Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

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Ecovelo
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Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby Ecovelo » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:00 am

Hello everyone,

One week ago, on the 6th of August, I tried to cross the border from Iran to Turkmenistan in Bajgiran (like my visa told me to). Apparently the Turkmen government closed the border on that day, so I put my bicycle on top of one of the cars from the Mongol-Ralley and we drove to the Loftabad/Artyk border crossing. This one got also closed but just for one day. They told us that the border in Bajgiran will be closed for a longer period.

This is the first time I have Internet since then, so maybe my info is already old stuff and they opened the border again. But I thought maybe it helps someone who is going to cross that border during the next days. Maybe you should try to get some more information on that matter. Crossing the border in Loftabad was no problem for me. Except that I had to camp there for the night and since it is normally just for trucks they didn't really know what to do with foreigners. But everyone was friendly.

Anyway, good travel!

Simon
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Re: TURKMENISTAN border crossings

Postby olig » Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:26 pm

The Iranian-Turkmen border crossing Gaudan – Bajgiran (the closest to Achgabat) seems to be closed for foreigners (at least for transit visas). That's what the guy from the Turkmen Embassy in Tehran told me as I applied for the visa (August 11th).
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Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby adventurism » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:16 pm

I can confirm, I tried to cross from the Turkmeni side but was also diverted to Artyk.
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Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby Aleco » Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:17 am

Wow, I've crossed from there at the beginning of July 2016 and was ok. Lucky me! :-)
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Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby gaz457 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:45 pm

Travel agency told us it should be reopening this week... We are due to cross Sept 20th.
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Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby hitchhaning » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:05 pm

Hi everyone,

We applied for this crossing a month ago and successfully entered Turkmenistan on the 11th of December. The guards were cool (just took their time with everything, we had to wait around 3h). Just outside the border there was a bus to the suburbs of Ashgabat (5 manats) and from there we had to take a taxi.

Also, apparently the best gift you can bring anyone in Turkmenistan right now are cigarettes - since a few months ago government made their smoking policy even stricter and they cost 25$ a packet there. You're only allowed to bring in 2 packets (not cartons, packets!).
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Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby roro » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:36 am

Thanks for this info :)
RR.
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Cat
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Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby Cat » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:23 am

Hi everyone,

i want to cross at Bajgiran next week. Does anyone have recent info if the border is open or not?
Thanks and save travels,
Cat
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ellenenerik
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Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby ellenenerik » Sun May 21, 2017 10:45 am

The boarder is open. We crossed on the 17th of may.
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cyberol
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Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Postby cyberol » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:01 pm

Crossed from Iran to Turkmenistan at Bajgiran border at the end of August with our own vehicle.

Iran side:
Was easy and pleasant. Opens at around 8-8:30am

TKM side:
At Bajgiran, the border opens from 9am to 5:30pm with a lunch time from noon to 1pm.
(One of my TKM friend told me that the other borders have a lunch time from 12:30 to 2pm!)
One of the older officer took me to his Soviet-style office. He was well drunk and still drinking his bottle of vodka as he asked if I could help him with my heart!! Not sure how many dollars is a heartily help lol

The car check was not as thorough as I had heard and they did not check any cameras, computer, hard disks, books, iphone, ..

About 10 people working on the TKM side, better at smoking cigarettes and joking than doing their job in a fast and efficient way.

In the end, I had to pay:
- 3 US$ for disinfection
- 25US$ for entry and transit passage!
- 24 US$ for compensation of fuel cost (even though I made sure my tank was almost empty to avoid that very tax!!)
- 45 US$ for 3rd party liability car insurance (not sure for how long it is valid)
- 5 US$ for processing & permit
- And bunch of cigarettes ;-)
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