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Welcome to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad!

The Consular Section provides many services, including issuing visas. A visa allows you to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines your eligibility for admission into the United States.

What Types of Visas Are Available?

Who Needs a Visa?

All Iraqi citizens require specific documentation to enter the United States.  Usually, this is a visa.

Travelers holding dual citizenship with the United States may not receive a visa, and must enter the United States using their American passport.

Security Message to U.S. Citizens (May 22, 2014)

Security Message to U.S.  Citizens                                      May 21, 2014

 The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that Iraq remains at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence.  Recent reports indicate that militant groups may be surveilling U.S. citizens for possible kidnapping operations, particularly oil company employees working in Basrah Province, Iraq. The groups may be focused on U.S. citizens at hotels in the Basrah area.  We encourage all U.S. citizens to review the existing travel warning for Iraq and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety if travel to Iraq is necessary.

 U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General Erbil.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

 U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy, located in the IZ, via e-mail to  In the event of a U.S. citizen emergency please contact:  0770-443-1286 (from Iraq) or 011-964-770-443-1286 (from the United States).

 U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain the latest information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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Consular Information

  • The Consular Section is located on the Embassy compound on Al Kindi Street within the International zone.  Please enter through the Consular Portal off of Al Kindi Street.  Weapons are not allowed in the Consular waiting room and parking is limited.

    We hope that this web site will answer most of your questions.  If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.