No USD needed for Iraq visa, Iranian rial new currencyStaff Writer | October 23, 2017
The U.S. dollar has been replaced by Iranian rial for getting a visa to Iraq as of October 22, the director of the Passport and Visa Office at the Foreign Ministry said.
Traveling more than 2.4 million Iranians traveled to Iraq
The move was made to protect pilgrims from the fluctuating exchange rates of the U.S. dollar.
Travelers to Iraq were previously charged $40 for the visa but from now on, they will pay 1.9 million rials ($49.8), which would also include travel insurance, tour and emergency services.
A lot of Iranians set off on a pilgrimage to the Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the occasion of Arbaeen, the 40th day anniversary after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH).
Last year, more than 2.4 million Iranians traveled to Iraq on Arbaeen. This year’s Arbaeen coincides with Nov. 9 and officials predict that the number of Iranian visitors would hit three million. ■