Many companies and executives view traveling to Northern Iraq relativley safe, however, in a recent travel warning update, the US state department still cautions travelers on the real dangers of traveling to places like Sulymaniya, Erbil, and Dohuk.
Online PR News – 24-June-2009 – – On June 15th the US state department has renewed the travel warning status regarding travel to Iraq in general and also to Northern Iraq. Some view travel to the north as relatively low risk. The state department says, "The security situation in Sulymaniya, Erbil, and Dohuk has been relatively more stable than the rest of Iraq in recent years, but violence persists and conditions could deteriorate quickly. Even though there have been fewer terrorist attacks and lower levels of insurgent violence in Sulymaniya, Erbil, and Dohuk than in other parts of Iraq, the security situation throughout the country remains fluid."
Mike Chiango, President of Premier Agents Group says, "It is important for business travelers and executives helping to re-build infrastructure in Iraq to use caution.” Premier Agents Group, LLC offers special war risk insurance. Plans include emergency medical evacuation, civil unrest evacuation, travel medical insurance, accident insurance and kidnap and ransom plans.
The US state department warns, "In 2008, multiple incidents occurred in Sulymaniya, Erbil, and Dohuk involving IEDs, rocket and mortar fire, vehicle bombs, and shootings, though none resulted in U.S. casualties. While many parts of northern Iraq have become more stable, Mosul continues to experience intense violence and instability." "Having the right security and contingency planning is the best approach says Mr. Chiango."