Government of Iraq (GOI)

Updated 5th of July, 2018

NGO international staff can apply for visa:

The Iraqi Parliament law which legislates visas [Residency Law (No. 67) 2017] can be found below:
(Hint: please, copy the following link and paste it in your internet browser) 

  1. From outside the country: Through one of the Iraqi Embassies abroad, as Ambassadors have the authority to grant a visit visa. This works on irregular/ad hoc basies, especially if you still do not have operations inside Iraq.

  2. From inside the country: According to a new procedure launched on 18 March 2018, NGOs should apply for visas through the NGO Directorate if the organization has started operations inside Iraq.

Applying for visa from inside the country:

DNGO Instructions:

All the required information and formats can be found online, so Please click on the below link, then go to (Requesting visa & update the information of the staff) Page:

General requirements:

  1. NGOs first need to gain a registration certificate from the NGO Directorate according to the NGO Law (No. 12), 2010 to allow it to operate inside Iraq.

  2. You need an Iraqi sponsor (national staff or consultant) authorized by an official letter from the legal representative (Country Director/Head of Mission) to represent your NGO in both the NGO Directorate and the Residency Department.

  3. All applications and communications must be in Arabic using the forms provided by the NGO Directorate.

  4. All applications need to be signed by the Head of Mission/Country Director, holder of Power of Attorney or a legal written authorization must be given to another staff member who will submit the applications in person to the NGO Directorate in Baghdad.

  5. Multiple colored copies of passports and passport sized photos will be needed.

  6. International staff members' passports cannot have an Israeli stamp and need to be valid for at least 6 months.

Visa Process

NGO Directorate:

  1. Maintain an updated contact and information sheet for staff members and letter for the authorized staff member with NGO directorate. This is done only once for every new staff member, hard copies required to be submitted for the One Stop Shop (OSS). Please find the template Here

  2. A visa application letter request needs to be submitted first to the NGO Directorate using an NGO format letter, signed by the CD/HoM and stamped.

  3. Info includes: Name, Passport number, Nationality, Address outside and inside Iraq, and Entry Point (name of airport) with passport copy.

Follow-up with Residency Office:

  1. Your sponsor will need to prepare 4 files for each application including his/her national ID cards (Iraqi 4 official cards) and photo, expat passport copy and photo, registration letter, Housing support letter (Mukhtar letter ), sponsor authorization letter, and Visa Application Form

  2. Your sponsor will visit the Residency Office and check in the mail office in the Internationals or Arabs section for the NGO Directorate letter.

  3. Then s/he will follow the internal procedures that can take 1 to 3 working days. Sponsor will sign assurance letter taking responsibility - along with the NGO - over the expat while in country.  S/he will be issued a card for interviews.

  4. Sponsor on behalf of the expat will have two interviews with the National Intelligence and the National Information Agency (both have offices at the Residency department).  Any of the two agencies could stop the visa process for security reasons.

  5. After the interviews receiving the Visa usually take maximum 10 to 15 days, Meanwhile the sponsor will visit the office to follow up on the approval and get the approval letter when finished.

  6. Copies of the official letter will be sent  through mail to inform the entry points (will take 2-3 days for Baghdad Airport, and 7 days for Basra or Najaf airports)

  7. Sponsor will send copy of the approval letter to the expat, expat needs to carry a copy of the letter with him. A visa sticker will also be stamped on the passport upon arrival at the airport.

  8. Expat will pay 82 USD at the airport for a visit visa and 202 USD for a multiple entry visa.

Notes: a new procedure was noticed recently in which airline companies do not accept the visa approval letter alone and require obtaining the visa sticker at the Iraqi Embassy ahead of travelling. This issue was faced recently with Dubai and Turkish airlines. This will cause 10 days delay until the residency and entry points are informed by the visa issuance from the Embassy.

Activation After Arrival:

  1. Sponsor will request a letter for blood tests. Expats can do the blood test in Rusafa Side, in the Blood Center in Allwiya (Karada area) or in Karkh side, in the Blood Center in Salahiya area.

  2. Sponsor on behalf of the expat staff who came with multi visa, will need to visit the residency directorate within the first 15 days of arrival to activate the visa which will allow the expat staff to travel out and to the country during the visa expiration, original passport will be needed for one or two days.

Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)

Updated 5th of July, 2018

Foreign International Staff & Visitors are required to get a Kurdistan Region Visa if they do not possess an Iraqi visa to enter Kurdistan Region of Iraq.