Travel Advice for Iraq
Iraq
Capital: Baghdad

Time Zone GMT + 3 (GMT + 4 during the summer).
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 964
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present.
Tourist
Information
Not Present.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Holders of Israeli passports or other passports containing Israeli visas. US passports are not currently valid for travel to or in Iraq without special validation being required.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists entirely in the vivax variety between May and November.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Visceral leishmaniasis, Bilharzia, Crimean-Congo fever, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Iraqi Dinar (ID) = 20 dirhams = 1000 fils.
NOTE: Import of local currency is allowed up to ID 25. Export of local currency is limited to ID 5.
Credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Since the Gulf War and the imposition of United Nations sanctions, Iraq's economy has become hyper-inflated.
Languages Mostly Arabic. Some Kurdish, Turkish and Aramaic.
Weather Summers are hot and dry, winters are warm with some rain.
Electricity 220 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post Usually takes 5 - 10 days between Europe and Iraq but can take much longer.
Transport BUS: Services run between Baghdad and other main cities.
TAXI: Available in the cities. Fares should be agreed in advance. Metered taxies charge twice the amount shown on the meter.
CAR HIRE: Available at the airport and in Baghdad.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required and third party insurance is necessary.
Special
Information
EXTREME RISK. Travelling to Iraq is strongly discouraged by virtually all governments. Visitors should respect the Islamic religion and act accordingly. Avoid taking photographs.