Iraq Shopping, Embassy and Communication

Iraq Shopping, Embassy and Communication



Official languages ​​are Arabic and Kurdish. Bedouin dialects are also spoken in the south-west, and Turkish to some extent in the north. Azerbaijani and Aramaic are also spoken in some areas. Foreign languages ​​are rarely mastered.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

01/06/2022 Memorial day in honor of the military

04/09/2022 Baghdad Liberation Day

05/01/2022 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

05/01/2022 Labor Day

07/09/2022 Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

07/14/2022 day of the Republic

07/30/2022 islamic new year festival

08/08/2022 Armistice Day (End of Iran-Iraq War)

08/08/2022 Ashura

03.10.2022 National holiday

10/09/2022 Milad un Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)


The dates given for Islamic holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shift from year to year.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset, which causes disruptions or deviations in the normal course of business (including reduced opening hours of shops and authorities) and therefore there may be restrictions for travelers.

Many restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, and the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes is restricted or e.g. T. even strictly forbidden, even for non-Muslim vacationers. In hotel complexes it must be taken into account that meals and drinks during Ramadan may only be taken in the hotel restaurant or in the room.

Travelers should expect increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in respect of Islamic traditions.

Some interruptions may also occur during Eid al-Fitr. This festival, like Eid al-Adha, is indefinite and can last from 2-10 days depending on the region.

Duty free shopping


Up-to-date information on duty-free regulations is not available at this time. The following duty-free carry-on allowances are guidelines: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1 bottle of spirits and 1 bottle of wine (together no more than 1 l); Up to 2 opened bottles of perfume (together no more than 500 ml).

Prohibited Imports

Western magazines, drugs, weapons, cell phones, laptops, binoculars, typewriters, electrical appliances, all kinds of plants and fruits, fresh and dried meat, and dairy products. More information is available from

Prohibited Exports

Valuables or electronic devices purchased in Iraq that were undeclared upon entry. The illegal export of antiques, archaeological finds (including small fragments) and antique carpets can be punished with severe penalties up to and including the death penalty.

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
Elfenstrasse 6
+41 (0)31 351 40 43.

Mon-Fri 09.00-15.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
Johannesgasse 26, Postfach 322
+43 (0)1 713 81 95.

Mon-Fri 09.00-15.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

Consulate General in Frankfurt/M.

Pacelliallee 19-21
+49 (0)30 814 88 100/115/130.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00.


Business etiquette

Business cards are common, e.g. Sometimes they are printed in Arabic and English. At business meetings, non-business topics are often addressed as well.

Opening hours

Business hours: Sat-Thurs 08.00-14.00, Friday is the weekly rest day and the shops are usually closed. Opening times may be shorter during Ramadan.

Business contacts

Arab-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Ghorfa) Garnisonkirchplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany Tel. +49 (0)30 278 90 70. Website: Austrian-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) Lobkowitzplatz 1, Postfach 76, 1010 Vienna, Austria Tel. +43 (0)1 513 39 65. Website:



According to, the country code is 00964 and the city code for Baghdad is 01. Iraq has an ailing telephone network and telephone communication is mainly via mobile phones.

Mobile phone

GSM 900. The cities are in the reception and transmission range. International roaming contracts exist.


There are more and more internet cafes, especially in Baghdad.

Post office

Airmail to Europe takes 5-10 days, often longer. Land shipments do not always reach their destination.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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