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by rfoltz
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Canadian Passport Looking for Iranian Visa Without a Tour or Guide
Replies: 2
Views: 1327

Re: Canadian Passport Looking for Iranian Visa Without a Tour or Guide

An Iranian visa requires an authorization code which can only be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. See this post: <https://caravanistan.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2261&start=10#p21232>.
by rfoltz
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Iran
Topic: Iran for vegetarians/vegans
Replies: 5
Views: 1512

Re: Iran for vegetarians/vegans

Vegetarianism is becoming increasingly popular in Iran. Tell people you are "giyah-khor" or simply "vezheterian". This article lists 10 vegetarian restaurants in Tehran: https://mag.fidilio.com/ده-رستوران-گیاهی-در-تهران/ It is in Persian, but you can print it out and take it with...
by rfoltz
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Iran
Topic: Iranian visa for US, UK and Canadian passports: Q&A
Replies: 32
Views: 16126

Re: Iranian visa for US, UK and Canadian passports: Q&A

At present the only way for Canadians, Americans and British to get a visa without booking a tour is to find an Iranian contact willing to spend a day waiting around the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran to fill out the paperwork to issue you an invitation. It is a big pain for them but Iranians...
by rfoltz
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: China
Topic: over 30 days waiting for Chinese visa
Replies: 7
Views: 1968

Re: over 30 days waiting for Chinese visa

After reading many such reports I thought it would be difficult to get a Chinese visa especially since I have a passport full of Iranian visas (and many others as well). But I applied at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Montréal, requesting a two-week single entry visa, and after four ...
by rfoltz
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Mongolia
Topic: road conditions mongolia
Replies: 9
Views: 2853

Re: road conditions mongolia

Very slow, especially as unusually heavy rains this summer have washed out many areas in the centre of the country. Don't count on averaging more than 40-50km/hr even on the main East-West highway.
by rfoltz
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Language in Tajikistan
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Re: Language in Tajikistan

Persian (Farsi), Tojiki and Dari are different dialects of the same language. Like American and British English, Parisian and Québec French, etc. Local patois can be quite difficult to understand but everyone in Tajikistan is educated in the standard language and can speak it.
by rfoltz
Fri May 18, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts
Replies: 48
Views: 12147

Re: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts

I have been travelling in southwestern Xinjiang for four days now and I have to say the checkpoints are really over the top. Even the Soviet Union (which I visited twice before its demise) was not like this. Anyone with the patience to deal with this situation and travel here anyway should budget tw...
by rfoltz
Tue May 15, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports
Replies: 74
Views: 30741

Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

I crossed today, from Murghab to Tashkurgan, no problems. From Murghab to the border took less than two hours because the driver basically drove off-road the whole way, careening this way and that over the desert sands trying to avoid the bumps. The border guards didn’t check my bags on either side,...
by rfoltz
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Iran - next tourist visa in a row / or residence
Replies: 3
Views: 889

Re: Iran - next tourist visa in a row / or residence

Enrolling as a student would probably be your best (maybe only) option for staying long-term in Iran. Two good possibilities are Persian language classes at the Dekhoda Institute (on Vali Asr near Pesyan below Tajrish Square) or the MA in Iranian Studies at Tehran University's Faculty of World Studi...
by rfoltz
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: South Ossetia from North Ossetia
Replies: 9
Views: 2629

South Ossetia from North Ossetia

As of mid-February 2018 the Roki tunnel border post was no longer manned, allowing free transit between North and South Ossetia. I saw the abandoned guard posts between Nar village and the tunnel but didn't cross myself since I needed to go to Georgia afterwards and didn't want to take any risks, bu...

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