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The Embassy of Italy in Baghdad issues Schengen visas for short-stay (up to 90 days) for Italy, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia, as well as national long-stay visas, only for Italy (over 90 days).

All Iraqi citizens who are resident in the Republic of Iraq can submit a visa application, except those who are resident in Kurdistan, who must apply to the Italian Consulate in Erbil.

Citizens of other countries for which a Schengen visa is required can also submit a visa application, provided they are legally resident in Iraq.

All persons, age 12 and older, who apply for a short-stay visa, must provide their biometric data (fingerprints and a photograph) when they submit their application, therefore they have to be present in person to apply. Applications for long-stay visa must also be submitted in person, even though fingerprints will not be acquired.

A visa application can be lodged, by prior appointment:

a) at the VFS GLOBAL Baghdad outsourcing agency – Al-Yarmuk Qr., 4th Street, Jordan intersection – 0781.370.3233 – – Sunday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 3 pm;

b) at the VFS GLOBAL Basrah outsourcing agency – Basrah, Shanshol Mall, floor 2 – 0780.733.0199 – info.italyiraq@vfshelpline – Sunday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 3 pm;

c) at the Visa Office of the Embassy of Italy – FOB Fernandez (Tigris Compound), West Wing – Villa n. 9 – Please note that applicants will have to access the International Zone (Green Zone), where the Embassy is located, by themselves.

The application must be submitted not earlier than 3 months before the planned date of travel and, considering the time required for the prescribed consultation of Schengen Countries for Iraqi citizens, at least 3 weeks before the date of travel.

The required documents vary according to the type of visa requested:

–          Business

–          Family reunion

–          Invitation

–          Medical care

–          Mission

–          Sports

–          Study

–          Tourist

For other types of visa, you are welcome to contact the Visa Office at the email address

Here you can download application forms and invitation letter templates:

–          Schengen visa application form (up to 90 days)

–          National visa application form (over 90 days)

–          Invitation letter for business

–          Invitation letter for tourism

The short-stay Schengen visa application form can also be filled in online, at the address

As a general rule, each visa application is subject to payment of consular fees whose list you can download here.

However, both Schengen rules and national ones provide different consular fees for certain types of visa (study, research, etc.) or for those applicants who belongs to some specific categories (EU family members, international organizations officials, etc.). When necessary, the Visa Office will select the applicable consular fee.


Additional service charges will be due to VFS GLOBAL if you avail yourself of their services (

For any additional information, please visit the portal Visa for Italy or write to the Visa Office at the email address