Fly to Basra, Iraq
Basra is Iraq’s third largest metropolis and the country’s primary port near the Persian Gulf. The city is situated in southern Iraq, in the Lower Mesopotamian area and in close proximity to the Kuwaiti border. The charm of Basra is amplified by its many lush gardens, trees and waterways.
A network of canals which course through the city has earned it the pet name ‘The Venice of the Middle East’ (more so during high tide). The city lies in a rich fertile agricultural region and produces rice, maize, dates and barley. The surrounding area has enormous petroleum reserves and many oil wells.
Visitors are warned against travelling to Basra at present. A travel warning advisory states that the city remains an extremely dangerous place with a high volume of terrorism related activities. For those planning on travelling to Basra, it is recommended that you keep abreast of the latest information regarding travel to Iraq.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Basra do require a Visa for Iraq. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The nearest SA embassy to Basra is in Amman, Jordan. 15 Bashir Al Shuraiqi Street, North West Abdoun, Amman, Jordan. Phone: +962-6-592-1194/2288/4364.
See and do
The city has many significant cultural landmarks including the old mosque of Basra, Sayab's House Ruins and Sayyed Ali al-Musawi Mosque. The old commercial centre and true spirit of the city is Ashar. Navigate its narrow streets and explore the magic of the bazaar, mosque, enchanting old Arab-style houses with wooden facades and exotic gardens where bee-eaters, kingfishers and other birds flit about.
Sinbad Island is one of the city’s famous tourist areas. The area has within its confines a casino, a floating hotel, theatre and night club, a swimming pool and is home to exquisite gardens which feature beautiful fountains.
Another adventure entertainment complex is Basra Land which is the city’s oldest theme park.
For visitors wishing to indulge in a little shopping or take in the old world atmosphere and charm of the many local bazaars, Basra offers a delicious blend of spices, coffee and herbs. Visit the Indian market (Amogaiz) which is one of the main bazaars, and the long established Hanna-Sheikh Bazaar.
Basra International Airport – BSR
Basra International Airport represents the second largest airport in Iraq and is situated in the city of Basra in southern Iraq.
Food and beverage: A 24 hour coffee shop caters for food and drinks needs as well as a gifts/refreshments shop.
Airport Hub: Basra International Airport (code BSR) is a hub for Iraqi Airways.