2.3.7 Iraq Border Crossing of Arar


Arar is a border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The nearest town in Saudi Arabia is Arar and the nearest town in Iraq is Al Nukhayb. The crossing has barracks for Iraqi border guards, a mosque, and offices for processing passengers crossing. The entry points witnesses a spike in traffic during Hajj season as Iraqis cross into Saudi Arabia to visit Mecca.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Iraq: Arar
Saudi Arabia: Arar

Province or District

Al Nukhayb

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Karbala (312 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Iraqi Government, Council of Ministers, Border Port Authority.

Iraqi Government, Ministry of Finance, Directorate of Customs.

Contact Person

Mr. Amer Thajeb, Customs Manager - 009647904700314


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Najaf International Airport (402 km)

Truck Travel Time: 8 hrs

Car Travel time: 5 hrs

Nearest Port

Umm Qasr Port (846 km)

Truck Travel Time: 24 hrs

Car Travel time: 9 hrs

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity

Karbala (312 km)

Truck Travel Time: 5 hrs

Car Travel time: 4 hrs

Other Information


Hours of Operation


24 hours/2 shifts


24 hours/2 shifts


24 hours/2 shifts


24 hours/2 shifts


24 hours/2 shifts


24 hours/2 shifts


24 hours/2 shifts

National Holidays

24 hours/2 shifts

Seasonal Constraints


Border Crossing Picture

Daily Capacity

Under normal circumstances, Arar has a total daily capacity that can handle approximately 500 trucks for both import and export operations. As for the import activities, the border crossing has parking area that lots up to 500 trucks of different types. There is a storage facility at the border with an area of 600 square meters. Warehouses can also be found outside the border area either in Ramadi or Karbala city.

Customs Clearance

For more information on customs in Iraq, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information. 

Other Relevant Information

There are customs clearing companies/customs brokers at Trebil border crossing who can clear all items in addition to being able to handle, transport and store goods.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List.

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