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by ET_
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Travel safety in Iraqi Kurdistan?
Replies: 22
Views: 4521

Re: Travel safety in Iraqi Kurdistan?

markwn wrote:Are there any restrictions on nationality? Who is forbidden to enter at all?
Not that I know of, some countries (see link) are visa free while the rest have to get clearance but I don’t know of anyone being forbidden

https://us.gov.krd/en/services/visa-information/
by ET_
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: ATM situation in Uzbekistan
Replies: 52
Views: 13162

Re: ATM situation in Uzbekistan

I can't vouch for this but there is a Mastercard ATM locator website: https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/consumers/get-support/find-nearest-atm.html Hope this helps. From my experience the locator worked was useless, eg the ATMs were where they said but they were unplugged (quite common) or in a few c...
by ET_
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Price to buy whole shared taxi: Dushanbe to Penjikent
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Price to buy whole shared taxi: Dushanbe to Penjikent

I got Rohan’s number off TripAdvisor, he’d be delighted with a call. He will probably take you to the border, however we spent the night in town. If not stand outside the bazaar looking foreign for 5 seconds and somebody will offer you a lift to the border for 10 som pp. We walked to the wrong part ...
by ET_
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Price to buy whole shared taxi: Dushanbe to Penjikent
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Price to buy whole shared taxi: Dushanbe to Penjikent

Was $50 / 500 TJS in September with a bloke named Rohan inc hotel pick up He seemingly doesn’t have whatsapp or telegram so you’ll need to text or call him on 931950008 He called 15 mins before our agreed meeting time and advised that it was in fact his brother who would take us and that he was wait...
by ET_
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Iran
Topic: Iran protests 2019: travel updates
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Re: Iran protests 2019: travel updates

Our rule was ”don’t walk towards smoke”, still saw the aftermath of burnt out buses and banks. Which I took more pictures in hindsight
by ET_
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates
Replies: 56
Views: 25283

Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

FRT15 wrote:Are manats easily used or exchanged for Uzbek or tajik currency in Uzbekistan or Tajikistan?
No. Sure it’s not impossible, but I don’t think you’d find anyone to buy them outside the country besides of other travellers
by ET_
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Iran
Topic: Iran protests 2019: travel updates
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Re: Iran protests 2019: travel updates

We were there for the first week of protests, really it was fine except for the lack of internet and traffic jams
by ET_
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Iran
Topic: Iran has stopped stamping passports
Replies: 8
Views: 2408

Re: Iran has stopped stamping passports

Entered 10 November through Shiraz with eVisa. No question, no stamp, just a smile and a wave.
Got grilled more trying to check in to my QR flight to Shiraz.
by ET_
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: ATM situation in Uzbekistan
Replies: 52
Views: 13162

Re: ATM situation in Uzbekistan

Asaka Bank in Bukhara gave dollars earlier in October, however a branch we tried in Tashkent did not so not sure what the go is.
I started just standing around exchange desks in Tashkent offering foreigners som for their USD. Illegal but effective.
by ET_
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates
Replies: 56
Views: 25283

Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Rate seems to be 17 at the moment (10 Oct) There is some big CIS head of government meeting in town so our hotel (swarming with secret service types and dignitaries) would only offer us the offical rate. The aforementioned ‘iPhone’ shop in the Russian Bazaar was easy to find and efficient, offering ...