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Kurdistan – Is It Safe?

Mountains of Harir - Kurdish Region, Iraq

Note: Due to the current conflict encroaching into parts of Kurdistan (from the western border with Iraq), one should exercise extreme caution if travelling through the that part of the country. For many years, the Kurdish regions of Iraq (namely the provinces of Dohuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah – known collectively as Kurdistan) have been safe […]

Kurdistan – What To See

Erbil - Kurdish Region, Iraq

Within Erbil one will concentrate their visit around the area of the towering Citadel, though much is currently closed due to restoration, including the Kurdish Textile Museum. At the base of the Citadel is the Qaysari Bazaar which is worthy of a wander, even if only to meet with the local people.  There is a […]

Kurdistan – Practical Information

Father and Son - Dukan, Kurdish Region, Iraq

Before you go: A number of nationalities can obtain a ten day tourist visa on arrival.  If you are unable to obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to apply to an Iraqi embassy or consulate prior, and this may include obtaining a letter from the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior. If flying, check […]

The Story Behind The Photo: Erbil, Kurdistan

Tea House - Erbil, Kurdish Region, Iraq

“In the Middle East, the visitor is seen as a gift from God. But like any gift, the reaction to its receipt is related to its frequency; the more regular the gift, the less enthusiastic the response. The Middle East bestows the most hospitable of welcomes on visitors, and since I never met or saw […]