Iraq Car Rental and Driving in Iraq (and Kurdistan)
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The majority of Iraq is currently on the ‘don’t go’ list of most Governments. At present therefore its not even worth considering as a driving abroad destination. However, the Kurdistan region (the provinces of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk) now seem to be free of restrictions from most countries. There are still car rental companies operating from the main airports in Iraq but I’ve been unable to locate one with a functioning website. Also main hotels should be able to organise car rental, though most visitors rent a car with a driver, and often use armoured vehicles with armed guards rented from security companies.This website gives some useful advice, and food for thought for anyone thinking of renting a car and self driving in Iraq-
The opening paragraph gives a flavour of the tone – If you thought that renting a car in Baghdad is easy (as in the other exotic tourist destinations across the globe), you are making a huge mistake. Are you aware of the recent trends among the hostile groups located within Iraq? I do not wish to startle you or dampen your spirits, but they now target the rental cars driven by foreigners.
Kurdistan seems to be a different story and I have heard of a number of travellers who have self driven there. In Erbil inthere seem to be a number of car rental options, though it can be hit and miss trying to book online-
Europcar Now have a branch at Bahrka Street, though it doesnt always seem to be appear on drop downs on the main website. Contact:Phone : +964 750 7372288
This company seems to allow online bookings -http://carhireerbil.com/
These are some more local companies –
Arrival Rent a car -firstname.lastname@example.org
+964 750 7777759
+964 770 7777759