Iraq adds more red tape to visa process

A new $82 fee for single-entry visa holders is the latest hurdle for foreign investors wishing to enter Iraq.
Passengers wait to go through customs at Baghdad International Airport. (MOHAMMED AMEEN/Reuters)

BAGHDAD - Iraq has added another bureaucratic barrier for foreign investors wishing to enter the country. Single-entry visa holders now have to pay an $82 fee at the airport, in addition to the previously existing visa fees and procedures.

Investors, diplomats, and oil company officials have complained for months that it has been nearly impossible to obtain visas. Executives and contractors in the oil sector say that the problem has begun to increase project costs and delay oil development, and no solution is in sight.

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