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by Christian77
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts
Replies: 59
Views: 17503

Re: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts

Some of these posts are missing the point: it's a genocide against local Muslims, not against tourists. You are being managed and funneled along certain paths and into certain areas. And Xinjiang is now entering a phase that is referred to by academics as a "negative peace" (no explosions, shootings...
by Christian77
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Outdoor adventures
Topic: Favorable temperature for camping and dog
Replies: 17
Views: 718

Re: Favorable temperature for camping and dog

That Nukus to Bishkek route in June will be giving you temps in the mid-30s until you pass Osh and start climbing the mountains that separate southern/northern Kyrgyzstan, with a chance at getting near 40.
by Christian77
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings
Replies: 243
Views: 37708

Re: Coronavirus border closures & re-openings

There seems to be some credible news from Tajikistan. The country is easing some of the restrictions, no news about re-opening borders though https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-tajikistan/tajikistan-starts-easing-covid-19-restrictions-idUSKBN23M0WC Here's some critical analysis: ...
by Christian77
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan visa increased to 60 days
Replies: 7
Views: 956

Re: Tajikistan visa increased to 60 days

The GBAO exact entry date in the FAQ section has always been there, and it is always a source of confusion. It should be changed to "the first day on which you can enter, or any day after..." The last time I entered GBAO it was in a car with three people who all had different entry dates.
by Christian77
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan visa increased to 60 days
Replies: 7
Views: 956

Re: Tajikistan visa increased to 60 days

They need to correct the FAQ section. You can enter GBAO on the day specified or any day after that (within the date range). Many people have entered after the date specified, especially cyclists who can't predict their dates exactly. Don't worry about it.
by Christian77
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Cars and motorbikes
Topic: Is Mercedes GL Class reliable to travel to Central Asia?
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Is Mercedes GL Class reliable to travel to Central Asia?

I can't answer question #1, and I highly recommend that you post that question in an automotive forum. There are websites and forums out there with people who can give you very specific and informed answers. For #2 you need to list which countries you will travel through, and which routes. For examp...
by Christian77
Wed May 27, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: information about flying with somonair
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: information about flying with somonair

Also, sending emails in Central Asia is usually waste of time. You need to call their office phone number (and speak in Russian).
by Christian77
Wed May 27, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: information about flying with somonair
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: information about flying with somonair

Somon Air has been doing occasional charter flights from Dushanbe to Frankfurt (expat/diplomat evacuations), to Dubai (to pick up the Tajiks who live there), as well as to an airport in Italy to pick up workers for a large industrial project, but I had assumed all regional flights within Central Asi...
by Christian77
Mon May 11, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tajikistan COVID charity appeals
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: Tajikistan COVID charity appeals

There are things that the AKDN does well with systemic, long-term health development. This is why they have an annual worldwide budget of $1 billion. This is why my government in Canada has given them 100s of millions of taxpayers dollars for development work overseas. But personally, I don't want t...
by Christian77
Fri May 08, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Cars and motorbikes
Topic: Winter drive from Bishkek to Dushanbe
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: Winter drive from Bishkek to Dushanbe

Spring is not necessarily a better time. Between Kulob and Khorogh you will need to worry about rain during the spring. The roads can be washed out or flooded in sections. Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIEb63efM3o In case of a really bad wash-out the road repairs can take 24-48 hours, if ...