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by esther
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Almaty-Urumqi bus: reports, Q&A
Replies: 22
Views: 7394

Re: Almaty-Urumqi bus: reports, Q&A

We took the Almaty - Urumqi bus on 1 September 2019. Hopefully my report below can help others to plan this cross-border bus trip. You can buy the bus ticket at Sayran Bus Station in Almaty, ticket window no. 3. Price: 16.000 Tenge. You can buy it three days in advance, not earlier. At first I thoug...
by esther
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Cheap accommodation for Turkmenistan: Q&A
Replies: 24
Views: 11185

Re: Cheap accommodation for Turkmenistan: Q&A

Stayed at Kuwwat Hotel in Ashgabat, because it seemed to be the only 'budget' option. We paid 30 US dollars (per night) for a lux room. Was not a luxe room, but a basic room with AC and a private bathroom. It is average, don't expect much. Two people (of the staff) speak English and they were absolu...
by esther
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Tehran
Replies: 123
Views: 55391

Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Tehran

Two Dutch overlanders here, we applied successfully in Tehran for a transit visa. Applied on the 25th of July, picked it up on the 5th of August (in Tehran). When applying we followed the instructions mentioned on this forum, but the only thing we were struggling with was the application form. We tr...
by esther
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Cheap accommodation for Turkmenistan: Q&A
Replies: 24
Views: 11185

Re: Cheap accommodation for Turkmenistan: Q&A

Hi, does anyone know an email address of the Kuwwat hotel?

EDIT: still don't know the email address. We just showed up at the hotel and asked for a double room and prices. It seems like the common practice at this hotel.
by esther
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Report: Tehran, Chinese VIsa
Replies: 86
Views: 34034

Re: Report: Tehran, Chinese VIsa

Success story for two Dutch overlanders! (couple). Tourist visa for 30 days (matching our itinerary), 3 months to enter. We applied on Sunday 21 July and picked it up on Thursday 25 July. Process went smoothly. We handed in our paperwork, the famous lady with the glasses checked it (I am wondering i...
by esther
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Armenia - Iran border crossing (Nordooz - Agarak)
Replies: 31
Views: 16134

Re: Armenia - Iran border crossing (Nordooz - Agarak)

Crossed the Armenia - Iran border on 18 July 2019. We traveled by bus from Yerevan to Tehran. It was not a direct bus, it also made a stop at Tabriz. In Yerevan we walked into a few travel agencies (look for Persian writing) and compared the offers. The cheapest offer was Royal Safar Iranian.12.000 ...
by esther
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Letter of no objection Chinese visa Tehran
Replies: 14
Views: 8091

Re: Letter of no objection Chinese visa Tehran

For Dutch nationals (July 2019) I made an appointment two months before I arrived in Tehran. Dutch Embassy Tehran has an online appointment tool. There is no option to select LONO, so I selected another category (just to get the appointment). I emailed the Embassy about this and it was fine. You hav...

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