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Iraq gives Iranians Visas Free of Charge

Iraq has begun issuing entry visa for Iranians free of charge in a reciprocal move under a deal. Iranians travelling to Iraq can now obtain visa free of charge. The Iraqi cabinet of ministers said the decision that took effect on April 1 has been made as a reciprocal move which had been agreed upon […]

Video: Religious Tourism Squeezed by Iran Sanctions

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay at home. View on YouTube

Iraq to Reduce Visa Charges for Iranian Pilgrims

By John Lee. Iraq will reportedly reduce its visa charges for Iranian pilgrims later this year. According to the report from Associated Press, the reduction will only apply to pilgrims of the “Arbaeen,” the anniversary of the passage of 40 days after the death of Shiite Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. Visas normally cost […]

Millions of Iranians enter Iraq for Shiite Ritual

By Changiz M. Varzi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A day after millions of Shiite Muslims marked Arbaeen, the annual pilgrimage to the Hussein mosque in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the front pages of Iranian dailies on Nov. 21 carried large […]

Iranian Diplomat Cautions against Iraq Trip without Visa

An Iranian deputy foreign minister denied rumors that Iraq has removed visa requirements for pilgrims going to the Arab country for Arbaeen rituals, stressing that all visitors will still need visas from the Iraqi government to cross the border. Illegal entry into Iraq, namely without a valid visa, will carry a prison sentence of up […]

Iran Bans Pilgrimage to Samarra after Terrorist Attack

Iranian pilgrims are forbidden from traveling to the Iraqi city of Samarra until further notice in the wake of a Sunday terrorist attack that killed and wounded scores of Iranian pilgrims in the holy city, an official announced. Majid Aqababaei, a deputy interior minister for border affairs, told Tasnim on Monday that the decision to […]

Iran Favours Visa-Free Regime with Iraq

An Iranian deputy foreign minister expressed Tehran’s willingness to ease visa requirements for incoming tourists from Iraq if Baghdad’s government would agree to do so for Iranians traveling to the Arab country. “I have announced in my latest consular trip (to Iraq) that we are willing to remove the visa requirements or take any measure […]