Iraq Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Iraq

Where is it?: Iraq is in the Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iran and Kuwait.

Why do people go here?: Unless you’re in the military, it’s foolish to even consider going to Iraq now. Although Iraq has much to offer intrepid travelers, the state of violence isn’t worth your life.

What are the main entry points?: You are playing with fire by coming to Iraq. If you did have to look for an overland entrance, then Kuwait would be your best bet. Otherwise fly into Bagdad in the middle of the night.

Currency used: Dinar

Country Code for Phones: 964

Religion: Muslim 97% (Shi’a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%

Population: 3.2 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Arab 75%-80%, Kurdish 15%-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian or other 5%

Government: Transitional Government

Languages: Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Assyrian, Armenian

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bagdad, Basra

Attractions: Al Abbas Mosque, Great Mosque of Samarra, Hadrat Abbas Shrine, Qaysareyah Market

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Ishtar, Kerbala

When to go: Anytime, just make sure to go there when there is no war.

Common Phrases: Yes: Away/Na’am, No: La, Thank You: Shukran, Hello: Ahlan, How are you: Izzayak? How much: Bi Kaam?, If God is willing, than it will happen: Inshaallah, Please: Min Fadilak, I don’t understand: Ana laa Afham

Specific Events/Holidays: Army Day, Ashura, Baghdad Liberation Day, Republic Day, Iran Day

Getting Around: Use a taxi or a bus.

Good to know: Iraq is in a state of disarray, chaos and guerrilla war. Foreigners are being kidnapped at an alarming rate.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Iraq is the Baghdad International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Iraq travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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