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Is It Possible To Travel Through Iraq?  
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

I am wondering, is it possible to either fly into Baghdad, or is there any way of travelling West to East through Iraq, perhaps by using trains or other public or possibly private transport. Plus, would it be relatively safe to do so if it was possible?

Many thanks,

Dan Smile


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Thread starter):
I am wondering, is it possible to either fly into Baghdad, or is there any way of travelling West to East through Iraq, perhaps by using trains or other public or possibly private transport. Plus, would it be relatively safe to do so if it was possible?

If you can afford an armed guard, then yes  Wink


Lee



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User currently offlineSaturnVRocket From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 1):
If you can afford an armed guard, then yes

Well, even the Marines with M1 Abrams are far from safe, so even an armed guard wouldn't do a damn thing.


User currently offlineCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

This article sheds some light on what it's like to land in Baghdad...

http://www.airspacemag.com/issues/20...er-november/landing_in_baghdad.php


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

Quoting Coz (Reply 3):

Wow! Now that would be one amazing landing to do  yes 



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User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4229 times:

if you really want to join the few the proud the brave. The marines.


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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4229 times:

Why on earth would you want to?


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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6365 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4229 times:

Quoting Walter747 (Reply 5):
if you really want to join the few the proud the brave. The marines.

Well...he's Spanish...would be kinda hard to join the American Marines...


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Thread starter):
Is It Possible To Travel Through Iraq?

From what I heard on the news last week, take your studies seriously or you will end up stuck in Iraq. Big grin  Big grin


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 6):
Why on earth would you want to?

Well basically I am looking at going to Syria just after Christmas, get on the 747SP, Yak40 and 727, then make a trip to Beirut then go onwards to Jordan and the ancient city of Petra. After that I wanted to go on to Iran so take in the delights of a 707 and a few more old birds. It would be good to take the sleeper train to Tehran, but that is only once a week, and it just doesn't tie in with anything else, so I was thinking overland through Iraq could be a possibility.

Dan Smile



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 7):
Well...he's Spanish...would be kinda hard to join the American Marines...

I'm from UK, if that helps Wink The flag is just stuck on Spain!



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User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

thats about the only the only way a non-journalist person can get in.


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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6365 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4207 times:

Quoting Walter747 (Reply 11):
thats about the only the only way a non-journalist person can get in.

While it might be hard for Americans and Brits, such as our thread starter, it actually is not too hard if you're from somewhere else, especially someplace that doesn't have troops in Iraq. For instance, if I travelled on my Namibian passport, I would just need a passport - in fact, I may not even need a visa, but that depends based on if Iraqi immigration "deems it's necessary". Never really thought about going, but it would not be all that hard to get into Iraq. Might be a lot harder on my American passport though.



Quoting Coz (Reply 3):
This article sheds some light on what it's like to land in Baghdad...

I remember meeting Anderson Cooper, a CNN journalist, and he told me about his flight into Baghdad Airport using the spiral...fascinating thing, I would love to experience and/or see it.


User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 12):
Might be a lot harder on my American passport though.

Might be. The only way you can get in if your american is if your in the armed services.



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4188 times:

Quoting Walter747 (Reply 13):
Might be. The only way you can get in if your american is if your in the armed services.

Walter, stay in chem class.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_921.html


This information is current as of today, Mon Nov 06 19:05:42 2006.


Restrictions on the Use of U.S. Passports for Travel to Iraq Lifted


The Department of State has revoked the restriction on the use of U.S. passports for travel to, in or through Iraq set forth in Public Notice 4283 of February 25, 2003 (68 FR 8791), as amended by Public Notice 4337 of April 16, 2003 (68 FR 18722), as further amended by Public Notice 4366 of May 15, 2003 (68 FR 26371), effective July 14, 2003.

The security threat to all American citizens in Iraq remains high, and our ability to provide emergency services to Americans in Iraq is still very limited. U.S. citizens considering travel to Iraq should consult the current Travel Warning for Iraq and relevant Public Announcements available on the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web site, http://travel.state.gov, prior to finalizing travel plans.

Moreover, a U.S. passport does not guarantee entry to Iraq. Information regarding entry and exit requirements for Iraq is available on the Coalition Provisional Authority’s web site at, www.cpa-iraq.org/regulations/index.html.


This Travel Warning updates the current security situation and reiterates the dangers of the use of civilian aircraft and road travel within Iraq. This supersedes the Travel Warning of December 29, 2005 and the Public Announcement dated March 24, 2006.
The Department of State continues to strongly warn U.S. citizens against travel to Iraq, which remains very dangerous. Remnants of the former Ba’ath regime, transnational terrorists, criminal elements and numerous insurgent groups remain active. Attacks against military and civilian targets throughout Iraq continue, including in the International (or “Green”) Zone. Targets include convoys en-route to venues, hotels, restaurants, police stations, checkpoints, foreign diplomatic missions, international organizations and other locations with expatriate personnel. These attacks have resulted in deaths and injuries of American citizens, including those doing humanitarian work. In addition, there have been planned and random killings, as well as extortions and kidnappings. U.S. citizens have been kidnapped and several were subsequently murdered by terrorists in Iraq. U.S. citizens and other foreigners continue to be targeted by insurgent groups and opportunistic criminals for kidnapping and murder. Military operations continue. There are daily attacks against Multinational Forces - Iraq (MNF-I), Iraqi Security Forces and Iraqi Police


User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4184 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 14):
Walter, stay in chem class.

all right



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4179 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 14):

Thank you! Very informative reply  Smile

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4172 times:

Dan, you've got a screw loose! Stupid Cornish person. (Oh no I didn't!  Wink )


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 17):
Dan, you've got a screw loose! Stupid Cornish person.

