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Iraq allows stranded foreigners to leave Kurdistan via Baghdad without visa

Any person can leave the country via Baghdad without paying a fine or for an exit visa: Iraq

AFP | PTI  |  Baghdad 

Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil airport, flight ban
Erbil International Airport- the main airport of the city of Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

today authorised foreigners stranded in Iraqi after an flight ban to leave the country via despite not having a federal

Foreigners who had entered the northern autonomous region on regional visas not recognised by could previously not travel to other parts of

"Any person can leave the country via without paying a fine or for an exit visa," Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji told

Baghdad ordered the suspension of flights to and from Iraqi on Friday in retaliation for the voting for independence earlier last week.

A top ministry official said he would facilitate journalist visas, which usually take at least a month to process.

Iraqi gave a resounding 92.7-per cent "yes" vote for independence in last Monday's non-binding referendum, which has also sent regional tensions soaring.

First Published: Mon, October 02 2017. 14:49 IST