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by hh2sg
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Cancelling flight booking for China visa application: best practices
Replies: 25
Views: 1558

Re: Cancelling flight booking for China visa application: best practices

Hi all On this topic - I’m planning on Moscow/Uzbekistan/Kazakhstan and then into China via Xinjiang, all by rail. So was planning to apply from London for the Chinese visa with cancellable flights London to Beijing, hotel etc. However I’ve now realised I’ve already got my Russian transit visa in m...
by hh2sg
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Chinese visa in Berlin (by post!)
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Embassy report: Chinese visa in Berlin (by post!)

We (German and Singaporean with German residence permit) are long-term travellers and we applied for our Type-L (tourist) Chinese visas while on the road. We applied to the Visa Application Service Centre in Berlin, which stated on their website that they accept applications by post. They also say t...
by hh2sg
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan
Replies: 22
Views: 4068

Re: Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan

We managed to get a TCell simcard in Dushanbe! We went to the TCell shop just northwest of the Opera Ballet, at the junction of Huseynzade Street and Rudaki Avenue. It looks like the main shop - big and has free WiFi. One of the staff (who spoke good English) first said that according to a new law, ...
by hh2sg
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: GBAO permit at Dushanbe OVIR
Replies: 9
Views: 1657

Re: GBAO permit at Dushanbe OVIR

We just got our permits yesterday, still easy! Same procedure as the last two posts :)
by hh2sg
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Outdoor adventures
Topic: Camping gas/fuel in Dushanbe/Tajikistan: Q&A
Replies: 19
Views: 913

Re: Camping gas or fuel in Uzbekistan or Tajikistan

We bought gas canisters in Dushanbe at the Green House Hostel for 45 somoni per 220g canister. We found large 450g canisters in the big sports shop on Rudaki Avenue close to Somoni Avenue, but they finally quoted us 230 somoni (reduced from original quote 300 somoni) which was still completely over ...
by hh2sg
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Farap - Alat (TM - UZ) border crossing updates
Replies: 13
Views: 4133

Re: Farap - Alat (TM - UZ) border crossing updates

We crossed the border on 3 Jun 2019 (with bicycles). On the Farap side, there is a checkpoint about 500m before the main building, where many people were waiting. A soldier asked us to go to the front of the queue, where we had our passports checked, and then he directed us on to the main building. ...
by hh2sg
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Bordercrossing Iran - Turkmenistan a.k.a. Sarakhs - Saraghs
Replies: 15
Views: 5364

Re: Bordercrossing Iran - Turkmenistan a.k.a. Sarakhs - Saraghs

What crossed the border on 30th May 2019. On the Iranian side, a female officer asked us to open all our bags and she thoroughly checked a few of them (we have 12 panniers), and then ignored the rest. She also asked to see our photos, so we clicked through them on our cameras for her to see. Once, s...
by hh2sg
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates
Replies: 43
Views: 15780

Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

We changed with some guys waiting just after the border crossing at Sarahs. We had heard from a local that the rate should be 18.6, so we tried negotiating as much as possible and the highest the money changers would go was 18 Manat to 1 USD.
by hh2sg
Wed May 29, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Need help: Any overlanders driving from Uzbekistan/Tajikistan to Kyrgyzstan?
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Need help: Any overlanders driving from Uzbekistan/Tajikistan to Kyrgyzstan?

We are a Singaporean and German couple currently cycling from Germany to Singapore. We are entering Turkmenistan tomorrow and plan to cycle the usual route through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan (Pamirs), and then through Kyrgyzstan to Bishkek. We've gone through all the things we're carrying on our bicycle...
by hh2sg
Mon May 20, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Tehran
Replies: 119
Views: 45548

Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Tehran

We picked up our visas in Tehran today! Paid $45/person upon collection (on top of the $10/person we paid when we applied). We initially said we will collect in Mashhad, but we called them to check if we could pick it up in Tehran and they said we can pick it up anywhere (in Iran, we assume). The nu...

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