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by Granite2018
Sun May 12, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Chinese Visa in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)
Replies: 42
Views: 14620

Re: Chinese Visa in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)

Successfully applied for a Tourist (L) visa here a few days ago. Cost me 67 USD, same day processing with an EU passport. Arrived at 08:45 and there were about seven people already in the queue, mix of Mongolians and westeners. Take a number from the machine after security and head to the counter wh...
by Granite2018
Sun May 05, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: ATM situation in Uzbekistan
Replies: 52
Views: 15559

Re: Which US$ bill are accepted for foreign exchange?

@Granite2018: all of these ATMs dispensed Som? It's a mix. I found that the yellow cash machines mentioned below rip you off when taking SOM out, charging a 3% commission, compared to 1% when taking dollars. So it worked out better to take dollars and exchange at a bank. If I remember correctly, As...
by Granite2018
Wed May 01, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Mongolian visa in Irkutsk
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Embassy report: Mongolian visa in Irkutsk

Applied for a tourist visa in Irkutsk yesterday and collected it exactly 24 hours later. Express (24 hour) processing is the only option here, when the woman asked for 70 USD, I requested standard processing instead of express and was told that 70 USD and 24 hours was standard. I handed in my passpo...
by Granite2018
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Turkmen visa Q&A
Replies: 99
Views: 24604

Re: Turkmen visa Q&A

Hi everyone, A little question here : I have applied for a turkmen transit visa (no answer yet) which should begin the 10th april. I'm on Iran and I would like to extend my visa. I know I Can change the dates of the turkmen visa, but even if I pick it up after the 10th ? Or even later ? I applied f...
by Granite2018
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: ATM situation in Uzbekistan
Replies: 52
Views: 15559

Re: Which US$ bill are accepted for foreign exchange?

There's no shortage of ATMs in Uzbekistan's bigger cities . I had no trouble finding one in Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Nukus. No problems with Visa, but the only bank that accepted Mastercard while I was there in December 2018 was Asaka Bank.
by Granite2018
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Mongolia
Topic: Any cheap flight options to/from Ulaanbaatar
Replies: 5
Views: 4339

Re: Any cheap flight options to/from Ulaanbaatar

SCAT Airlines operates a twice weekly direct service between Astana (Nursultan) and Ulaanbaatar, but it ain't cheap. Just checked their website and a flight at the start of June will cost you 240 USD.
by Granite2018
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Kazakhstan new visa free rule 2015
Replies: 96
Views: 48307

Re: Kazakhstan new visa free rule 2015

I think this has already been cleared up, but just to confirm, I crossed into Kazakhstan with an EU passport yesterday. No visa required, business as usual.
by Granite2018
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan
Replies: 11
Views: 3418

Re: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

I walked into a mobile phone shop in Almaty yesterday and bought a Beeline simcard and package without even showing my passport. Registration wasn't mentioned.
by Granite2018
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Transit Visa for Belarus in Bishkek
Replies: 2
Views: 679

Re: Transit Visa for Belarus in Bishkek

Hi Pat, not sure if this is still any use to you, but I (EU citizen) applied for my Belarus visa in Bishkek today. Initially they were a bit puzzled and tried to push me towards flying in and out of Minsk (thus getting 30 day visa free). I explained that because of cost, I wanted to cross overland. ...
by Granite2018
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Border crossings reports: Dostyk/Dustlyk (Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan)
Replies: 42
Views: 19658

Re: Dostyk Crossing (Kyrgyzstan into Uzbekistan)

Crossed a few days ago, UZ-->KG. Mashrutka from Andijon to the border was 3,000 SOM, but took a fair while, almost 90 minutes. Uzbek side was a breeze, bags through the Xray and then to the front of the passport queue, which was tiny anyway (very quiet a few days after New Year's Eve). Fairly long q...