Iran->Iraqi Kurdistan (border crossings)
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 12, 2013 3:14 PM Last Post By: Guido500
Nov 18, 2012 12:05 PM
Iran->Iraqi Kurdistan (border crossings)Hi all,
We (Dutch male, Turkish female) are currently in Iran and planning to travel to Iraqi Kurdistan (by local transport) in about one week. I was aiming for the Piranshahr border crossing, but heard that there might be another option: Marivan-Penjwin. Since we'll be in Marivan anyway, this route would save us a long bus ride. The last info I found was dated february 2012, so I'm hoping for more recent information.
1) Is the Marivan-Penjwin crossing (in this direction) open for travellers?
2) Can we travel directly from the border to Sulaymaniya without passing through "less safe" areas? Any other security issues here?
3) I suppose a 10-day visa is issued at the border?
Any other info on this route is more than welcome.
Oh, just in case: if someone could confirm the Piranshahr border is open, that would be nice too.
ps: also posted on the Iran forum
Nov 23, 2012 12:01 AM
Curious if you learned any details about this border crossing??
I am currently in Erbil and will travel to Sulimanyeh tomorrow.
If the border (Penjwin - Marivan) is open to foreigners (I am Canadian) I would love to cross there.
If this is not possible I really hope the Piranshahr border crossing is open.
Thanks for sharing any info you may have!
Nov 23, 2012 4:18 AM
I'm in Sanandaj, Iran, at the moment and everybody here (locals) assure me the Penjwin border is open. There's also a direct bus from Sanandaj to Sulimaniya, maybe the same goes for the opposite direction.
I'm planning to cross the border next Monday, after witnessing the Ashura festival in Iran, which should be interesting. By the way, for Ashura activities, don't stay in Sanandaj, which is mostly Sunni. Not much going on here, locals tell me. Try Kermanshah, Bijar, Hamadan, Qom or basically any other city further east, north or south. In Sanandaj, the Shadi Hotel is excellent, though rather expensive: about 40 euro's for a double room.
If you manage (or don't manage) to cross the border - I'd appreciate hearing from you. Any info on the crossing and transport is welcome. Also, if you have time, I'd like to hear about your experiences in Iraqi Kurdistan. I'll visit Sulemaniya, Erbil, Dohuk, Al-Kosh and Zakho, exiting to Turkey. Any hotel recommendations? Feel free to PM me. Thanks!
Nov 23, 2012 9:07 AM
3Thanks for the info! Super helpful. I will likely cross Monday also so maybe we'll wave to each other.
For Kurdistan -
Transport is via shared taxi. Its about 5000 dinars/ hour of travel. Not busses seem to exist. The taxi stands are called 'Garajes'
Accomodation - Nothing great in Erbil to report. A little expensive. Expect to pay 25-30000 dinars pp for pretty basic room. Look around and bargain though. The prices do move and some are better value. In Dohuk, look for the Dolphin Hotel. ~20-25000 dinar and good value. Its on one of the main streets in the Centre.
To see. Erbil - just the Citadel really. Parks are nice too. Dohuk - consider hiring a taxi to take you to the Yezidi village of Lalish. ~ 50000 dinar for the afternoon. If you can share costs with others its better. It was cool.
This blog if you haven't already found it is the best resource I know of otherwise - http://joestrippin.blogspot.com/2009/04/iraq-kurdistan-region.html.
Let me know if you have specific questions!
Aug 12, 2013 3:14 PM
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