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Are there any Arabic language classes or teachers in Basrah area? I'm looking for classes for foreign visitors, tourists, etc.
Do I need a visa for KRG on my Croatian passport since Croatia is not in the EU. I read that EU passports get a 15 day stemp on the border. What happens if somebody from Europe, but without EU passport appears at the Turkey-Iraqi Kurdistan border? What are my odds to be rejected? Did any of you travellers been to KRG and are holders of NON EU passport?.
Btw I mailed to bunch of KRG offices and got no replies, Would anyone be so kind to help me out with some information.
My girlfriend and I are considering traveling to Iraqi Kurdistan in late March and were wondering if that is a good time to visit? Is it too cold to enjoy the mountains and the hiking? From what I've heard, there isn't much to see in the cities and the true beauty of Kurdistan is in the nature. Any thoughts?
Has anyone been to the Al Mansour (or Mansoor) Hotel in Baghdad? If yes, can you give some details? Thanks, Kathleen
Im interested to visit Iraq ...some ancient biblical sites ...around Bagdad....upon calling up the embassy I was told that tourist visas are not issued...only on invitation from a travel agent as part of a package tour....I contacted one of these agencies and they would charge a ridiculous amount of money for their services...like 9000 USD for a 9 day tour....has anybody out there done something like that...and was it all worth it ?...can there be an agency recommended ?....any input concerning this part of Iraq is highly appreciated !...Thank You !
Is this possible from a safety and security point of view. I read many reports on Kurdistan being safe to travel but have not read any reports of the south west of Iraq.
I'm a South African of Indian descent , if that has any relevance,
I will soon be travelling 15 days in Iran and I have my flight back from Diyarbakir and in between I have about 4 days to spend in Kurdistan, which will surely be interesting. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get there best and not so expensive (I'm travelling on budget, as always), but information is quite unclear or contradictory.
1. Does anyone know whether there are direct buses from Sulaymaniyah going to Turkey, or will I have to go through Erbil again?
2. Are there buses going from Zakho to Turkey (Silopi or Cizre,any place where I can change onto a bus to Diyarbakir)?
3. If (2) yes, is Zakho at all worth the visit and does it have any budget accommodation?
4. At what times are there buses going from Erbil straight to Diyarbakir?
We're 5 friends hoping to travel to Kurdistan in March. We have emailed but had no repply from Kurdish Regional Gov. about visa requirements (we're spanish passport holders) so hope the info in the forum is up to date and we can get the visa at the border.
We'll probably arrive around March the18th and have 7-10 days to travel before going back to Turkey. Are there some special places to see Nowruz celebrations or they are more or less similar in every town? We normally don´t book in advance but is possible to have problems with accomodation those days? Any advise will be appreciate
I'd like to cross the border from Silopsi to Zakho. The thing I'm most afraid of are the prices of trasportation.
I've read many travel reports, but those are mainly from 2010. I can't find any useful recent report indicating the prices of transportation. So I'd like to cross the border to Zahko. From Zakho I'd like to go to Erbil. How much should I expect to pay for this itinerary?
Anyone know what the tourist visa requirements are to fly into Erbil, Kurdistan? US citizen
we still not give up our plan to travel to iraq-kurdistan. where and how it is possible to get an invitation letter to krg, only with invitation it would be possible to get the visa at the border to krg, belarus passport holder. maybe there is a travel agency in erbil who can arrange it. or any other idea.
for any help or idea we would be very happy,
I am considering a trip to Kurdistan in April 2013 with two friends, and am concerned about the security arrangements regarding arrival in the country on a bus from Turkey. After reading other threads, I am content that Kurdistan seems safe for independent travel for British citizens, but the British Foreign Office advises against 'all but essential travel' through south eastern Turkey, and some other western foreign services advise against all use of public transport in south eastern Turkey (It doesnt say why?).
We are experienced off-the-beaten track travellers and have been to places such as the West Bank, Kosovo, and Transnisdtria, but we have never travelled to a region that has an FCO advice warning against it. What are the main risks in the region (we plan on travelling straight through the region on a bus without getting off until the border)? And has anyone had any ... more »
I'm booked to have 7 days in Kurdistan in May with my friend.
My questions are:
1. Is it fine to find share taxis between towns/cities on a Friday, or is it a bit quiet? (ignorant question I know)
2. How long is the journey from Erbil to Sulay in hours, and how frequent (using shared taxis via Koya)
Our plans are:
3 May: Arrive Erbil
4 May: Erbil
5 May: Erbil - Sulay (stop in Koya)
6 May: Sulay
7 May: Sulay - Erbil (via Koya)
8 May: Erbil
9 May: Leave Erbil
we want to travel in early spring to the Kurdish area by land from turkey. with a EU passport it should be easy to get the visa at the border, but what is for a Belarus passport holder. we can not find any information if, it is possible to get it at the border. if not at the border they issue visa so where it is a good place in turkey to get it.
thanks for any information
We are visiting Kuwait and would love to take a day trip over to Iraq, is this plausible - and in what mode of transportation/arrangement would be the best/recommended? Of course need to work out the necessary paperwork ahead of travel, is it hard to secure this?
Thanks for any help! :-)
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