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I'm plannign to go on a trip to Iraqi Kurdistan. How safe is it to go there?
What season would you advice?
I'm interested in spending a week or two hiking around Gali Ali Beg on the Hamilton Road near Arbil around late September/early October. Is the weather generally ok at that time or should I arrive a couple of weeks earlier.
I'll be arriving overland from Turkey.
Thanks for any help.
I am looking for details of Neolithic sites in Kurdistan. A list of sites would be ideal, but that may be too much to ask.
My research has turned up Jarmo, Kortik, and Bestansur. Other than their names, I know little about the sites (accessibility? what can be seen?)And, indeed, there may be more sites that I know nothing of.
I will be visiting the area with a private car and driver, so getting around is no problem. Where to go to find Neolithic sites is the difficulty.
Thanking you all in advance.
I am a citizen of India with an Indian passport. I got a reply from the KRG UK Representation saying that I will need a visa to enter Kurdistan and it can be applied from their office in London. The process would take about 2-3 weeks.
Is it possible to apply for Iraqi Kurdistan visa at their representation abroad? If it can be issued in London, I'm guessing it should be possible elsewhere too. Has anybody received a visa prior to their travel to Kurdistan? I have only read reports about VOA and being an Indian citizen, I am not eligible to get a VOA. I am planning to try and apply for the visa at the KRG Representation in either Iran or Turkey when I reach there in late July.
Will be in Iraqi Kurdistan soon, hopefully in a couple of weeks. I just wondered if the visa is a small stamp or full page sticker al la Armenia etc, I guess its just a stamp but want to be sure as I only have 1 full page in my passport left and wonder if I have to be careful with where the few stamps at other borders I'll get before I arrive go.
Iraq sees more and more non-Arab (business) visitors, and for those that come to relatively safe southern Iraq some of the old tourist attractions are becoming accessible again.
In Basra, a group of traditional, very dilapidated but still beautiful Ottoman houses with exquisite facades in Old Basra called Shanasheel is definitely worth a look. The main group stretches along a smelly canal. A few buildings house cultural associations and can be entered to view beautiful interiors, others are occupied by private residents and are off limits. The Basra Museum is also there. It is staffed and open, but empty inside as all its artifacts are still in storage. Shanasheel is just off a busy main road at and stretches west along the canal from North 30°30.110’, East E47°49.130'.
Ur is easily reached from Nasiriya and is of course one of the most prominent archaeological sites in Iraq. On... more »
Am coming to Erbil in last week of July or fisrt week of August from Iran. I know Erbil is safe for living and have two questions 1)am Indian Passport holder, so is it possible to get visa from the border and whether it can convert to work permit or extent the visa. 2)I have a mission to visit Erbil, to check whether there is any scope for a coffee shop or restaurant(Indian/Chinese)..
Would like to hear from you guys...
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?
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