Updated: Feb 11, 2020
By: The PH Team
Iraqi Kurdistan is an autonomous region in northern Iraq. Although the region has tried to gain full independence as recently as 2017, all attempts have thus far remained unsuccessful.
Known colloquially as 'the other Iraq,' the region is known for its security and stability in relation to the rest of Iraq and surrounding regions.
The regional military, the Peshmerga, as well as its government, the Kurdish Regional Government, are responsible for the security and the day-to-day affairs of the region.
As such, they have been able to provide its inhabitants and tourists alike with a higher standard of living, security and stability that is not seen in other parts of Iraq.
Although it is a majority Kurdish region, it is also an area of extreme diversity and tolerance. Kurds themselves are of many different religions, in addition to the numerous other ethnic and religious groups who reside in the autonomous region.
Iraqi Kurdistan Tourism
Tourism to Iraq Kurdistan has picked up over the last few years. Travellers from around the world have been begun to understand that the region is an oasis of stability in an otherwise chaotic neighbourhood.
For those who wish to go to Iraq, but are too afraid to do so, Iraqi Kurdistan provides the perfect opportunity for more adventurous travellers who do not want to compromise on their personal security.
The region is home to many historical and cultural sites, incredible food and people, and an overall welcoming atmosphere which makes it a great addition to any traveller's bucket list.
Traveller's from most Western countries also do not need a Visa to enter the autonomous Kurdish region. However, this 30 day access to the region is only valid within the region of Iraqi Kurdistan.
This means that travellers who do in fact wish to proceed to the rest of Iraq will have to apply for an Iraqi Visa in order to continue on with their journey. For those who do not, this allows for easy-access to a country that is not exactly on-the-beaten-path.
In addition to Visa-free access for citizens of many countries, both Erbil (the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan), and Sulaymaniyah, offer easy access to the region from many European and Middle Eastern capitals.
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