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People traveling from Kurdistan should test negative for Covid-19: Iran

  2021-07-10  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Iranians wearing protective face masks against the coronavirus walk in a crowded area of the capital Tehran, Iran, March 30, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS/File Photo
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – People traveling to Iran from the Kurdistan Region should submit a negative Covid-19 test prior to the departure, said Haji Omaran International Border Point on Saturday (July 10).

“The Iranian state will not allow any citizen or tourist to visit Iran without submitting the Covid-19 test,” the border point said in a statement.

Kurdistan Region has four official border crossings with Iran; Haji Omaran in Erbil, Parwezkhan, bashmakh and Sairanban in Sulaimani and many unofficial ones.

On February 25, Iran halted travel to and from Iraq including the Kurdistan Region through the border crossings to combat exponential surges in COVID-19 cases in the country. Since then, the travel ban has been extended several times.

The newly imposed condition on travelers by Iran comes after a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the Kurdistan Region.

On Friday (July 9), the Kurdistan Region logged 1,007 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths, and 798 recoveries.
Overall, there have been 193,270 officially logged cases. 179,461 have recovered and 4,528 have died.

(Zhyan English)