Iranian government announced it is now offering visas to the people of the autonomous Kurdistan Region and Iraq free of charge. It is starting Monday, April 1, 2019 and reciprocating a similar decision recently issued by the Iraqi federal government. Iranian visa fee
The decision was announced in a statement issued by both the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulates in the Kurdistan Region. Iranian visa fee
The Iraqi government, mid-March, opted to exempt Iranian citizens from the usual visa fee starting April 1.
The move follows a recent 3-day visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Iraq earlier this month. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasimi told local reporters.
The price of an Iranian visa for Iraqi nationals is about USD 50. Iranian visa fee
Iranian visas will also be given to Iraqis in the form of a sticker rather than a stamp on the citizens’ passport. Iranian visa fee
Every year, Iraq hosts millions of Iranian pilgrims and visitors who come to visit major Shia Muslim religious sites during observances, including Arba’een and Ashura.
Despite of 8 consecutive years of fight between Iran and Iraq, the inhabitants of these two countries have taken practical measures to have a good relationship. Having interests and concerns such as economic benefits, cultural and religious context in common, have led two nations to the peace.
Having said that, hundreds of separatists inside and outside Iraq believe that the visa fees for Iranians must not be applied.