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Zakho border crossing in N Iraq

Hi there, just wondering if anyone has crossed from turkey to Iraq via the Zakho border crossing recently. Do journalists still need to apply for a travel pass from the Turkish in order to use the border, which previously took 3 days to be processed. Also, do the Turkish border guards still hassle photographers? In 2003 it took me 7 hours just to get over the bridge! Anyways, off there in a few weeks and would really appreciate some up to date Advice.

by [a former member] at 2005-08-16 04:51:06 UTC (ed. Apr 24 2008 ) Wales , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

No you don’t need nothing. I crossed three days ago.

Good luck!


by Unai Aranzadi | 22 Aug 2005 02:08 | Madrid/Bilbao, Spain | | Report spam→
Do NOT tell the Turks you’re working with an NGO, even if you are. Also, another journalist just told me he had to get paperwork approved by the PDK in Ankara. I’d be happy to hear that others have Unai’s experience and just zipped across.

by David Gross | 22 Aug 2005 04:08 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
The DPK and the PUK will be happy to see you there without any paper. You don’t need the iraqi visa from Baghdad, the Kurdistan Regional Government is like a country himself and looks like they do not want to put the stamps from the cen-
tral government.

So, believe me:

1-Fly to Diyarbakir (ONUR AIR 80 Euro from Istambul, 2 hours fligth. www.onurair.com)
2-Take a taxi to the border for no more than 110 US dollars (trust them, they know all the process). (4 hours)
3-Cross the border (takes between 1 and 4 hours).
4-Take a taxi for 15 US dollars to Dohuk, tha safest city in all Iraq (1 hour).

The turkish hate the kurdish but they know very well that u go there as a journalist and they will not give u any problem. I think is much more complicated and taugh to work about the PKK in Hakkari, Tuneceli, Diyarbajir, Vam, etc…they do not like to c journos
in their turkish area.


by Unai Aranzadi | 22 Aug 2005 05:08 | Madrid/Bilbao, Spain | | Report spam→

You can read a full report on the situation of that crossing here –

And here’s an article about the journey -



by [former member] | 22 Aug 2005 11:08 (ed. Aug 22 2005) | Wraysbury, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hiya, this is an old thread but I need some up to date info on the crossings if anyone has any I would greatly appreciate it.

Also, does the ‘get visa at the gate’ work when flying into the region?

Additional intel on local security, status of the checkpoints, documents etc would also be appreciated.

thanks a lot

by | 15 Mar 2007 00:03 (ed. Mar 15 2007) | Southampton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I have not made the trip since the end of January, but it was a very easy process without any difficulties and the previous required approved paperwork by the PDK was not neccessary, eventhough I had it through the NGO I was working for. I was in Erbil and was very peaceful and without any problems or troubles. Good luck

by Jonathon Baker | 18 Mar 2007 05:03 | Seattle, United States | | Report spam→
Sorry to revive an old thread, has anyone made this journey in the past few months?

by Andrew A. Nelles | 24 Apr 2008 21:04 | Chicago, IL, United States | | Report spam→

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