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we arrange a trip from 4 to 8 jun to Arbil. if anyone have good suggestion which can help in Visa and settlement pleas let us know it.
i will be going to Kurdstan in the coming days ,as anyone made the the trip from Erbil to the Iranian
border by bus recently!!!
If you have any info please let me know
Purpose of Trip and Post: I'd been wanting to visit Erbil and the surrounding regions for some time. I had tentatively booked onto a Secret Compass trek of Iraqi mountains (check it here) , but cancelled this in favour of taking my friend with me instead. His mother is Iraqi, so it seemed like a great opportunity. I include below what we found during our 7 days there.
Flights Flew Qatar Airways from London, which priced around £590. I preferred the lunchtime arrival/departure from Erbil and the staff were excellent on board. The Dohuk football team, which head defeated Muscat 2-1 the previous day, were on the flight with us. We even left a jacket onboard, with friend's iphone, and they got it for us at Erbil in 10 mins!
Visas on arrival Granted for 15 da... more »
Does anybody know if Iranian consulates located at Erbil and Suleymaniyeh deliver visas to foreigners? (at normal times, eg non-election times!)
And, if yes, which papers do they ask? LOI or not? (Trabzon's consulate doesn't ask)
Thanks for your feedback!
Can anyone recommend any English speaking guide/driver for 2 days of trips out of Erbil?
We arranged a trip in January then had to cancel, and the original guys are now wanting what seems to be a massive $750 for 5 of us for 2 days. They gave us this same price for 9 people on the previous attempt, which was actually through an agency so they would have been getting a lot less than this.
They gave us their fees per day which were reasonable, and now are trying to charge us about 50% more and no interest in bargaining.
I'm guessing we can probably find someone once we are there - we will spend Thursday in Erbil and then 2 days of trips to Lalish and places on the way and the second day to the Hamilton Road and various site/places. We don't need help on itinerary at this stage just contact info...
As we are leaving late tonight and any fast replies are very helpful! more »
We're currently based in Qatar, looking for somewhere to go over the Eid weekend holiday and are currently mulling over Erbil. It wouldn't be particuarly cheap but nowhere is cheap from Qatar over Eid!
Can anyone give me an idea of whether this is practical? Will anything be open given the holiday period? Will it be prohibitively hot? (I can look at temperatures online but difficult to know what that feels like on the ground)
Complicating factor is that there will be two young children coming with us (2 and 3). I know Kurdistan is considered 100% safe but I'm getting very negative reactions to the idea of taking children.
Hello! And thanks in advance!
We are now in Suly and we know, that such buses exist (BestVan and also Can Diyarbakir), but we can't find when and WHERE they depart... They told us, that these buses do not go to/from Suly Garage. Maybe somewhere in the city center or next to a big hotel?
hI, I think I would need one of those. How are the rules about sim cards in Iraq Kurdistan? Can I just get one and use at once or have to register my phone and wait for days to get connected like it is (or was?) in Turkey?
How is internet coverage in Kurdistan outside bigger cities?
Anyone know if any visa treaty has been implemented or likely to be implemented soon.
Are there tours that cater to Iranian pilgrims..
I am travelling to Kurdistan in May. I would like to ask if anyone can offer cheap but safe accomodation in Erbil. I need just a room in a guesthouse and a shower. I do not want to spend more than 15-20 US per night. Is there any option at this rate?
I will go out to the countryside as well, so probably I use shared taxis. How expensive are they? Let's say between Erbil and Suleymani approx?
I plan about 50-60 US per day as my budget, including accomodation, travel and food. Is it possible to get by from this amount?
Edited by: nyiragongo
I plan on arriving into Erbil from Turkey by bus in a few days time.
I understand, from this forum, that BestVan are a good company at providing this service. I had a look on their website however I was unable to find a timetable/price for the Erbil services. I don't speak Turkish and perhaps I was not looking in the right place of their English language site!
Do they only run a service from Diyarbakir? Or other places too?
Thank you for any help :)
Does anyone has experience with the use of a foreigh (European) credit- or debit card to use in ATM's in Sulaymaniyah. I would like to use these cards instead of walking around with a lot of cash.
The cards I like to use have a Maestro and Mastercard logo.
Mastercard has a website http://www.mastercard.us/cardholder-services/atm-locator.html But I cannot find if this is only for the use of local cards or also for foreign cards.
we plan eventually a 10 trip from turkey to iraq kurdistan. how is the safety situation there and where can we get information about accomodation and transport in iraq and from and to turkey. what about visa situation for eu citizens. we plan to go in early july
A little bit outside from official iraqi Kurdistan borders but still under the control of Peshmerga. Do you think is ok to visit? I did last year road from Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk (only suburb) and it was without problems although it was officialy out from iraqi Kurdistan borders. No questions on checkpoints.
I expect that it will be difficult to find someone to answer.
Does anyone know if Turkish is understood/spoken in Iraqi Kurdistan? Can anyone tell me what the weather is like there during the first two weeks of October. I was hoping to catch some sun...
Thanks in advance.
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