Visa Policy Information

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Visa Policy of Syria

Independent travel to Syria without a tourist guide and an organized tour in Syria was possible until 2018.

Since then, an accompanying tourist guide with a compulsory hotel reservation became required. The Syria tourist visa is administered through collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, Immigration, and Passports. There are requirements to receive a Syrian visa on arrival, including having a tourist guide, secured overnight in a hotel, and transportation arranged in advance.

A Syrian visa on arrival can be acquired with our services when you purchase one of our Syria tours.

Considering the updated Visa policy of Syria, citizens of the following countries can get a Syria visa on arrival after filling up our Syria visa form and being granted a proper Syria border security clearance number. After having this number, you can easily buy your Syria tourist visa at the border with the help of our guide. Most nationalities can make a Syrian visa at the border after having the visa reference number document.

  • All European Union citizens
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Switzerland
  • Mexico
  • Singapore

Citizens of the United States of America are currently denied entrance to Syria.

Syria Visa Policy Map

Syria Visa Policy Map
Syria Visa Policy Map

Please note:

  • With this border security clearance number, you will skip the line at the border and go directly to pay your VOA (Visa on Arrival).
  • The visa-on-arrival price differs by nationality and usually costs 25 to 150 Euros. Most nationalities have a 50 Euro.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months.
  • American passports need to apply two months in advance.
  • Journalists are denied tourist visas. Contact us for more information.
  • Citizens of the State of Israel are banned from entering the Syrian Arab Republic.
  • Admission is refused to holders of passports or travel documents containing an Israeli visa or stamp or any data showing that the visitor has been to Israel or indication of any connection with the state of Israel.

Please read our Syria travel page:

Visa Policy of Iraq

On the 15th of March 2021, the Iraqi government lifted pre-arrival visa requirements allowing citizens from 37 countries to get an Iraq Visa-on-arrival at approved airports.

Considering the updated Visa policy of Iraq, citizens of the following countries can get an Iraq visa on arrival at any entry point, land, sea, or air.

  • All European Union citizens
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Switzerland

Although this information is legit, we had some clients having their land-border crossings denied and having to go back and fly to Baghdad. We advise you only to arrive by air.

Nationals of the following countries may obtain an Iraq visa on arrival at Al Najaf International Airport and Basra International Airport.

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

Iraq Visa Policy Map

Iraq Visa Policy Map
Iraq Visa Policy Map

Visa Policy of Iraqi Kurdistan

The Iraqi Kurdistan visa requirements are very clear, and citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements. Visitors can obtain a 30-day tourism or visit visa on arrival to enter the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Lebanon
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Please note:

  • The Iraqi Kurdistan visa can be extended. The total validity is 45 days from the date of the entry. This Kurdistan visa extension can be applied twice, not more than 90 days.
  • Visitors must ensure that the time remaining until their passport’s expiration date is not less than 6 months.
  • Citizens of Israel are prohibited from visiting Iraq, except Iraqi Kurdistan, where Israeli nationals are authorized to travel.

This Iraqi-Kurdistan visa stamp is not valid outside of Iraqi-Kurdistan area (governorates of Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Duhok, and Halabja). Exiting the regions of Iraqi-Kurdistan with this visa stamp to other city in Iraq may expose the visitor to a fine, deportation, or prision. You can enter Iraqi Kurdistan visa with an entry stamp from Baghdad, but not the other way around.

Visa Policy of Iran

As of January 2018, holders of ordinary passports traveling as tourists can obtain an Iran visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days (extendable) at all Iranian international airports.

Before traveling to Iran, everyone must acquire a visa from one of the Iranian embassies worldwide unless they come from one of the visa-exempt nations or countries eligible for an Iranian visa at the airport. The Visa policy of Iran is very clear about it, and the whole process is relatively straightforward to deal with.

Nationals of the following countries may obtain an Iran visa on arrival at Tehran international airport.

  • All European countries (except the UK)
  • All Asian countries (except Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Iraq)
  • All African countries (except Libya and Somalia)
  • All North American and South American countries (except Canada, the USA, and Colombia)

Citizens of the following countries can visit Iran without a visa:

  • Armenia
  • Oman
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Georgia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bolivia
  • Lebanon
  • China (Hong Kong and Macao)
  • Egypt
  • Malaysia
  • Venezuela

Please read our Iran visa on arrival page:

  • Most countries can get an Iranian visa on arrival.
  • The visa-on-arrival price differs by nationality, usually costing 50 to 75 Euros.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months.
  • Iran no longer stamps the passports of foreign tourists in a bid to ease their concerns about traveling to other countries after leaving Iran.
  • Citizens of Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America have to apply for the visa reference number for visa on arrival 3 months in advance.
  • You’re Jewish? There are 10,000 Jewish living in Iran, the largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel. It’s OK if you’re Jewish.
  • Citizens of Israel (Jewish, Muslim, and Christian) are banned from entry to Iran.
  • Admission is refused to holders of passports or travel documents containing an Israeli visa or stamp or any data showing that the visitor has been to Israel or indication of any connection with the state of Israel.
  • The MFA requires Americans, British and Canadian nationals to travel in Iran with a compulsory tour from arrival to departure, and you need need a guide at all times daily. You can’t travel alone or on your while in Iran.

Iran Visa Policy Map

Iran Visa Policy Map
Iran Visa Policy Map

Visa required

Nationals of the following countries cannot obtain an Iran visa on arrival and must consequently get the visa at any Iranian embassy.

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Colombia
  • Libya
  • Pakistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Nepal
  • Somalia
  • UK
  • Yemen
  • Iraq

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