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by blakep76
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Travel safety in Iraqi Kurdistan?
Replies: 22
Views: 4771

Re: Travel safety in Iraqi Kurdistan?

Article in the BBC yesterday about both Iraqi and Kurdish intelligence officials becoming alarmed about a growing ISIS presence in the mountains near Kirkuk. Alas because of the tension between the Iraqi military and Peshmerga there's kind of a no man's land where neither side patrols - allowing IS ...
by blakep76
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Arriving with more than $2000USD
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Arriving with more than $2000USD

Yep... As long as it's declared and you don't leave with more than that amount it's a non-issue. It'll take a couple of extra minutes to fill in the currency declaration form at the red channel, but nothing legally to fear by doing so.
by blakep76
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Tajikistan 'Overstay Penalty' by E-Mail
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: Tajikistan 'Overstay Penalty' by E-Mail

Is this just affecting people who departed TJ via Bor Dobo – Kyzylart, or is it a nation wide thing?
by blakep76
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Tashkent airport: reports and Q&A
Replies: 37
Views: 16606

Re: Tashkent airport: reports and Q&A

There are. At least in the International Terminal. unsure about over the domestic side. They are outside the building, after you go up the escalators to get into the departures terminal - just before the second security check/x-ray. Too bad if there's something in your bags which requires the airpor...
by blakep76
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Kunming: Chinese visa extension reports
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

Re: Kunming: Chinese visa extension reports

^ the instruction pics for how tourists should set up alipay in those attachments are backwards, but I'm too lazy to edit them.... Pic # 2 is step 1 and Pic # 1 is step 2.
by blakep76
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Kunming: Chinese visa extension reports
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

Re: Kunming: Chinese visa extension reports

Positive reports of tourists successfully signing on for Alipay's "tourpass" in the past few days here.... Tripadvisor Shanghai expats FB page Alipay's FB page Wechat wallet supposedly already works too.... Instructions here , but haven't heard any first hand reports about that one yet. As far as th...
by blakep76
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Kunming: Chinese visa extension reports
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

Re: Kunming : Visa extension reports

In the past it was quite easy for foreigners with tourist visas to open bank accounts in China. A couple of hours of paper-shuffling at the bank and you'd walk out with a working debit card. But this has become quite difficult recently, and it might take a lot of legwork to find a willing bank. Non...
by blakep76
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan E-visa Q&A
Replies: 197
Views: 73201

Re: Tajikistan E-visa Q&A

Not sure if this thread is helpful....

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11432&p=33931&hilit=Overstay#p33931

You're not alone for what it's worth. Seems like a lot of people got hit with it.
by blakep76
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: China travel sharing
Topic: Crossing China from Mongolia to Laos or Vietnam in 2020 and from Nepal to Kirgisistan in 2021
Replies: 9
Views: 3060

Re: Crossing China from Mongolia to Laos or Vietnam in 2020 and from Nepal to Kirgisistan in 2021

Yeah fair call..... I did some reading and does seem to be possible, but will need a Tibetan based travel company to arrange all necessary permits, plus guide, plus if you are really unlucky on application an additional escort vehicle. Gonna be big $$$... Seems like an amazing trip though.
by blakep76
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: China travel sharing
Topic: Crossing China from Mongolia to Laos or Vietnam in 2020 and from Nepal to Kirgisistan in 2021
Replies: 9
Views: 3060

Re: Crossing China from Mongolia to Laos or Vietnam in 2020 and from Nepal to Kirgisistan in 2021

I'd be highly surprised if you are allowed to cross from Nepal into Tibet in your own campervan. Generally you'll only be issued with a travel permit into the province upon signing onto a tour with a guide who will remain with you for the duration. The rules for entry into Tibet by foreigners are ve...