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