Northern Iraq is served by Erbil International Airport ( with a growing number of international airlines serving Erbil.

Austrian Airlines launched flights between Vienna and Arbil Erbil Irbil twice weekly in December 2006. As of July 2007, Austrian is operating four flights a week to/from Vienna. Regular flights to Arbil are also available weekly from Dubai, Amman, Istanbul and very recently, Tehran.

Lufthansa has recently restarted four weekly roundtrip flights from Frankfurt.

Fly Hellas flies to Arbil from Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

MEA flies to Erbil from Lebanon on 6 flights per week.

Citizens of the EU, the US, Canada, Japan and Australia are given a free stamp of 10 days on arrival. After that you must visit the residency office to extend your visa. Other nationalities must have an Iraqi visa before arrival.

The security situation in the Kurdish area is very safe compared to the area south of the green line no fly zone. However one should not travel to Iraq unless there is a specific mission or business. In May 2007, a suicide truck bomber detonated his bomb in front of the Interior Ministry.Local people are welcoming all visitors who are investing money or bringing technology to the area.