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by seysearles
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajik somoni black market rates
Replies: 21
Views: 11919

Re: Tajik somoni black market rates

lissie45 wrote:I don't think the situation has changed in the last month - see the post above yours
My main concern was the exchange rates. What is the bank rate (which you get when using an atm) v the street exchange rate?
by seysearles
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: pamir roads closed
Replies: 23
Views: 7611

Re: pamir roads closed

I am not clear whether this will prevent us crossing from Dushanbe to Khorough (and then on to the Pamir) on July 21st. Any clarity on that would be greatly appreciated. If it is the case that the road is blocked we are going to have to make major changes to our car rental and itinerary. Any updates...
by seysearles
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajik somoni black market rates
Replies: 21
Views: 11919

Re: Tajik somoni black market rates

Any recent info on this? We are trying to manage our cash in Central Asia and need to decide if it's worth stock piling usd for our time there (and Kyrgyzstan for that matter) or if it's sufficient to withdraw simoni from atms at the bank rate and not get rinsed. Would appreciate people's advice on ...
by seysearles
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Cross-border market in Khorog and Ishkashim
Replies: 16
Views: 11026

Re: Cross-border market in Khorogh

Aleco wrote:I was in Khorog around the second week of August and the afghan market was open. Ishkashim one closed.
Hi Aleco, any idea what day(s) of the week its open? Also do you actually cross into Afghanistan or is it in "no-mans land"?
by seysearles
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Turkmen visa Q&A
Replies: 99
Views: 24693

Re: Turkmen visa Q&A

Hi seysearles, Thanks for the share!. Where did you get this document? From an embassy or a tour operator? If it is a tour operator, it is an LOI and would be something completely new. If it is from an embassy, I will rename this document on the site to 'transit visa authorisation code", to avoid c...
by seysearles
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Turkmen visa Q&A
Replies: 99
Views: 24693

Re: Turkmen visa Q&A

This is what a Turkmen LOI for a transit visa looks like everyone.... I was surprised that after asking us to specify our dates it is quite flexible allowing us to enter the country any time within 1month and with no restrictions on where we enter and exit (despite requesting that info on the forms)...
by seysearles
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Samarkand - Dushanbe (UZ to TJ) self-driving
Replies: 10
Views: 4341

Re: Samarkand - Dushanbe (UZ to TJ)

Yep, arrived to Tursunzoda and continued to Dushanbe which is near. Border is open, it's the main one from Samarkand to Dushanbe, as Panjikent is closed. btw. sleeping options in Denov are very poor, so if possible try to get to Dushanbe. Do you know why Panjikent border crossing is closed and if/w...
by seysearles
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Trains
Topic: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan
Replies: 7
Views: 5293

Re: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

steven wrote:Yes, pre-booking train tickets is possible. Sent you a message, Provodnik.
Hi Steven, we would also like to pre-book a train. Could you please advise. Thanks
by seysearles
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Trains
Topic: Train in Turkmenistan Q&A
Replies: 19
Views: 9150

Re: Train in Turkmenistan

Does anyone know if its easy to show up at the train station and buy tickets for a sleeper cabin?
by seysearles
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Uzbek sum exchange rates
Replies: 105
Views: 56004

Re: Uzbek sum exchange rates

Quick question for planning how much USD to exchange, what can you actually use Uzbek Sum to pay for?

I understand that all hotels now only accept USD. Is this correct? What does that leave for you to be able to take advantage of the black market rates on? trains? restaurants? entrance fees? tours?