Iraq Visa Requirements Change

By Marko Lukic.

Iraq’s once easy-going visa regime has tightened up, leading to protests from foreign ambassadors.

In early 2010, the visa process to enter Iraq was both liberal and easily accessible, taking only around 24 to 72 hours to go through the relevant procedures and paperwork. Officials were so flexible in fact, that expats who went home for the holidays without first obtaining a re-entry visa for their return were simply waived through, rather than being redirected all the way to Amman to obtain permission.

This easygoing attitude has since changed considerably. “Now everything is different, due to changes the Iraqi government has installed,” states Karoly Niklasz, Move One’s Operations Coordinator in Iraq.

Instead of the original five forms, now eight separate documents need to be filled out, two of which are in Arabic. Moreover, the administration process has been prolonged to at least 14 days. As of February 2011, Iraqi authorities have extended the process even further to a total of 21 days, which led to complaints by the US Embassy and has caused disagreements between the two countries.

“What makes the situation even more complicated is the fact that the Iraqi Government is demanding a billion dollars from the US for damages caused to Baghdad, claiming that everything is still surrounded by T-walls and that army convoys use public parks as through routes, etc,” said Karoly.

With seven offices located throughout Iraq, Move One employees have all the necessary documentation, work permits and visas needed to reside and operate legally within the country. Our extensive local knowledge of the region dates back to 2003 and has helped us build a successful track record in handling everything from small shipments to heavy, over-sized cargo for a variety of customers in the oil and gas industry as well as civil reconstruction.

For further information about our logistics services in Iraq and the Middle East, please contact Erik Hemphill, Move One’s Regional Manager at [email protected].

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4 Responses to Iraq Visa Requirements Change

  1. Scott Monson March 3, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    This is more an advertisement for MoveOne than relevant information about the visa changes. It would be more helpful to know if the new process is in place and functioning with some time lines for implementation and clearing the backlog of applications.

  2. Editor March 4, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Scott, thank you for your comments.

    This piece is, as you say, an ad for MoveOne, but we took the view that it contains enough relevant information to merit publication. Anecdotal evidence from people operating in the country can help to inform some of our readers.

    We are keeping an eye on the visa situation, both into Iraq and for Iraqis traveling abroad, and will report any information we get.

    – Editor

  3. Rob March 10, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    Has the visa situation changed my company was looking at opportunities in Baghdad that we made contact with. But they have now told us that entry into Iraq is banned.

    is that True.

    regards!

    Rob Carbonie

  4. agha jamal November 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    Hi dear, I would appreciate if you keep me update on visa news. My recruitment had been stopped because of ban on visas. I am a Pakistani national & living in Pakistan. What about visit visas. Are they banned too?