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by Christian77
Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports
Replies: 64
Views: 29727

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Here's a fun video report of a crossing from Uzbekistan to Tajikistan. Uploaded just now, but it seems to be from July or August: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX9KhXG ... aMarkarova

Always carry water, cash and toilet paper.
by Christian77
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: PCR test in Tashkent
Replies: 1
Views: 169

PCR test in Tashkent

I needed a PCR test to get on my flight in Tashkent (to a transfer connection in Istanbul). I had a good experience getting a quick test. Summary: "Intermed Innovation" Covid testing facility by the Alay/Oloy bazaar 5-10 minutes walk from Abdulla Qodiriy/Kadiry metro station With no lines, 5-10 minu...
by Christian77
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports
Replies: 64
Views: 29727

Panjakent to Samarkand border crossing

I just arrived in Samarkand from Panjakent, and the crossing went smoothly. Details: Direction: from Tajikistan to Uzbekistan Visa: Canadian passport, 30-day visa-free entry Costs: 100,000 Uzbek Som for 10-20 minute Covid test (throat/mouth swab) on the Uzbek side Time at border: 90 minutes (1 hour ...
by Christian77
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: tash rabat caravanserai - why remote location?
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: tash rabat caravanserai - why remote location?

One reasonable suggestion by an academic is that the new construction in the 15th century (on top of the old Nestorian and then Buddhist monastery) was by the new military authorities in the region, and that it was built as a seasonal shelter for a small military detachment (I suppose good for keepi...
by Christian77
Wed Aug 11, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Flight to and arrival in Tajikistan (visa and Covid procedures)
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Re: Flight to and arrival in Tajikistan (visa and Covid procedures)

This is a forum for travel information. I speak Tajik. So I asked the Tajiks at the Istanbul airport about their PCR tests (they have a great sense of humor, unlike you). I talked to people who work at the airport. And now I provide this information to other travelers, as they likely wouldn't have a...
by Christian77
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Flight to and arrival in Tajikistan (visa and Covid procedures)
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Flight to and arrival in Tajikistan (visa and Covid procedures)

Quick report on the arrival to Tajikistan, with some bureaucratic info that may be helpful: Both in Canada and in Istanbul when I changed planes, employees of Turkish airlines asked to see both my e-visa and my PCR Covid test. However, in the airport in Dushanbe there were plenty of people lined up ...
by Christian77
Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Couchsurfing in Uzbekistan - Experiences? Tips?
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: Couchsurfing in Uzbekistan - Experiences? Tips?

This is a hard no. Stay only with women or families. You should only stay with a man if he has a large number of positive recommendations from solo female travelers. But even then..... I had a to "rescue" a solo female traveler who arranged to stay with a family, but then had the guy attempt to take...
by Christian77
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A
Replies: 111
Views: 14494

Re: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A

Grats Christian! Enjoy your travel :) Thanks! And for those of you applicants from Indian, Pakistan or Arab countries who may be reading this, definitely try for a traditional tourist visa (at an embassy if your country has one) before the evisa attempt. You may have better luck that way, it certai...
by Christian77
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A
Replies: 111
Views: 14494

Re: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A

I just got my visa approved (Canadian passport). This is the timeline, with some relevance for those of you who may get a request for more information or more documents: Submitted and paid July 11th Received request for better quality scan/photo of my passport on July 23rd Approved on July 27th The ...
by Christian77
Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: 4G signal boosting for van in Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: 4G signal boosting for van in Kyrgyzstan

I know nothing about 4G signal boosters, but I do use offline downloaded satellite images on the ground. It's a mix of cached Google satellite maps and one of the maps apps (Caltopo) I used that can save satellite imagery to my phone or computer for offline use (Maxar and weekly Sentinel images). Th...