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Erbil - safety

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Erbil - safety

How safe is Erbil these days ? Do they have any bombings there at all ?

I'm also wondering whether anyone knows if Canadians need a visa to visit Iraq, and if so, can I get one on arrival at Erbil airport ?

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1. Re: Erbil - safety

Erbil is very safe.

EU citizens don't need visa to Kurdistan, not sure about Canadians, more info here www.krg.org/p/p.aspx…

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2. Re: Erbil - safety

Short answer; Erbil is very safe. Please don't be surprised if you see lots of CHECKPOINTS - they're there to ensure everyone's safety. Canadian citizens are eligible for a 15-day free-of-charge visit visa on arrival at Erbil International Airport, renewable for up to 90 days at the Directorate of Residence in Erbil.

Hope you enjoy your stay in Erbil

Edited: 7:54 am, March 18, 2013
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3. Re: Erbil - safety

I just did a search on Google, and found these incidents of bombing in Erbil. Is there some reason why I shouldn't be concerned by this ?

2005 - 60 people killed

2007 - 19 people killed

2012 (April) - car bomb

2013 (March - just 2 weeks ago) - car bomb

It doesn't sound so safe to me, but maybe there is something you people know that I don't ?

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5. Re: Erbil - safety

I believe that the car bombing in March was a car that was in Kirkuk. A sticky bomb was placed on the car and it detonated outside of the city of Erbil. That has not changed our security posture here. I agree with Titanium123, I feel much safer here than in most cities.

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Iam kuwaity and I would like to visit Erbail to get work with one of oil serve. company .What should I do?

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7. Re: Erbil - safety

You need to ask this as a separate question. Right now, you have posted this under my question about Erbil safety, so very few people will see your question.

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NAURU

As Titanium123 pointed out the streets of Erbil are much safer than streets of Virginia, Texas or Connecticut. You get people visiting other parts of Iraq and leave their vehicles around while terrorists stick explosives to their cars and come back to Erbil.

ahmed2013a2013

You should look/apply for jobs in Erbil to while you're in Kuwait to reduce costs. You're welcome to visit Erbil if you want to apply in person. There are many websites that post jobs daily:

http://www.karoxjobs.com/

http://www.kodojobs.com/en/

facebook.com/pages/Jobs-in-Erbil/155814376354

http://www.erbiltopjobs.com/

http://exxonmobiliraq.com/employment.html

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9. Re: Erbil - safety

I spent a few days exploring the sites of Erbil back in February and it was very safe, it felt safer walking around Erbil at night than many cities in Australia. The people are incredibly hospitable and I never felt in any danger at any time.

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10. Re: Erbil - safety

Hi Nauru, I am just wondering if you ever went to Erbil after all. I just contacted the embassy and they said Canadians need visa to enter. Did you get a visa or how did it work?

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