IRAQ – Further Changes to Entry and Exit Rules

On 4 September 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) announced several important changes to the immigration rules.

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IRAQ – Further Changes to Entry and Exit Rules

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IRAQ – Ministry of Interior Effects Several Important Changes

On 8 February 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) issued a notification making several important changes to the immigration rules.

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IRAQ – UPDATE: Ministry of Interior Summons Cancelled

UPDATE: As of 25 January 2018, the below-described summons from the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Residency Office has been cancelled until further notice.

On 18 January 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) issued a notification that they had served all foreign companies’ visa representatives a letter stating that the management of all foreign companies under a contract with a foreign army or embassy or an Iraqi entity must attend a meeting at the MOI Residency Office, on Monday 29 January 2018, to discuss all regulations issued from the MOI for the years 2017 to 2018.

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IRAQ – UPDATE: Ministry of Interior Summons Cancelled

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IRAQ – Ministry of Interior Summons Company Management to Immigration Meeting

Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) has ordered the management of all foreign companies under a contract with a foreign army or embassy or an Iraqi entity to attend a meeting at the MOI Residency Office, on Monday 29 January 2018, to discuss all regulations issued from the MOI for the years 2017 to 2018.

IRAQ – Exit Visas No Longer Available at Airports – UPDATED

Effective 31 December 2018, the Government of Iraq’s (GOI) Ministry of Interior issued an instruction that the GOI visa offices at the Federal Iraq airports (Baghdad, Basra , Najaf etc.) will resume issuance of Iraqi exit visas ONLY for any MEV or MEEVs that expired before 27 November 2017

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IRAQ – Exit Visas No Longer Available at Airports – UPDATED

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IRAQ – Visa Letters of Approval Limited to Three Months Validity

Effective December 19, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior has begun limiting the validity of Letters of Approval (LOAs) for all visas to three months. Previously, LOAs were issued with varying validity periods depending on visa type, giving LOA holders up to one year in which to enter Iraq and activate or renew their visas.

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IRAQ – Visa Letters of Approval Limited to Three Months Validity

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IRAQ – Stricter Penalties for Late Visa Activation

Effective 28 November 2017, the Iraqi federal government has imposed a stricter regime of fines for late in-country visa activation.

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IRAQ – Stricter Penalties for Late Visa Activation

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IRAQ – No Change Yet to Iraqi Immigration Rules; Immediate Changes to Kurdistan Immigration Rules

Non-Implementation of Iraqi Parliament Resolution on Reciprocal Travel Ban

On 31 January 2017, the Iraqi Parliament approved a resolution to impose reciprocal measures on US nationals, following the US President’s Executive Order banning practically all Iraqis from entering the US for 90 days.

However, Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi has stated that his government continues to review alternative measures which would not harm Iraq’s national security interests. So far there has been no change to immigration procedures in federal Iraq.

Kurdistan Immigration Changes

On 5 February 2017, the Immigration Office of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced new instructions, valid until 15 May 2017, effectively preventing anyone from exiting Iraq via Kurdistan.

Foreign national personnel based in southern Iraq and requiring exit stamps are advised to transit out of Iraq via Baghdad, Najaf or Basra, rather than via Erbil.

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IRAQ – No Change Yet to Iraqi Immigration Rules; Immediate Changes to Kurdistan Immigration Rules

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