Border crossings in Central Asia have a tendency to close unexpectedly and be located on a snowy mountain pass. Use the below map and guide to decide on your route through Central Asia. Please understand that this guide is an indication. However hard we try to keep up to date with recent developments, we cannot guarantee that a certain border crossing will be open or closed.
Border crossings legend
Green: no problem
Yellow: possible problems
Azure: Bilateral border crossing: only for residents of the 2 countries of the border crossing.
Purple: not enough information
Blue: other border crossings on the Silk road. Not researched and updated.
A word about bribes at the border. There is little chance that you will be asked for a bribe at the border crossing, be it a small one or a major one, if you haven’t done anything wrong. Border officials are generally not targeting tourists for bribes, they are looking more for illegal immigrants or workers from inside the region. Should you happen to run into trouble anyway, it is wise to stay polite and act like you have no idea what they are talking about. They will eventually tire of you and let you go.