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Iraq grants visas on arrival to citizens of 30 countries

Citizens of 30 countries are now able to obtain a visa upon arrival to Iraq, the government announced on Monday.

Citizens of countries that are in the European Union, as well as permanent members of the UN security council, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland, can now obtain a visa on arrival at Iraq’s airports, land and sea crossings, according to an official statement.

The decision came into effect on Monday.

Baghdad did not provide further information on the visa, but said all arrivals “must comply with all Iraqi preventive health measures as decided by the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety.”

The ruling was made “to encourage investment and support job creation,” the government tweeted.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi highlighted Iraq’s desire for foreign investment on his October trip to Europe, meeting with French and German business figures to discuss economic opportunities in the country.

Iraq is keen to “create a solid economic partnership” and “provide healthy and appropriate conditions for investment,” his office said following meetings in Paris in October.

The PM previously spoke of Iraq’s need for tourism following the historic visit of Pope Francis earlier this month, which he hopes will boost the country’s international image.