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by jacoblab1
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings
Replies: 243
Views: 38860

Re: Coronavirus border closures

I was able to fly into Bishkek last night and entered Kyrgyzstan without any issues. I'm a Canadian citizen and transited through Istanbul, so no contact with any highly infected countries. On arrival in Bishkek, temperatures were checked before disembarking the airplane and then again right before ...
by jacoblab1
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings
Replies: 243
Views: 38860

Re: Coronavirus border closures

Today we tried to cross from Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan without success at the osh/andijan border. We have been in Uzbekistan for 2 weeks, before that Kazakhstan for 1 day, Azerbaijan for 2 weeks. We have not been to any ‘high risk’ places. a few hours at the Kyrgyzstan passport control they told us ...
by jacoblab1
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings
Replies: 243
Views: 38860

Re: Coronavirus border closures

Does anyone have any updates on the current situation around the Caucasus? Was planning to fly into Baku, apply for a Turkmen transit visa, then spend a month or so in Georgia/Armenia while that processes, then transit across the sea to Turkmenistan. Is the ferry to Turkmenistan running these days? ...
by jacoblab1
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: Weather in the mountains in July and August?
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Re: Weather in the mountains in July and August?

I spent two months in Kyrgyzstan last summer and found that there was very little precipitation. I actually didn't use my backpack's rain cover a single time. I didn't make it to the Naryn region, but I wouldn't expect it to be that much different from the rest of the country. I spent a couple of we...
by jacoblab1
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Kazakhstan Corona virus quarantine
Replies: 22
Views: 3729

Re: Kazakhstan Corona virus quarantine

Damn, talk about an overreaction. I'm wondering how they'll even attempt to enforce this.
by jacoblab1
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Afghan visa from Europe
Replies: 1
Views: 307

Re: Afghan visa from Europe

You'll likely only be able to get a visa in Europe if you've got an invitation letter from a tour operator in Afghanistan. However, it's unlikely that any tour company will provide you with an invitation letter unless you travel with them. If something goes wrong when you're alone, they'll be blamed...
by jacoblab1
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Crossing Broghil pass
Replies: 13
Views: 1746

Re: borders during Mujahideen Victory Day.

Agree with Christian. I've been to all of these areas, but wouldn't dare to cross one of these borders illegally. Even if you manage to successfully cross, there are checkpoints everywhere and you will be arrested. Also, the Chinese are now patrolling parts of the Tajik/Afghan border. I'm sure they'...
by jacoblab1
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Khorog to Ishkashim on the Afghan side of the Panj river ?
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Khorog to Ishkashim on the Afghan side of the Panj river ?

When I was in the Wakhan last year, I met a Hong Kong tour group who had used the Shegnan border crossing (the one near Khorog) and then went to Ishkashim. From the sounds of it, it was fairly similar to the Ishkashim crossing. I asked a local I met from Shegnan, and the cost of a seat in a shared c...
by jacoblab1
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: M39 Samarkand Termez
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: M39 Samarkand Termez

I took a shared car from Termez to Samarkand last year, it took about 6-7 hours if I remember correctly. The cost was 130,000 Uzbek som.

It's a pretty smooth ride the entire way - there's one checkpoint before you enter the Termez area, but it's nothing big.
by jacoblab1
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Afghan visa in Islamabad
Replies: 6
Views: 4086

Re: Embassy report: Afghan visa in Islamabad

What about Pakistani nationals? Can they get Afghan visa as easily from Islamabad Embassy as others are getting? When I was at the embassy, I saw a lot of Pakistani nationals applying for visas. Not sure about the difficulty, but some told me that they don't even need to pay a visa fee. But for mor...