Iraqi Passport
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The front cover of a contemporary Iraqi Passport
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Information page
TypePassport
Issued by Iraq
First issuedFebruary 1, 2010
(biometric passport)
EPassport logo.svg
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PurposeIdentification
EligibilityIraqi Citizenship
Expiration8 years after issuance;
4 years for citizens under the age of 15
Cost25,000 Dinars (first / renewal)
Cover of an Iraqi Passport (1991-2003)
Cover of an Iraqi Passport (1991-2003)

The Iraqi passport (Arabic: جواز السفر العراقي) (Kurdish: پاسپۆرت عێراقی|) is a passport document issued to citizens of Iraq, including the country’s autonomous Kurdistan region, for international travel. The new "A" series of passports began circulating on 1 February 2010, as a result of Iraqi governmental initiatives to create a more secure Iraqi passport. Previous series issued by passport offices in Iraq and diplomatic representatives worldwide include the "S" non-machine-readable series, and the "G" series.[2]

History

The new A-series passports have been issued since 1 October 2009 (German embassy in Jordan, 2009). Passports in the G-series are thus no longer issued, but they are still valid until their expiry date. However, in autumn 2014, a document expert at a Western embassy in Amman informed Landinfo (meeting in Amman, November 2014) that the Iraqi authorities were still issuing G-series passports. This means that real G-series passports issued after 2009 may be in circulation. A-series passports differ from G-series passports in that they contain text in Arabic, Kurdish and English. There is also a difference on the page containing personal data – G-series passports have a field for the passport holder’s signature or fingerprints, while in A-series passports, this field has been replaced by a bar code. The page containing biometric data is laminated, as it was in the G-series. The passport holder’s signature is on page 3 in the passport. A-series passports have 48 pages and are valid for eight years. The passport number is perforated through the bottom of each page starting from page 3. Pages 4–48 are visa pages. All A-series passports are personal. Children must have their own passport.

1934 Iraqi passport used up to 1939 for Europe and British Palestine.
1934 Iraqi passport used up to 1939 for Europe and British Palestine.

Passport types

There are four different passport types.

Passport Series

Series Issued From Issued To Valid for Travel
A biometric passport February 1, 2010 Present Yes[3]
G 2007 February 1, 2010 No Since February 1, 2018[4]
H ? ? No since December 31, 2011[5]
N ? ? No since January 1, 2008[6]
M ? ? No since December 31, 2006[7]
S ? ? No since September 1, 2006[8]

Physical appearance

Languages

The new A-series passports differ from G-series passports in that they contain text in Arabic, Kurdish and English. There is also a difference on the page containing personal data – G-series passports have a field for the passport holder’s signature or fingerprints, while in A-series passports, this field has been replaced by a bar code

Identity Information page

The front page of the Iraqi passport includes the following data:

The page ends with a 2-line machine readable zone, according to ICAO standard 9303. The country code is IRQ as is the standard country code for Iraq (according to ISO 3166-1 alpha-3).

Visa Requirements

Main article: Visa requirements for Iraqi citizens

On January 18, 2018, Iraqi citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 28 countries and territories, ranking the Iraqi passport 104th in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.

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Gallery of historic images

See also

References

  1. ^ "IRQ103919.E" (PDF). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Announcement (A) Series Passport". Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in London. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  3. ^ "IRQ103919.E" (PDF). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  4. ^ "IRQ103919.E" (PDF). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ "IRQ103919.E" (PDF). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ "IRQ103919.E" (PDF). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ "IRQ103919.E" (PDF). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ "IRQ103919.E" (PDF). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016.