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by Milad
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Trains
Topic: Trains from Khiva to Samarkand
Replies: 5
Views: 1013

Re: Trains from Khiva to Samarkand

German Railway (DB/bahn.de) is easy to use and good to get an impression, but not always up to date for Central Asia, as they get their data very indirectly: UTI send all their data to RZD, RZD send their data to the European Timetable center (EFZ) and DB show everything EFZ gets on their website. T...
by Milad
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Trains
Topic: Trains from Khiva to Samarkand
Replies: 5
Views: 1013

Re: Trains from Khiva to Samarkand

The current online schedule displays no train running to/from Khiva but the night train from Khiva to Tashkent, which stops in Samarkand in the middle of the night. A day train from Khiva to Bukhara was certainly introduced in 2019, but does not seem to run at the moment. My guess is that the train ...
by Milad
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Azerbaijan - Nakchivan corridor
Replies: 6
Views: 1582

Re: Azerbaijan - Nakchivan corridor

I recently read that Azerbaijan Railways wants to use the agreement to rebuild/reactivate the old railway Zangilan-Meghri-Julfa, which runs right next to the Iranian border both in Azerbaijan and Armenia, used to be a part of the rail line Moscow-Tehran in Soviet times and was closed after the colla...
by Milad
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings
Replies: 251
Views: 47089

Re: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings

I think Russia is open as well? Not sure. Russia does not issue tourist visas at the moment. If you manage to get hold of a business or private visa, most nationalities still need to undergo a 14-day quarantine. My guess for a reopening of Russia for tourists is next summer, if the virus numbers go...
by Milad
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Soomar-Mandali border
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Re: Soomar-Mandali border

it's been reopened for trading between Iran and Iraq, not sure about tourism At the moment, Iraq does not allow anyone to enter except persons having an imperative reason to travel, and Iran is not issuing tourist visas, meaning you cannot go there anyway. While these restrictions are in place, que...
by Milad
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Russia and Belarus sign visa recognition agreement
Replies: 1
Views: 1273

Russia and Belarus sign visa recognition agreement

Hi all, although we are more or less unable to make use of this right now, this may ease overland travel Europe -> Russia in the future a lot: Belarus and Russia have finally signed the mutual visa recognition agreement (which had been drafted years ago and was postponed several times). This means t...
by Milad
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings
Replies: 251
Views: 47089

Re: Coronavirus border closures

This information is a mixture of information I have by personal relatives living in Iran and the official travel advice of the German MFA, which is usually up to date: Getting a visa: Visa issuance is not officially suspended. This does not mean that you will certainly get a visa, they might simply ...
by Milad
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Poperechnoe Uba festival
Replies: 5
Views: 1441

Re: Poperechnoe Uba festival

Haven't you read the news in the past month?
by Milad
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings
Replies: 251
Views: 47089

Re: Coronavirus border closures

Is it safe to assume they're doing this to close down any international tourism at this point? Or is it to monitor people if they get into the country? I'm still slated to go mid to late summer, but not particularly confident this will really take place. At the moment, we're in a rare situation: Th...
by Milad
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings
Replies: 251
Views: 47089

Re: Coronavirus border closures

Foreign citizens are banned from entering Georgia until further notice.