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Travelling to Kurdistan

The two international airports are in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. There are now a number of airlines servicing both of these airports from Turkey, elsewhere in the Middle East and further away in Europe

The flights vary in price and are higher in price compared to other flights due to lack of competition and insurance costs, although this is changing with bigger and larger airlines offering and announcing routes.

Schedules can (and do) change frequently so it is important to confirm the available flights and information below with the airline directly. Kurdistan Adventures cannot be held responsible for changes to the schedule; the information below is just a guide and was believed to be correct as of January 2012.

Please note flights originating from or terminating in Iraq (not Iraqi Kurdistan) are not listed here.

Arrival into Erbil and Sulymaniyah

On arrival into either the Erbil or Sulaymaniyah airports, citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the EU, Canada, the UK and the USA will be issued a free 15-day tourist entry stamp.

Flight Information

Lufthansa

Erbil to Frankfurt

Flight LH697 - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - depart 1730 arrive 2020

Frankfurt to Erbil

Flight 696 - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - depart 1000 arrive 1630

Erbil to Vienna

Flight LH6461 - Every day except Sunday - depart 1655 arrive 1905

Vienna to Erbil

Flight LH6460 - Every day except Sunday - depart 1010 arrive 1550

http://www.lufthansa.com

Air Berlin

Dusselorf to Erbil

Flight AB3602 - Tuesday - depart 1045 arrive 17:20

Erbil to Dusseldorf

Flight AB3603 - Tuesday depart 1820 arrive 2120

http://www.airberlin.com

Royal Jordanian

Amman to Erbil

Flight 820 - Daily except Thursday and Sunday – depart 0100 arrive 0400

Flight 822 - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday – depart 1030 arrive 1330

Erbil to Amman

Flight 821 – Daily except Thursday and Sunday – depart 0500 arrive 0600

Flight 823 – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday – depart 1430 arrive 1530

Amman to Sulaymaniyah

Flight 800 – Daily except Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – depart 0100 arrive 0400

Sulaymaniyah to Amman

Flight 801 – Daily except Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – depart 0500 arrive 0600

http://www.rj.com

Austrian Airlines

Vienna to Erbil

Flight OS829 - Every day except Sunday - depart 1010 arrive 1550

Erbil to Vienna

Flight OS830 - Every day except Sunday - depart 1655 arrive 1905

http://www.austrian.com

Gulf Air

Bahrain to Erbil

Erbil to Bahrain

Check with airline

http://www.gulfair.com

Fly Dubai

Dubai to Erbil

Erbil to Dubai

Dubai to Sulaimaniyah

Sulaimaniyah to Dubai

Check with airline

http://flydubai.com/english/about-us/timetable.aspx

Turkish Airlines

Erbil to Istanbul

Flight TK805 - Every day - depart 0405 arrive 0535

Istanbul to Erbil

Flight TK804 - Every day - depart 2305 arrive 0225

Sulaymaniyah to Istanbul

Flight TK806 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - depart 2315 arrive 0145

Istanbul to Sulaymaniyah

Flight TK807 - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - depart 0310 arrive 0600

http://www.turkishairlines.com

Pegasus Airlines

Erbil to Ankara

Flight PC684 - Monday, Thursday and Saturday - depart 2355 arrive 0250

Flight PC685 - Tuesday, Friday and Sunday - depart 0450 arrive 0550

Ankara to Erbil

Flight PC684 - Monday, Thursday and Saturday - depart 2355 arrive 0250

Flight PC685 - Tuesday, Friday and Sunday - depart 0450 arrive 0550

http://www.flypgs.com

Emirates

It is now possible to connect with Emirates through to Fly Dubai.

Further information is available here:

http://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/connecting_with_flydubai/connecting_with_flydubai.aspx

Ethihad

Abu Dhabi to Erbil

Flight EY557 - Wed and Thurs - depart 1255 arrive 1500

Flight EY557 - Tues and Sat - depart 0835 arrive 1040

Erbil to Abu Dhabi

Flight EY558 - Wed and Thurs - depart 1600 arrive 1940

Flight EY558 - Tues and Sat - depart 1135 arrive 1515

http://www.etihadairways.com

Middle East Airlines

Beirut to Erbil

Flight ME324 - Sun, Tues and Thurs - depart 1845 arrive 2125

Flight ME324 - Wed and Sat - depart 2000 arrive 2240

Erbil to Beirut

Flight ME325 - Sun, Tues and Thurs - depart 2225 arrive 2310

Flight ME325 - Wed and Sat - depart 2340 arrive 0025 (next day)

http://www.mea.com.lb

EgyptAir

Cairo to Erbil

Flight MS635 - Mon, Thurs and Fri - depart 2315 arrive 0245 (next day)

