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by Mike
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy Report: Turkmen visa in Ankara
Replies: 16
Views: 7622

Re: Embassy Report: Turkmen visa in Ankara

Addendum to my experience in 2015 (forgot to mention it at the time!) - I applied to the Turkmen transit visa in Ankara and arranged to collect it in Baku. When I found the embassy there (a feat in itself, since it's located in a maze of alleyways), the guys on the gate told me to come back in a cou...
by Mike
Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Border crossings reports: Dostyk/Dustlyk (Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan)
Replies: 39
Views: 13966

Border crossings reports: Dostyk/Dustlyk (Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan)

The short version: this border closes early in the evening. If you intend to use it, either stay in Andijon (or one of the other Fergana Valley towns) the night before, or if you really must start from Tashkent, leave at the crack of dawn. The long version: by the time I'd taken the bus out to Kuylu...
by Mike
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions
Replies: 202
Views: 91006

Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

This was my experience of crossing - of course, I can't guarantee that anyone else's will be exactly the same, but I hope it will be useful info. The Caspian Hostel in Baku is very helpful in phoning the shipping company - as the main backpacker place in the city, they get a lot of people asking. I ...
by Mike
Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Visa Information - Uzbekistan & Azerbaijan
Replies: 2
Views: 2018

Re: Visa Information - Uzbekistan & Azerbaijan

I can't answer the rest of your question, but I'll just mention that as far as I know Azerbaijan does not issue transit visas (at least it didn't give me that option when I applied for mine). Even if you're only staying for a few days, you'll still need the standard 30 day tourist visa.
by Mike
Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Turkmenistan visa in Baku
Replies: 17
Views: 7209

Report - Turkmenistan embassy in Baku

This is going to be a very short one! I had, as previously reported, applied for my Turkmenistan transit visa in Ankara, where they had no problem accepting the application. I requested to collect it from Baku, and was told that would be fine; they would email or text me to let me know when it was r...
by Mike
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Atyrau to Nukus
Replies: 4
Views: 2598

Re: Atyrau to Nukus

Having been stuck in Beyneu for 17 hours waiting for an onward train to Nukus, I can confirm that it is every bit as fascinating as previous visitors have reported.
by Mike
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Turkmenistan visa in Baku
Replies: 17
Views: 7209

Embassy report: Turkmenistan visa in Baku

I suspect the above-mentioned embassy is not alone in failing to keep to its stated opening hours... I applied for a Turkmen transit visa in Ankara two weeks ago, requesting to collect it from Baku. I was told I would get either an email or phone call to tell me it was ready, which should take 7-10 ...
by Mike
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy Report: Turkmen visa in Ankara
Replies: 16
Views: 7622

Re: Embassy report: Uzbek and Turkmen visas in Ankara

Steven, you're welcome - I've got some useful info from this site so I thought I ought to give something back! RR - I haven't applied for an Iranian visa so I can't answer your question with certainty - it's possible the Iranian embassy might take longer to do the payments etc. on the day you collec...
by Mike
Fri May 22, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy Report: Turkmen visa in Ankara
Replies: 16
Views: 7622

Embassy report: Uzbek and Turkmen visas in Ankara

Uzbekistan: not much has changed since the last report - the embassy is still in the same place, same buses to get there (185 or 413 from Ulus/Kızılay). Theoretically the same opening hours, although when I collected it I was there at 9.30 and they left me in immediately, despite reminding me that t...

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