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Hello

Do anyone here have any hotel suggestions for Najaf and Karbala during Arbaeen? I know its overcrowded during this time and expensive.

Preferable under 200$ per night and as safe as possible (I am European and going for work).

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Hi there,

I will soon travel Overland to Iraqi Kurdistan from Iran on my bike.
Most likely I will enter from Piranshahr over to Erbil and exiting at Bashmaq/Marivan.
I just read that the Iranian army has recently shelled some of the border areas.
Should that affect my trip safety-Wise ?
Anyone on the ground with up-to-date information ?
Best,

Levelo.

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Does anyone have any success getting a visa to travel to Karbala and Najaf on non-religious visa? A friend and his family will be going for pilgrimage and I'd like to join them, but I am not religious so can't get the pilgrimage visa.

Or does anyone know what proof is needed for Christian visa? I'm from a Christian family but do not have public affiliation with any one particular church (we moved countries a few times). Is declaration of faith enough, or do I need a letter from a church proving…

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Hello

Are there any people who travelled to Erbil recently and can recommend me a good hotel for a good price and with trustful staff.
I also would like to do a one day trip or two to travel outside Erbil to meet the locals in their daily life.
Are there any guides recommended or how can i book the trip for a fair price.

Hopefully i can go there in october this year!
I am a solo female traveler and even i am very experienced in travelling,safety has a high priority.

thanks in advance.

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Hello everybody.
I do have a short question. I will be travelling Iran and Kurdistan in Oktober and November, then trying to get to Turkey overland.

I am aware of the situation in Eastern Turkey. That´s why I unfortunately won't visit that part of Kurdistan. Yet, I'd like to experience the landscape of Turkey and end my Trip in Izmir and Istanbul. I do know it's FAR. I'm aware of this probably taking like 35 hours of what not. Yet I would like to do this, as flights back to Europe from Erbil…

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Me and my husband traveled to Kurdistan in July 2016 and it truly was an amazing experience. Traveling freely around the Iraqi Kurdistan region was not as easy as we expected, though. Normally you just ask anyone in your hotel if they know a tour guide or a tourist office, but the tourist infrastructure is (understandably) not fully developed in Iraq yet. Many people also speak very little English and randomly taking the bus did not seem like the best idea (you could end up passing through…

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Hello,
I am taking my kids on a two month summer trip next year. I know conditions can change in countries... As of current situations how would you feel about traveling to Erbil with children via Vienna Austrian Air? My husband has traveled to Erbil and surrounding areas many times over the years but never have I nor my children. I know its ok for me to go to Erbil, but I wasn't sure about the kids....

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I have been offered a contractor position in Erbil and I am curious about the current security conditions. Anyone have any current information.

Thanks
Charlie

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Hi,
it used to be cheaper to buy a mobile phone in Iraqi Kurdistan than to buy one before going in Europe. Is this still the case with smart phones?
Where would my friend have to go to buy a smart phone in Arbil? What are prices new vs. second hand?
Are they good quality?

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Hello all,

I'm planning to visit Iraqi Kurdistan in either August or September (security situation permitting), and would like to buy gold jewelry while there. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on a.) unique local jewelry artisans in Erbil or elsewhere, and b.) generally how prices for gold jewelry in Kurdistan compare with prices in other Middle Eastern countries and in Europe.

Many thanks!