of entry, the officers will have all of our information and a visa will be granted on-site.
For questions or concerns, please contact:
Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States
1532 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036, USA
(Tel) +1 202 821 1852
Email: Barzan Ardalan, Director of Consular Services
TRAVELING TO THE KURDISTAN REGION OF IRAQ:
With two international airports, unparalleled economic growth, and exceptional security and stability, it has never been more convenient, and there has never been a better time to travel to the Kurdistan Region. Whether you are planning for an official delegation, a private business venture, or just for a holiday in a unique and ancient land, we hope that the following links and information will provide you with all that you need to know about traveling to the Kurdistan Region.
Flights to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq
Overland travel and transportation
Sights of interest
ASSISTANCE FOR JOURNALISTS AND BUSINESS TRAVELERS
Journalists, delegations and travelers visiting for official or business purposes can contact the KRG for advice on arranging meetings and hiring drivers, fixers, interpreters and security. Please contact Alex Ebsary at email or +1 202 821 1851
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR IRAQ (EXCLUDING KURDISTAN REGION)
According to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, entry and exit requirements for foreign citizens in Iraq requires all travelers to hold passports valid for at least six months after dates of travel. Visas are required for all U.S. citizens entering Baghdad, Basra, and Najaf. An Iraqi visa may be obtained through the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, D.C. Visas are available upon arrival at the port of entry only if the traveler receives prior visa approval in the form of an Entry Visa Approval Memorandum from the Ministry of Interior Residency Office. Travelers who obtain this approval must enter Iraq within 90 days of the issuance of the memorandum for a single entry visa or within 6 months of the issuance of the memorandum for a multi-entry visa. Valid US passport holders with the country of birth being Iraq are exempt from the visa requirements and other stay restrictions, as clarified below.
Immigration officials in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) allows U.S. and several other nationalities’ citizens to enter Kurdistan Region of Iraq without a visa; and one is granted at the port of entry. Therefore, travelers travelling to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq via the following two entry points: Erbil International Airport (EIA) & Sulaymaniyah International Airport (ISU) do not need a visa and the passenger is never physically given one before departure.
However, the airport-issued visa by KRG is not valid outside of the Kurdistan Region, and such travelers are not permitted to travel to the rest of Iraq (see map of Kurdistan Region of Iraq). This visa is valid only in the IKR for a period of 14 days.
For the valid passport holders with either the passenger or a parent of the passenger’s country of birth being Iraq are exempt from the visa requirements.
Those who plan to stay for longer than 14 days require an extension to their visa; this can be obtained by visiting the local residency office. The traveler’s visa is cleared by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Minister of Interior and the traveler is informed to upon clearance; hence there is never a visa given to the traveler. Additionally, passport holders with the country of birth being Iraq are exempt from the 14-day stay restrictions, even if a citizen of another country.