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How difficult is private travel from Indonesia to baghdad?
I have a friend working there and can stay with him. what is the procedure for arranging visas/flight from Indonesia. Thanks for help
Re: Travel to Baghdad
You should read this recent thread about travel to Iraq, which contains useful and relevant information:
For information on visas you need to contact the Iraqi embassy in Indonesia. Address and contact info here:
If your friend is already in Baghdad he should be able to guide you about safety, procedures etc etc.
Re: Travel to Baghdad
This is informasion for iraqi visa. i obtaioned it from Iraqi embassy in Indonesia. for futher information you may contact the number below.
In response to your Visa enquiry to Iraq , kindly be informed of the
under-mentioned steps to follow in order to obtain entry visa to Iraq :
1. Have your counterpart in Iraq send you an invitation letter to visit Iraq .
2. Based on this invitation letter, provide your counterpart in Iraq with the copy of your passport and have your counterpart apply an entry visa for you to
and get the approval from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior.
3. The approval shall be submitted to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry which would then instruct their Embassy to issue the visa for you. The
issuing Embassy can either be in the country where you reside or in a specific country by special request. As a Singaporean passport
holder, you can visit the Iraqi Embassy in Jakarta .
4. For the issuance of the visa, you are required to visit the Consular Section of the Iraqi Embassy to submit:
- the invitation letter
- the completed application form (shall be done at the Embassy)
- 2 pieces of passport-size photograph of yours
- Original passport
- The visa fee: US$ 40.-
5. The Embassy will issue the visa upon receiving the instruction of the Foreign Ministry.
May the above explanation meets to your expectation. And please do not hesitate to contact us shall you have further enquiries.
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
Jl. Teuku Umar No. 38
Menteng - Jakarta Pusat 10350
Telp. (62 21) 390 4067, 68, 69
Fax. (62 21) 390 4066
Travel Tips for Baghdad
see the suqs: the traditional...
see the suqs: the traditional organization of these oriental markets exists only for some branches which are separated from street to street. The street with the books is may be the most interesting for non locals: often you can find old English books in the small shops. I found a second edition of Henry Austin Layard's book about Ninive - but unfortunately we couldn't find a price to satisfy both sides.
If you allow some time to drive 90 km southward to Babylon that is located not far from Baghdad-Hilla highway, 10 km north of Hilla, you will be greatly impressed by centuries-old walls and area. the picture shows the Street of Processions in Babylon. There are lots of other fabulous sites worth visiting in that area.
Tasting some dates that are abundant in Iraq.
The palm tree is considered to be one of the oldest trees in the world. It is often called "the tree of the first life".
They say Iraq is the first home of that immortal tree. The country produces hundreds of thousands of tons of dates every year - 40% of the world dates production.
The curious Iraqis have even calculated that there existed 33 million palm trees in their country at present.
They say there are 531 kinds of date palms, each having its specific name: haliavi;
and many others. The dates are the national pride of Iraq and are universal means for many people. shopping at the Iraqi "souq" (market).
Trying to speak Arabic...
Try to learn and to speak at least a few Arabic words and phrases so that the locals would be glad to please you.
As a language teacher, I managed to learn how to pronounce a couple of phrases, especially at the market.
I did not forget to greet the shop owner as "Mister" and also asked him,"How much is it?" in pidgin Arabic... It was a success!
I even tried reading some phrases in the magazines. talking to the locals
Try to have a map of Baghdad about you for you may easily get lost in the great number of roads and streets.
Personally I always had this map in the city and could approach a local with the map asking the way or show it to the taxi driver to take me wherever I needed to.
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