Wrong side of the Tamar, I live in highly civilised Devon, where we have gorgeous creams teas and inside toilets!  Wow! But yes, you're right about the screw lose Big grin



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

There was a story about a year ago...last December I think it was, about a 16 year old kid in Florida (American but of Middle Eastern descent, IIRC) who ran away to Iraq on his own and successfully made it there, right into the heart of Baghdad...so I don't imagine it would be too hard for Americans to get in...


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User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 19):
There was a story about a year ago...last December I think it was, about a 16 year old kid in Florida (American but of Middle Eastern descent, IIRC) who ran away to Iraq on his own and successfully made it there, right into the heart of Baghdad...so I don't imagine it would be too hard for Americans to get in...

From my city, or rather, a city that runs into my city......what an idiot....

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4144 times:

Quoting Walter747 (Reply 13):
Quoting SW733 (Reply 12):
Might be a lot harder on my American passport though.

Might be. The only way you can get in if your american is if your in the armed services.

Does your Mommy know you're up this late Walter?


User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4137 times:

Do it and be sure to write a trip report....

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4091 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):
Does your Mommy know you're up this late Walter?

 rotfl 

Quoting 767Lover (Reply 22):
Do it and be sure to write a trip report....

I ill try anything once, so as long as it doesn't get me killed I'm up for it. A trip report would certainly be forthcoming, of any trip like this, so watch out early next year if things do work out  yes 

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineTERRA From Iraq, joined Aug 1999, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4046 times:

Americans can get in on a US passport but need a DoD card. If no DoD card (or no contract supporting the coalition effort) i.e a normal civilian you will need a visa or an MNFI card. Other nationalities also need a visa in theory. You can't just come in without a visa since militia starting coming in from Jordan, Syria, Iran to name but a few. However there are gaps you can use to sneak in if you know the system etc.

Also traveling East-West? Bad idea. Huge risk as you'll go through the sunni triangle and the road network means getting a private taxi (cheap $200 or so) to take you from Jordan to Baghdad and then onto Iran which is not safe but a private security escort will cost a few thousand and still isn't safe.

To get in fly from Amman to Baghdad with RJ or IQ Aw and get a visa from the Iraqi Embassy in Amman. However once in IQ you're on your own and you take your life in your own hands.

FYI the spiral is nothing special in itself but the dangers are. Don't worry about the missiles, the mid air collision risk is pretty real and i've almost been killed in the spiral so no false heroics please to get the T-shirt. It's easy imagining it from the comfort of a compter desk in England but when you hear the tcas kick off you're on edge and when on the ground and you've seen your first rocket or mortar attack, have been shot at or have seen dead bodies lying in the streets then you can get your T-shirt.

My advice? Don't come to Iraq.

I'll fly in to Iraq next week but don't expect a trip report.


25 Post contains images JGPH1A : I don't know how you'd book a flight to SDA, there's nothing bookable in any GDS as far as I can tell - maybe you can book locally in Amman. Personall
26 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Thank you, I'm not trying false heroics, I am just looking for an interesting way of getting from A to B. I started this thread to see if it would be
27 BaylorAirBear : There are several A.netters to whom I would say, "sure. Go in to Iraq. It's all milk and cookies." But, for what it's worth, I like you, so I'll be h
28 SW733 : How neat! When was this? Namibian independence? Angolan civil war? Sometime else?
29 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Absolutely, if I was Emo that is Indeed, I agree with everything that you have said, but I also have a strong sense of adventure and love visiting ne
30 JGPH1A : Both, really - it was in 1986/1987, did the trip a few times. I was never in actual combat, thank goodness. Not my favourite part of the world, in an
31 ME AVN FAN : suggest you contact Mr Yousef Abu Ras of Teebah Airlines in Amman under telephone +962-79-6955956 or E: flightec@mec.com.jp . He is Iraqi but living
32 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Fat chance Thank you, very interesting - I shall send him an email
33 JGPH1A : Fine - be like that ! I'll wait until you're released, in 30-40 years. Or just steal my own. :-P
34 RAPCON : No it's not, it he can obtain US residency (re: Green Card), he can join up.
35 Post contains images PlymSpotter : You are welcome to come along, on the condition that I get the window seats, and that you don't steal my deserts
36 JGPH1A : Dream on. I ALWAYS get the window seat, it is a law of the Medes and the Persians and cannot be changed. Besides, I am the one with the GDS, remember
37 Post contains images PlymSpotter : It could almost be worth it to see you squeeze yourself aboard a Yak40 Dan
38 JGPH1A : They do have teeny little doors. We were parked up next to several YK4's at Astana en route to Almaty, and I did actually wonder if the main cabin do
39 Thomson735 : Definatly dont go unless u want to end up on a Sky news being shown on a vid Cam tied up about to be killed N0 Security will help you, as mentioned be
40 JGPH1A : How painful ! I've heard of that: Sturgling: n. (ent. uncert. poss. Old Eng). i. An inflamed condition of the finger caused by typing too fast.
41 Post contains images TERRA : Blimey, Goof Air or a taxi across IQ? Now that is brave. I'd sooner take the taxi. I'll send a number of a guy i know who'll take you in a car for $2
42 Post contains images Leezyjet : Had one fly into LBA once, and yes the rear door/stairs is the normal way to get in/out. Was a strange little a/c, very dark and dim inside from what
43 Cedarjet : Geezer Dan, I went to Iran last month and had two flights on Saha's 707s, comparable to Concorde, original 60s interiors and just the most gorgeous ma
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