Iraq announces 30-day free visas for Pakistani Arbaeen pilgrims


BAGHDAD: The Iraqi government, on Saturday, announced free visas for the Pakistani Arabaeen pilgrims from August 19 to September 20.

The decision came in the light of the bilateral talks between the two countries during the visit of former interior minister Rana Sanaullah to Iraq.

The Iraqi Embassy has released the details of the 30-day free visas for the Pakistani pilgrims with the quota of Pakistan increased to 100,000 visas for the first time with only Iraqi and Pakistani airlines operating for services.

Pakistani pilgrims will enter Iraq from Al-Sheib Port through the land route of Baghdad and Al-Najaf International Airport.

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Moreover, the condition of arrival and departure at the same airport for Pakistani visitors has also been abolished.

Earlier rules included a 15-day visa for a fee and certain logistical regulations. Both countries will also regulate tourism companies to provide quality services to visitors.

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