Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Erbil to Istanbul
Turkish Airlines and FlexFlight have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Erbil Intl to Istanbul. Confirm policies on booking site.
Most visitors from Erbil need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Istanbul. All travelers, except transit passengers and children 6 years old and below are required to complete the Entry Form 72 hours prior to departure date to Turkey.
Tourists are advised to have a travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
Read more about travel restrictions for Istanbul
Visitors from Erbil are not required to quarantine after entering Istanbul.
Visitors from Erbil must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken before departing to Istanbul.
Current regulations for vaccinated travelers to Istanbul: most visitors from Erbil may enter Istanbul but may still need to provide proof of negative COVID test.
Form for Entry to Turkey
Mandatory to fill 72h before arrival.
Passenger Locator Card
Masks: Required on public transportation.
Restaurants: Open with restrictions
Bars: Open with restrictions
Nonstop flights from Erbil generally make it to Istanbul in 2h 45m. The flying distance between the two cities is 889 miles.
There are usually 4 direct flights each day leaving Erbil in the direction of Istanbul, for a total of 28 flights weekly.
The cheapest return flight ticket from Erbil to Istanbul found by KAYAK users in the last 72 hours was for $276 on Royal Jordanian, followed by Fly Baghdad ($318). One-way flight deals have also been found from as low as $160 on Fly Baghdad and from $167 on Pegasus Airlines.
A passport is required to fly from Erbil to Istanbul.
For Erbil to Istanbul, Thursday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Tuesday is the most expensive. Flying from Istanbul back to Erbil, the best deals are generally found on Monday, with Sunday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Erbil you will be using Erbil Intl. You will be landing at Istanbul, also known as Istanbul.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "I couldn't believe that there were only 13 passengers on our flight, on a regular-sized plane! In all my years of flying, that was a first. The biggest problem was that I was not on the flight manifest when I checked in, but after about a half hour that got resolved. Obviously there was space for me on the flight! Even though it was a late-night flight (10:15-12:15), we got served dinner at 11:00 pm. Not great food, but more than I expected for that time of day."
Pros: "The flight was delayed, but they explained why (a computer problem) and what they did to correct the problem (swapped in a working computer). The plane was small (19 seats, I think). We were greeted by a friendly (and funny) crew member who welcomed us aboard, explained the safety features, offered us some candy (the only food available -- very short flight), and then sat down in the cockpit (turns out he was the copilot). Everything was very simple and enjoyable. (I rated the "food" and "entertainment" with five stars. Other than candy, there was no food available, and the only entertainment was the cockpit. But there was no way to indicate "does not apply.")"
Cons: "No complaints at all."
Cons: "That if passengers with a original departure of erbil will be blocked for their final log that kayak or royal jordanian dont advertise the flight"
Pros: "ThAt i left erbil"
Pros: "Seats are crammed & not comfortable but crew members were nice"
Cons: "Add WiFi Serve 2 meals flying Amman to JFK"
Pros: "Great flight, on time, wonderful food and friendly flight attendants"
Cons: "Everything was perfect!"
Cons: "The Royal Jordanian crew gave us a comfortable, enjoyable flight. There is no in-flight entertainment, so take your own or plan to read or sleep."
Pros: "Crew was not helpful they also spoilt my luggage"
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Pros: "Crew was great. Seat was comfortable."
Cons: "Drinks and food"
Pros: "Every things well"
Cons: "Keep it up"
Cons: "Seats Crew"
Pros: "All was good"
Cons: "The Bus at Arrival to Dammam Airport"
Cons: "Almost everything"
Cons: "Bad quality meal, worn out plane, entertainment system is broken and the crew just reset it once and didn't help and they didn't do anything about it. The movies are ridiculously old. Asked for exit seat and they said for that I have to pay $80 more. I asked for water, they said they will bring it andbthey never did."
Cons: "my seat was broken"
Pros: "Everything . Very good"
Pros: "managed the difficulties of being redirected without much of a hiccup."
Cons: "no big concerns"
Pros: "Crew exceptionally nice"
Cons: "Tedious security before boarding. Cleanliness could be better."
Pros: "I arrived safely to Detroit"
Cons: "There were so many women wanting to change their seat because they cannot sit next to a man . . . . There was a woman crying because she wanted to sit next to me and the flight attendant told her no and that she needs to go back to her assigned seat. If seats are available after boarding they will move her to another seat is what the flight attendant said. Alot of male passengers volunteered to move to accommodate the women that cannot sit next to a man. As a suggestion maybe while booking a ticket a passenger can select the option of sitting next to women or men only. My screen stopped working about an hour into the 12 hour flight. More options for food would be another suggestion."
