More than 1M tourists used Haji Omaran bor­der point last year

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics from the Haji Omaran In­ter­na­tional Bor­der Point, a to­tal of 1,056,584 tourists have passed the bor­der point dur­ing the year of 2014, which is ap­prox­i­mately 10% lower than 2013.

Zi­rar Hus­sein, Di­rec­tor of Haji Omaran Res­i­dency and Pass­port Of­fice told a lo­cal Kur­dish daily news­pa­per that around 3,000 vis­i­tors use the bor­der point ev­ery day, which to­tals to 1,056,584 peo­ple in the whole year.

“Roughly 527,205 Ira­nian trav­el­ers crossed the bor­der while 529,379 Kur­dish trav­el­ers passed the bor­der dur­ing the year,” Hus­sein said. “We have made all fa­cil­i­ta­tions for the trav­el­ers to cross the bor­der with­out has­sle and de­lays, but no such fa­cil­i­ta­tions were made on the Ira­nian side of the bor­der and Ira­nian trav­el­ers have to wait in line for long times to cross the bor­der.”

Hus­sein says the num­ber was 1,159,858 trav­el­ers in 2013, which is ap­prox­i­mately 10% higher than 2014. He ar­gues that the rea­son for the de­crease was the se­cu­rity, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Iraq dur­ing last year.

“If the fi­nan­cial cri­sis is solved this year, we ex­pect more trav­el­ers to cross our bor­der point.”

Haji Omaran In­ter­na­tional Bor­der Point is the last bor­der cross­ing be­tween Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran, which is 170 kilo­me­ters north east of Er­bil. A pass­port of­fice was opened at the bor­der point in 2008, since when Ira­nian and Kur­dish cit­i­zen cross the bor­der us­ing their pass­ports.

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