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by Robinosaurus!
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy Report: Russian Visa in Dushanbe
Replies: 8
Views: 3014

Re: Embassy report-Russian visa in Tashkent and Dushanbe

TomasS wrote:in Dushanbe you have to arrange online appointment to get inside, website dushanbe.kmid.ru.


Any confirmation on this? Looking for a transit visa, but quoted website doesn't work for me.
by Robinosaurus!
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Korday border Kazakhstan
Replies: 10
Views: 4719

Re: Korday border Kazakhstan

Very easy with a bicycle - On the Kazakh side you can pretend you're a pedestrian to avoid the car queue, then pretend you're a car to avoid the (massive) pedestrian queue. Same on the Kyrgyzstan side.
by Robinosaurus!
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: China
Topic: Electronics at the Chinese border?
Replies: 7
Views: 625

Re: Electronics at the border

Enter China with a clean machine and keep it clean. Encrypt and load everything to cloud storage -- places like Backblaze are not expensive these days -- and don't reload it until you've left China. Consider doing a fresh install of your OS first. Thanks - so (sorry I'm bad at tech stuff), is this ...
by Robinosaurus!
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan E-visa refusals
Replies: 26
Views: 4632

Re: Tajikistan E-visa refusals

I had the issue where the website said payment failed, but I got email confirmation of payment. Visa was approved 4 working days later, no fuss 8-)
by Robinosaurus!
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Caravanistan website works in China?
Replies: 5
Views: 899

Re: Caravanistan website works in China?

For now it works in Xinjiang without VPN, however it may get blocked any day. In chrome you can download pages for offline viewing, worth doing for any info you need essential.
by Robinosaurus!
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: China
Topic: VPNs in Xinjiang
Replies: 9
Views: 791

Re: VPNs in Xinjiang

Cycled Xinjiang couple of weeks ago. I removed my VPN from the phone homescreen and renamed it from "PIA VPN" to just "PIA". Nobody noticed, they only looked through WeChat, emails and pictures (but they do look between 0 and 5 times per day, definitely closer looks at border cro...
by Robinosaurus!
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Cycling
Topic: Dangerous road drivers in kyrgyzstan and kazakhstan?
Replies: 7
Views: 1265

Re: Dangerous road drivers in kyrgyzstan and kazakhstan?

My experience of main roads in Kazakhstan is that drivers expect you to be on the dirt/gravel shoulder, rather than the road. You'll get beeped at (a mixture of warning you they're passing and angry I think) and many close passes. As another user says, if there's oncoming traffic and not enough spac...
by Robinosaurus!
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: China
Topic: Cycling in Xinjiang
Replies: 10
Views: 2309

Re: Cycling in Xinjiang

Takashiken to Urumqi and Khorgas: notes from the last few days: I cycled the 600km from Takashiken to Urumqi in 4 days, you could do it in 3 if you're really going for it. Five or 6 days would be comfortable. I went S320, S228, east on the Z917, South on the G216. The Z917 was full of trucks, but th...
by Robinosaurus!
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: China
Topic: Cycling in Xinjiang
Replies: 10
Views: 2309

Re: Cycling in Xinjiang

I just arrived in Xinjiang today (from Beijing via Ulaanbaatar). Thanks to everyone who went before - great info from everyone. Crossing the border at Takashiken/Bulgan took about 3.5 hours, 1.5 of waiting in nonsense queues on the Mongolian side, and 2 hours of lots of searches and questions on the...

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