For many nationalities, especially from the US and Europe, a 30-day entry visa to the Kurdistan Region can be acquired upon arrival at the Erbil or Suliamaniyah Airports.  These visas are not necessarily valid for travel outside the Kurdistan Region.

Those arriving from other countries should send us a copy of their passport in advance. We will inform the authorities to grant visas upon arrival.

Please keep MERI and MERI Forum’s name and our staff contact details handy, in case you need it.


Delegates are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements. There are a range of hotels, at a variety of different price points, available across Erbil. For Forum delegates, we have arranged special rates with several different hotels, which will be added below once confirmed.

Hotels Star Ratings MERI Discounted Rate
Rotana 5 $245
Erbil Arjaan (by Rotana) 5 $181
Ramada 5  $150
Dedeman  5 $99
Canyon 4 $80


Taxis to and from the airport cost between $20-25.
Taxis within Erbil cost $4-5.


The average temperature in at this time of the year is around 25-27℃ during the day and 15-17℃ at the lowest.  The days are warm and bright with occasional light rain, which is not predicted at the moment.

Medical Assistance

There are public and private hospitals in Erbil. No health insurance coverage is provided for participants. Speakers and participants are expected to come with their own travel medical insurance.

Further Assistance

More information, including health & Safety and accessories at the conference venue, click here.

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