Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

Foreigners in Kurdistan permitted to leave via Baghdad

By Rudaw 2/10/2017
Empty Erbil airport after the flight ban came into effect Friday at 6pm. Photo: A.C. Robinson/Rudaw
Empty Erbil airport after the flight ban came into effect Friday at 6pm. Photo: A.C. Robinson/Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq will allow foreigners in the Kurdistan Region to transit through Baghdad despite not holding an Iraqi visa as Kurdistan’s airspace remains closed to international travel. 

“Any person can leave the country via Baghdad without paying a fine or for an exit visa,” Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji told journalists, AFP reported on Monday. 

Baghdad ordered international flights to Erbil and Sulaimani airports to cease as of Friday evening after Kurdish authorities refused to hand over control of the airports to federal authorities after 92.7 percent voted ‘yes’ for independence in last Monday’s referendum. 

Baghdad does not recognize visas issued by Kurdistan Region authorities, meaning foreigners entering Kurdistan could not previously travel to other parts of Iraq. 

Since Friday evening, when the last international flights departed Kurdistan Region, only domestic flights have passed in and out of Erbil and Sulaimani airports. 

Comments

 
Data pager
Previous
123
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
Muraz Adzhoev | 2/10/2017
Baghdad has been committing absolutely unjustified and clearly unreasonable violation of the ICAO International rules and obligations ratified by Iraq.
DevonC | 2/10/2017
So, we can leave. But can we come back? That is the question!
khatun | 3/10/2017
What about allowing people enter? I just don't get this flight ban. The people it really punishes are foreigners (as Kurds, being Iraqi citizens, can easily travel through Baghdad.) Last time I checked we were not voting in the referendum.
mkhan | 3/10/2017
Thanks but no thank. We are not leaving.
Francis Suren gomes | 3/10/2017
I have Kurdistan residence permit and I like to go exit via Baghdad to Delhi it's possible and I am not coming back.please confirm me
12357 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Hamid Sayadi | 7/19/2018 4:15:51 AM
Zagroz you are full of HOT air.
Zagros | 7/20/2018 5:27:06 AM
Pete, if you had traveled the world as you claim then you'd have known that Rojava is not the most egalitarian system in the world. You'd have known...
Assad or Turkey? Uncertainty surrounds future of Qamishli
| 17/7/2018 | (12)
Ham | 7/20/2018 3:33:59 AM
Such a small operation and rudaw makes a big issue about it. Without coalition aurstrikes ISIS would be in Erbil Bagdad and even Tehran. ISIS took...
Coalition hails ‘outstanding’ Peshmerga-ISF operation in Makhmour
| yesterday at 11:22 | (1)
Persian voice | 7/19/2018 10:43:20 PM
I think this Azeri minster is deliberately trying to create separatism, the very thing he pretends to be defending against. He knows very very well...
Iraniannationalist | 7/20/2018 12:09:44 AM
Both PM Hadi Bahadori and Minister Mohammad Bathaei are Seyed, so they're not Iranian. However article 15 of the constitution should be del...
Minister warns of 'dangers' of education in languages other than Persian
| yesterday at 09:32 | (5)
FAUthman | 7/19/2018 2:30:21 PM
There is no doubt that in the two hour one on one meeting between Trump and Putin Syria's developments were discussed esp the next military moves by...
Mohamedzzz | 7/19/2018 5:39:19 PM
''A deal was reached Tuesday between regime-backer Russia and rebel-ally Turkey''... I always said Turkey 'IS' the problem, Problems cannot be solved...
Thousands evacuate pro-regime Syria towns
| yesterday at 05:05 | (2)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Thousands evacuate pro-regime Syria towns yesterday at 05:05 | (2)

Thousands evacuate pro-regime Syria towns

A deal was reached Tuesday between regime-backer more
Turkey’s state of emergency ends, but crackdown fears remain yesterday at 03:30 | (1)

Turkey’s state of emergency ends, but crackdown fears remain

"Government appears determined to continue the more
0.265 seconds