Travel Information Iraq
- FLAG 🇮🇶
- CAPITAL Baghdad
- GOVERNMENT parliamentary democracy
- CURRENCY Iraqi Dinar (IQD)
- POPULATION 38,146,025
- TOTAL AREA 169,234 Square Miles or 438,317 Square Kilometers
- LANGUAGES Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Assyrian, Armenian
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Iraq uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+03:00
- LOCATION Iraq is located in Western Asia.
Most popular cities in Iraq
- Baghdad (بغداد)
- Arbil (أربيل)
- Ar Rutba (الرطبة)
- Basra البصرة
- Dahuk دهوك
- Fallujah الفلّوجة
- Karbala (كربلاء)
- Kirkuk (كركوك)
- Mosul الموصل
- Najaf النجف الاشرف
Sockets & Plugs
Iraq uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type D and Type G.
Iraq uses the Iraqi dinar (symbol: ع.د), code IQD.
Banknotes come in denominations of 50000, 25000, 10000, 5000, 1000, 500 and 250 dinar. Dinar is subdivided into 1000 filss. Coins come in denominations of null.
Automatic teller machines are rare in Iraq. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Iraq is on average 3.7 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Iraq is low. It is not as easy to find one.
To call Iraq, dial +, then 964 (the country code for Iraq), then the area code and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
Iraq has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year almost
- always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is illegal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 112 or 911
- Ambulance 112 or 911
- Fire department 112 or 911
- Police 104
- Ambulance 122
- Fire 115
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Yellow Fever
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
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