Erbil to Cairo

Flight MS636 - Tues, Fri and Sat - depart 0345 arrive 0545

http://www.egyptair.com/English/Pages/default.aspx

Iraqi Airways

Beirut to Erbil

Damascus to Sulaimaniyah

Dubai to Erbil

Tehran to Erbil

Stockholm to Erbil

Muscat to Erbil

Amman to Erbil

Check with airline

http://www.iraqiairways.co.uk/en/flight_schedule.html

Azmar Airline

Istanbul to Sulaimaniyah

Munich to Erbil

Dusseldorf to Sulaimaniyah

Munich to Sulaimaniyah

Check with airline

http://www.azmarairline.org/Page.aspx?Type=Schedule

Med Airways

Beirut to Erbil

Beirut to Sulaimaniyah

Stockholm to Erbil

Stockholm to Sulaimaniyah

Check with airline

http://www.medairways.com

Zozik Aviation

Dusseldorf to Erbil

Dusseldorf to Sulaimaniyah

Check with airline

http://www.zozik-aviation.de/index.php?language=en

Dokan Air

Dusseldorf to Erbil

Dusseldorf to Sulaimaniyah

Munich to Erbil

Munich to Sulaimaniyah

Check with airline

http://www.dokan-air.com/flugbuchung_english.html

Atlasjet

Antalya to Sulaymaniya

Istanbul to Erbil

Istanbul to Sulaymaniya

Ercan (Cyprus) to Erbil

Check with airline

http://www.atlasjet.com/AtlasjetWeb/atlasjet.kk?lang=EN

Overland from Turkey

The only official crossing from Turkey into Kurdistan is via the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing which links the Turkish town of Silopi with the Iraqi Kurdistan town of Zakho.

There are many options to get to Silopi including flying from Istanbul (or elsewhere) to Diyarbakir, then catching a bus to Cizre and a shared taxi to Silopi.

It is also possible to catch a bus from Istanbul direct to Erbil (via Ibrahim Khalil border crossing) for around $110 USD (2009). Note although this price is reasonable, it is a very long (30 hours) journey from Istanbul.

There will be taxi drivers in Silopi eager to take you across the border to Zakho. The going rate (2009) is between $30 and $50 USD (per taxi).

Bring copies of your passport and extra passport photos and note you may be searched and/or interviewed by Turkish border security.

It is also worth noting that the Kurdish issue can be very sensitive in Turkey and that you are crossing the border into “Iraq”, not Kurdistan or Iraqi Kurdistan.

Once you have crossed into the Kurdistan region, you may be offered tea and a chat with the local Kurdish Peshmerga security officials. It can help to have the name or phone number of a local Kurdish contact, but this is not always required. You will be issued a free 15-day tourist entry stamp (citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the EU, Canada, the UK and the USA) before continuing your journey.

Zakho is approximately 20km southeast from Silopi.

Kurdistan Adventures can assist with competitively priced private transportation from Zakho to Dohuk, Erbil (bypassing Mosul) or Sulaymaniyah (bypassing Kirkuk).

Overland from Syria

The border from Syria to Iraq (Abu Kamal) is NOT part of the territory controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government; rather it is controlled by Iraq proper, with their own visa and other regulations as applicable.

It is not considered safe to attempt to cross this border into Iraq.

If however you are in Syria, it is possible to cross into Turkey from Qamishli, Syria into Nusaybin, Turkey then onwards by bus (2 hours) to Silopi.

Overland from Jordan

The border from Jordan to Iraq is NOT part of the territory controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government; rather it is controlled by Iraq proper, with their own visa and other regulations as applicable.

It is not considered safe to attempt to cross this border into Iraq.

Overland from Iran

It is possible to pass from Iran to Iraqi Kurdistan via the Haji Omaran border crossing. Immigration at both sides of the border are becoming more accustomed to seeing intrepid foreigners.

That said, the official crossing from Turkey to Iraq (Ibrahim Khalil) remains the recommended route for overland travelers.