Pros: "I upgraded my flight to business class and I enjoyed it."
Cons: "Too many screaming babies and toilets that didn’t work along with the crew that didn’t care."
Cons: "Cold food"
Cons: "I thought the Crown Lounge in Amman (RJ's hub) was shockingly poor."
Pros: "Should be there are arrangement for bording we found all the travelers bording on the same time and those people more than on bags and over size can not fit on the cabaint, then the people on front seat can not find space for small hand bag, flight attendant dissapaer all time of travel , children walking inspire of the alarm of seatbeat light ON, toilet are very dirty no body clean it"
Cons: "Like from air lines to check the size and number of bags for the passengers boarding to allow the other to put their bags on the cabaint , and give more instructions for fligth attendees"
Cons: "Very good"
Cons: "Although we were traveling together, the airline seated us separately on both flights. Going from Chicago to Amman I was seated in seat 16A while my husband was placed on the other side of the airplane in seat 17K!! On the ride back, I was in seat 13A and my husband in 30C!!!!! Prior to check in and during check in, I was informed that I was not able to select our seats, and that we would just have to arrange seating ourselves once we were on the plane!! A week prior to leaving Amman my husband called rj and talked to a representative who changed our seats."
Cons: "Our check in luggage was opened. And the expensive perfumes we bought were missing. Some perfumes were taken without the boxes. Empty boxes were left. and some were taken with the boxes. Atleast $500 worth of perfumes were stolen from us 5 passengers luggages."
Pros: "Non stop flight"
Cons: "Poor service. Rude and unprofessional staff. Not enough food or beverage service."
Pros: "Left on time. Probably overpriced for the length of the flight. Baggage was out promptly."
Cons: "The airline canceled my return flight without notice because I did not board an earlier connecting flight."
Pros: "Nice and spacious plane"
Cons: "Delayed boarding No wifi or no cell phone service once boarded, passengers should be told in advance they will not have service when boarded"
Pros: "Very good and friendly staff"
Cons: "Entertainment need a refresh"
Cons: "I asked for a window seat and I have platinum card. I was told to check at the counter. The counter lady said there is no window seat available and the whole row of three seats was empty! As soon as I entered the flight it had an urine like odor through out the flight. I travel a lot in this airline and this is the first flight that had that odor. I will fly again and if that continues I will consider changing the airline."
Pros: "The entire experience was truly great! Crew is very professional, friendly, and accomodating! Very comfy plane, great food and a wide variety of entertainment!"
Cons: "Everything was great!"
Pros: "not a single thing"
Cons: "flight attendants specially sara super rude, bully, obnoxious no entertainment system, was on but no programs were available, this is not a cheap flight, as a matter of fact the most expensive for that schedule and rout food was horrible plane was packed and no leg room will never fly RJ ever again"
Cons: "No transit support in delayed flight."
Pros: "On time, quick"
Cons: "Four hour delay on route BKK-AMM, no apology or compensation. Crew not friendly. Food very basic."
Pros: "I like that we were able to board quickly."
Cons: "I didn't enjoy the way the flight attendants were treating there guest."
Pros: "Schedule was on time On departure crew were courteous"
Cons: "Lack of cleanliness, the crew did not walk the isles to take the rubbish from the passengers They did not pass by to sell duty free goods It would be nice if they upgrade free of charge frequent flyer members to business class when there are empty seats"
Pros: "Every thing on there the crevices was so good"
Cons: "Non .. all is good"
Pros: "Crew members were very nice to an old lady and i saw how well they took care of her"
Cons: "The agency to which kyak has directed me to purchase the tickets. They have lots of restrictions that could have turned my trip bad. I was very septic when i read their conditions for flight changes and process of registering credit catds. I don't recommend that kayak maintains this agent . Actually i have never purchased a ticket throgh them. That was the fist and last time"
Pros: "I realy liked the airport where there are a lot of restorants and caffe and great duty free shops. The lounge is great and its free for master card and american express holder"
Pros: "Flight itself was great ... attentive service, nice airplane, food and beverages even when it's a short flight"
Cons: "Check-in in the Cairo airport: different lines led to large differences in processing time ... our line also processed business class which led to us taking over one hour for check-in (basically being the last one) and having to run through security even when we arrived rather early. No initiative by the check-in attendants to balance between the lines. When they opened two more counters to process check-in they only processed the 'fast' line. Pro tip: avoid the (economy) check-in line next to the business counter. This probably led to the second problem ... they gave us separate seats when traveling with a young child."
