Is it safe?
Yes! While you may hear a very different story from the media, Iraq is in fact safe to visit for both men and women. Iraq has come a long way in recent years and all of the places we visit are safe.
Can women travel to Iraq?
Absolutely! Women are definitely welcome to travel to Iraq. The only difference is that women have to dress a bit more conservatively than men. Apart from that, there are no differences between men and women traveling to Iraq. And even that, there are plenty of situations where women will be able to dress exactly how they please.
Can I use ATMs?
Theoretically yes, however they are not so common and foreign cards rarely work in the country. Iraq is a very cash-based society, so it is wise to bring in cash with you such as US Dollars or Euros and exchange them there.
What is the best way to get to Iraq?
The best way to fly into Baghdad is via any of the big Middle Eastern hubs, with Dubai and Istanbul generally being the cheapest. There are a surprising number of options though.
Can I get a sim card?
Yes, you can. Not all the mobile companies in Iraq will provide a sim card to foreigners, however Asia Cell is a good option. To be able to get one you do have to go to an official store.
Is alcohol legal?
Yes, alcohol is legal in Iraq. You won’t find a pumping red light district in downtown Baghdad, however there are discos and shops where you can buy alcohol throughout the country, although they are not so numerous.
Is there anything I should never do?
Like every place yes! There are some cultural things that you must avoid. In Iraq the biggest thing is to not point the bottom of your feet at people. When sitting in restaurants on the floor make sure when you get up you don’t point your feet at someone as this is very offensive.