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by Granite2018
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Farap - Alat (TM - UZ) border crossing updates
Replies: 14
Views: 7241

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

Crossed in December 2018 TM-->UZ. I couldn't see anyone to share a taxi with at Turkmenabat station and had plenty of Manat left so settled for a 60 Manat taxi. There's a minibus running from the first checkpoint to the main building, where you clear customs and passport control. 1 Manat per person....
by Granite2018
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: Airplane boneyard near Osh airport
Replies: 9
Views: 4626

Re: Airplane boneyard near Osh airport

Slightly off topic, but if you're into Soviet aircraft, there's a fantastic collection at the open air aviation museum right beside IEV airport in Kiev. Well worth a visit.
by Granite2018
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Turkmenistan visa in Baku
Replies: 18
Views: 12980

Re: Embassy report: Turkmenistan visa in Baku

Applied for a five day transit visa here in early November and received my invitation/visa approval letter by email just under three weeks later, as promised. I only brought black and white photocopies with me, which they don't accept (should have read Caravanistan more carefully), and had to make a...
by Granite2018
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates
Replies: 39
Views: 17086

Re: Bajgiran/Ashgabat border updates

Crossed this border in early December 2018, Iran to Turkmenistan. I turned up around 08:15 and it took 30-45 minutes. Exiting Iran took ten minutes, with a bag scan, and passport checks by two separate officers. I'd already collected my Turkmenistan visa beforehand and simply had to pay the 14 USD e...
by Granite2018
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Iran Visa Extension Report from Esfahan
Replies: 15
Views: 5871

Re: Iran Visa Extension Report from Esfahan

Good experience in Isfahan. Turned up at around 10:00, handed my phone in and headed up to the first floor, to see the senior officer in room 19. Filled out a small piece of paper, which he signed, and then headed downstairs. Bit of back and forth between the different windows in the courtyard and t...
by Granite2018
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Iranian visa extension in Tehran
Replies: 30
Views: 12380

Re: Iranian visa extension in Tehran

Bad experience in Tehran last week. Looking back, I set myself up for failure, but it was all a bit bizarre nonetheless. I went in with seven days left on my visa, taking an Iranian girl with me to help translate. Went in and got the photocopies and application folder right beside the men's entrance...
by Granite2018
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Iran-Azerbaijan Border Crossing in Astara
Replies: 29
Views: 19418

Re: Iran-Azerbaijan Border Crossing in Astara

Crossed from Azerbaijan to Iran the second week of November. Got the sleeper train from Baku and then a taxi from Astara train station to the border (five minute drive). An Azerbaijani guy that was waiting with us negotiated with the taxi driver and four Manat was agreed. The taxi driver decided he ...
by Granite2018
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan over New Year - OVIR delays and transport availability?
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Re: Tajikistan over New Year - OVIR delays and transport availability?

Thanks, Steven. Will report back here if I face any issues.
by Granite2018
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan over New Year - OVIR delays and transport availability?
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Tajikistan over New Year - OVIR delays and transport availability?

Hi folks, I'm planning to travel from Uzbekistan to Dushanbe in the week between Christmas and New Year and spend the first two weeks of January in Tajikistan. Around one week of my time in country will be on the Pamir Highway, from Dushanbe to Osh, using public transport. Should I expect any delays...
by Granite2018
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Iranian visa in Baku, Azerbaijan
Replies: 13
Views: 7793

Re: Embassy report: Iranian visa in Baku, Azerbaijan

I turned up with a whole raft of photocopies and passport pictures, but in the end, all the guy was interested in was my passport and authorisation letter/reference number. The cost of a 30 day tourist visa was 50 Euro (Irish passport), not the 75 Euro indicated on the Caravanistan Iran visa page, w...