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by CallumT
Wed May 01, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor (2018)
Replies: 14
Views: 7877

Re: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor (2018)

After a bit of delay I finally finished up all of my posts regarding our time in Afghanistan. It's a bit lengthy but if anyone is interested here is the Wakhan Corridor through my partner's and my eyes. https://thephotographyjournalblog.wordpress.com/category/stories/the-stans/afghanistan/ or here a...
by CallumT
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Interesting news on China outpost in Tajikistan near Pamir Knot
Replies: 3
Views: 535

Re: Interesting news on China outpost in Tajikistan near Pamir Knot

In the Afghan Wakhan Corridor at least, the influence of China is impossible to miss. Especially in the Kyrgyz camps everything is Chinese branded. Anything electronic they have managed to get their hands on is Chinese and the solar panels that charge them are Chinese. When we stopped by at the bord...
by CallumT
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Travel safety in Iraqi Kurdistan?
Replies: 12
Views: 1216

Re: Travel safety in Iraqi Kurdistan?

I was there with my girlfriend in August last year and the whole Kurdish territory felt extremely safe. After visiting Sulamaniyah and Erbil we rented a car for 6 days and drove to Lalish, Amedi, Rawanduz and Akre. Never felt unsafe anywhere and were welcomed everywhere with open arms. Frequent secu...
by CallumT
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor (2018)
Replies: 14
Views: 7877

Re: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor

So I've finally gotten around to writing about Afghanistan, if anyone is keen on reading up on our time here I'll be uploading posts over the next couple of weeks.
by CallumT
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Georgia to Russia Border crossing (Zemo Larsi - Chertov Most)
Replies: 46
Views: 19779

Re: Georgia to Russia Border crossing (Zemo Larsi - Chertov Most)

Crossed this border today with my partner. Like most foreign tourists we were pulled aside for questioning, although the man who spoke to us was actually quite friendly. Perhaps it was because I knew some basic Russian, but compared to when we crossed into Russia from Mongolia this was a breeze. Nob...
by CallumT
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Iraqi Kurdistan - Turkey border crossing reports
Replies: 13
Views: 6367

Re: Iraqi Kurdistan - Turkey border crossing reports

Yep, 30 days visa free on arrival at the border. Only for Iraqi Kurdistan of course though, not valid for any other region in Iraq. It's just a stamp in the passport as well, no physical permit or anything. All the main roads in Kurdistan are very good surprisingly. The only annoying thing is the in...
by CallumT
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Russian tourist visa in Tbilisi, Georgia
Replies: 31
Views: 10198

Re: Russian tourist visa in Tbilisi, Georgia

Via e-mail: Last Friday ( 17.08.2018) they opened up a new embassy. http://www.russianconsulates.com/consulate.aspx?ConsulateID=1123 There was a TV crew outside the old one filming for the local TV. Today I walked passed the old one and it was the same chaos as always. I don't speak the language bu...
by CallumT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Russian tourist visa in Tbilisi, Georgia
Replies: 31
Views: 10198

Re: Russian tourist visa in Tbilisi, Georgia

Yeah fortunately one of the girls at our hostel saved us and kindly helped with it all, translating everything for us. We returned in the afternoon with the documents and thankfully they didn't ask for anything else. Visa costs were $39 for my partner and 163GEL for me (I paid at a bank nearby as th...
by CallumT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Russian tourist visa in Tbilisi, Georgia
Replies: 31
Views: 10198

Re: Russian tourist visa in Tbilisi, Georgia

Another update to this While Australians don't need the original letter of invitation, we do need extra documents. Went again today to apply only to be told that I need a detailed biography written in Russian explaining who I am, what I do, who my family are etc. I also need to fill out the online v...
by CallumT
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Iraqi Kurdistan - Turkey border crossing reports
Replies: 13
Views: 6367

Re: Iraqi Kurdistan - Turkey border crossing reports

Crossed this border about a week ago with my partner from Erbil to Diyarbakir on a bus. Despite reaching the border at about 11:30pm, there was plenty of vehicles trying to get through and it was incredibly slow and inefficient. The Kurdish side was easy, a simple stamp out and on your way. Turkish ...

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