Pros: "Attentive crew, good entertainment choices, free headphones"
Cons: "We arrived with another Royal Jordan flight and went through transit but still had to go through the same security like all the other travelers which led to a total of five security checks for the two flights. Several procedures were done multiple times (swiping computers/cameras/children's toys.) Security personnel didn't explain differences in protocol to other flights/check-in procedures which led to high frustration, e.g., families were separated for individual screenings/pat downs without asking where our small child should go. There were no bathrooms or concessions in the last section where people were waiting right before boarding the flight."
Pros: "Very friendly crew."
Cons: "Very early boarding and push back."
Cons: "They charged me extra 125$ at the jordanian Airport to allow me to stay at the airport hotel."
Pros: "Service, on time"
Cons: "Not much to complain about"
Cons: "4 hours late - no communication Rude flight attendants"
Pros: "Was the Crew very rude"
Pros: "The meals we ordered were tasty and the leather seats and leg room are fair enough"
Cons: "Boarding is sooooo slow Entertainment facilities did not exist"
Pros: "Crew amazing .. seats not comfortable"
Cons: "Delayed boarding .."
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Food abd more comfort flight"
Pros: "The crew was good and smart"
Cons: "Toilets are not good. Wash hand basin always blocked. I tried 2 different toilets and both are the same"
Pros: "The crew was fine."
Cons: "Pegasus should upgrade the payment method through cards. They should accept more types of bank cards."
Cons: "Seats are impossibly close. Men's knees hit the back of the seat in front of them. Sardines accurately describes seating on this airline. No, and I mean No, room to move."
Pros: "Evry think"
Cons: "We were really afraid from istanbul to beirut."
Pros: "Easy check-in with great allowances for hand baggage and checked baggage."
Cons: "Flight was delayed slightly but probably not the fault of the airline."
Pros: "Easy smooth boarding. Peaceful flight."
Cons: "But confusing arrangement of ‘international ‘ and ‘domestic buses at the airport"
Pros: "I arrived alive!"
Cons: "Service was poor, plane was hot, not my best flight experience by far"
Cons: "One hour flight from Dalaman to Istambul. that leaves with two and a half hours of delay. We arrived late to Istanbul. We ate dinner after hours and tired of Pegasus waiting. Without any explanation from anyone in the company. Never again will I fly with Pegasus."
Cons: "1 hour delay nearly cost me my connection no assistance provided"
Pros: "The tickets were relatively inexpensive."
Cons: "However, for comparably-priced flights within the United States, we would have been given a snack and two beverage services on a four hour flight. This was international (turkey to spain) and we weren't given anything. We couldn't even get water without paying for it. Definitely one of the worst flights I've ever taken."
Pros: "Cheap price"
Cons: "Uncomfortable seats. Race car type no recline, no food included, overnight flight yet lights on board remained fully illuminated."
Pros: "timing of arrival"
Cons: "seating not comfartable amount paid for ticikts were expensive for services offered / meals should be free airplane air condetioning was bas for etire flight / it was hot ( speaclly for someone with bood pressure)"
Cons: "Wait time, customer service"
Pros: "Bording was fast and the plane took off on time."
Pros: "Ontime departure and arrival. Friendly crew. Comfortable."
Cons: "Not the fault of the airline but I travel a lot and I've never seen so many rude passengers."
Pros: "The price"
Cons: "The mass"
Pros: "Unfortunately, it's impossible to find a single positive thing to mention. I'd gladly pay more and not fly with them"
Cons: "I took 4 flights with this airline. Each was at least an hour late in take offs and landings. Very unfriendly staff whether at the check-in or flight attendants. Incredibly uncomfortable seats (compared with same level seats with other airlines). They reminded me with outdoor vegetable and fruit markets where farmers and gypsies yell to sell their products; they charge for everything, offering nothing on a 4 hrs flight, not even water. Not sure if it is a language barrier, but they are very rude and impolite in English. I really wish there was a single good thing to say. Even the pilots are the worst i've seen. Very rough landing every single time"
Pros: "Nothing , It was veri terrible"
Cons: "The boarding pass , they opened my baggage like 3 times and start making chaos in it and ruin many things inside it , plus it always delayed in time"
Cons: "Not much"
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Oh wow there’s a long list: -flight was late -no food or drinks were offered -seats were dirty -plane was dirty -staff spoke very limited English -every single food we ordered was “sold out” -credit. At cpayments we’re not accepted -toilets were not clean I could continue but the above suffices."
