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by edblax
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 29
Views: 9296

Re: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

noboy wanted to install spy software on our phones by the way, contrary to what has been told here a lot. Spyware will be installed when entering China from Irkeshtam, not when exiting China. But good to know they don't install it when entering at an internal border. Four of us had the apps install...
by edblax
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Other destinations
Topic: ISTANBUL TO ISLAMABAD
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: ISTANBUL TO ISLAMABAD

Pakistan is generally considered the least safe place on your route. If you can handle that, you should be able to look after yourself just fine in Turkey and Iran (taking local advice where appropriate, of course). It's a fascinating and storied route and the volatile security situation especially ...
by edblax
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: China
Topic: Urumqi hotels that take foreigners
Replies: 8
Views: 1194

Re: Urumqi hotels that take foreigners

This is getting pretty scary. I wonder what the governernment's up to now that it can't even stand a few backpackers in the streets.

As with the Kashgar thread, there were a few places to stay back in May but that all seems to have changed now.
by edblax
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: China
Topic: Hotels in Kashgar that accept foreigners
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Hostel in Kashgar that accepts foreigners?

Old Town was crawling with foreigners last time we were there. Seemed to be just about the only option. Have you tried it?
by edblax
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Russian Transit Visa needed to fly through Moscow or if flight includes Moscow and Belarus?
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Russian Transit Visa needed to fly through Moscow or if flight includes Moscow and Belarus?

Is your flight on one ticket? If so, hopefully you can check bags through. If not, you'll be in trouble unless you can get down to just carry on. Google the 'vodka dodge' for the most comprehensive info you'll find on this question. I'm also curious about what happened with the belarus flights above!
by edblax
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Visa-free transit at SVO on separate tickets
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Visa-free transit at SVO on separate tickets

It worked! But I'm not sure I'd recommend it to others. Here's a quick report. First we called Aeroflot, the conversation went like this: Aeroflot: You will need to get a transit visa Us: But the Russian embassy says you can only get a transit visa if you stay longer than 24 hours, and we only want ...
by edblax
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Visa-free transit at SVO on separate tickets
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Visa-free transit at SVO on separate tickets

Hi folks Have looked far and wide for an answer to this question, but there's a lot of contradictory information online, so we were wondering if someone on here might have a more definitive answer. We had to leave Russia for a family emergency during the World Cup, and as it was cheaper to buy a ret...
by edblax
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Mashkatov border - Uralsk to Samara
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: Mashkatov border - Uralsk to Samara

Completed this trip without any issues. Train (no 49) passed through Russia without any immigration or customs and didn't make any stops in Russia. So quite a useful and hassle free (in our experience) option for anyone taking this route. Train was on time. Bus from uralsk to samara was straightforw...

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