Pros: "The price"
Cons: "The seats"
Pros: "The staff was friendly, efficient and professional. The plane was clean, and the flight on time. Was my first time to fly Pegasus, but will definitely do so again."
Cons: "The boarding process was unorganized and a bit frustrating."
Cons: "Almost one hour delay to board and take off!!!"
Pros: "good crew."
Cons: "very not comfortable chairs"
Cons: "Crew members are very rude"
Cons: "Airline stuff was bad in palne which not care about undisable boy was travel with me"
Pros: "Did not like anything about it,"
Cons: "My luggage is lost I am in Erbil just me and my passport !!! Hello no compensation no sorry !! Just fill a form and put your name and bye !!!"
Cons: "Old plane"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Public address system loudspeaker on plane was quite loud"
Cons: "A failed flight canceled the flight without compensation and we lost hotel reservations in Sarajevo"
Pros: "They canceled the flight 1 earlier than its time, and refused to refund. Instead asked the passengers to come tomorrow next time. What about the connections? All lost, or canceled other flights."
Cons: "120 Euros for 10 kilos over in checked baggage. I have never in my life been charged such a fee with any other airline. With that kind of money, I could have flown a much better airline, with working AC, complimentary WATER, and a plane that at least doesn't smell like stale, sweaty nastiness. Pegasus is a joke and will never see a penny from me again. Not to mention that you have to take a bus to the airports from the plane!!! All in all, you will get treated like a very low class citizen on this airline."
Pros: "All was good but I thing thy need to give food with no pay 3.30 h fly thy need something free"
Cons: "Boarding was delayed and there were no announcements about when we would be boarding. Also the ticket check at the gate to board the buses was not the most well-organized/efficient."
Pros: "Comfortable seats and very clean."
Cons: "It's the worst airline ever, delays (NO EXCUSES), non-comfortable seats, very bad customer experience..."
Pros: "I am glad that the Pegasus team changed my flight to Bishkek (after I missed the flight to Almaty because of Pegasus delays from Lviv) but I wish Pegasus had given me the difference in price of flights back on my card."
Cons: "The first leg of my trip (Lviv to Istanbul) was delayed without warning. It made me miss my flight to Almaty and the next flight wasn't for two days. None of the Pegasus crew (on the flight from Lviv) seemed to care that I had a flight very soon after landing, even though I was a female passenger alone. They wouldn't call the gate or look up if my flight to Almaty was delayed once we arrived."
Pros: "They got me to my destination... eventually"
Cons: "Oh, boy. First, this flight was super late and they wouldn't admit it. I went to the gate at boarding time, and the staff rudely pushed me away, saying I misunderstood the gate number. I double checked, and no, that was indeed the right gate. This lasted until the airport announced the final boarding call for my flight, and people started lining up.Then the staff had to admit that this was the right gate and the plane was just late. We didn't start boarding until way after the announced time (which they didn't bother to update on the screen until it passed. Extraordinarily disorganized. Second, the flight crew was loud and kept the lights turned way up on an overnight flight. Everyone around me was trying to sleep, and they were woken up by the crew yelling "DO YOU WANT COFFEE?" 5 rows away. Even when they finally dimmed the lights 3 hours into the flight, they kept the Tv's on, so the flashing advertisements prevented me from sleeping restfully. Third, you have to pay for coffee and tea. Who does this? They also begin their flight with loud, obnoxious music that jolts everyone awake (see above for this being an overnight flight). Overall, only choose this airline if you're okay with being kept forcibly awake and you don't mind the flight being late. Oh, and you have 2 euros to pay for simple tea."
Cons: "Wasn't informed of any delays. Every flight was delayed or rescheduled! Nobody was informed of anything that was happening. I will never fly again with Pegasus"
Pros: "As long as I arrive safely, price is the most important thing about a flight..."
Cons: "Ticket agent was short with us and was bothered hat she had to check us in and questioned our flight. We had a cursing drunk guy in the boarding line for 20 minutes with no staff anywhere to help the passengers he was harassing. we left the airport late and heard horror stories from many other passengers about the lack of customer service."
Cons: "We were delayed going and coming back! Staff were not helpful on our way back. Unfortunately I had a very bad experience with using kayak as when I wanted to cancel I was very shocked that vayama charges $344 for changing both flights timings were as if I had booked through Pegasus themselves it would have been $75 , never again and I have deleted the app"
Airlines flying from Erbil to Istanbul have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Erbil to Istanbul
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Erbil to Istanbul
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Erbil to Istanbul
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Erbil to Istanbul
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Erbil to Istanbul
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