Driving from Kazakhstan to Mongolia - Russia-Kazakhstan Border Road

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Stillers
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Driving from Kazakhstan to Mongolia - Russia-Kazakhstan Border Road

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Hi, me and two friends are driving from Kazakhstan to Mongolia this year and we were wondering if the below route is available? It is on googlemaps as the Russia-Kazakhstan Border Road.

Is anybody aware of the status of this road?
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Lovetheworld
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Re: Driving from Kazakhstan to Mongolia - Russia-Kazakhstan Border Road

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Hi, it does not really work that way. First of all, those border crossing are not open to tourists, as in, people who are not living the bordering countries them selves. Check out the GREEN markers on this map: https://caravanistan.com/border-crossings/
Secondly, you would already need special border zone permits all over to even reach this parts and get through military checkpoints.
And third, I would think parts of these roads will be so bad that it would be very time consuming or you may need quite a good car.

If you don't have any specific interest in this corner/tip of Kazakhstan, then I would suggest to go to follow the main routes, so via Semey somewhere enter Russia, drive to Barnaul, and go over the main road to Tasjanta / Tsaganuur crossing. (but don't go into Tsaganuur town itself, people try to get money out of tourists or steal things. The rest of Mongolia is okay, Olgii is already much better)
This described road is mostly asphalt, and is actually a nice drive through Altai. You will even see some signs pointing to place of interest in the Russian part of the Altai.
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Re: Driving from Kazakhstan to Mongolia - Russia-Kazakhstan Border Road

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We are beginning our adventure in Parchal, Portugal and eventually hope to arrive in Ulgii for the Eagle Festival. We have found a wealth of information on every place up to Mongolia. This info about avoiding Tsaganuur is very useful because we discussed stopping there. Now we will not. Info in the road conditions was also very useful. Thank you.
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Re: Driving from Kazakhstan to Mongolia - Russia-Kazakhstan Border Road

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Following, interested to see what people think the chances of Kazakhstan and Mongolia opening their land borders to tourist this summer are (summer 2022).
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Re: Driving from Kazakhstan to Mongolia - Russia-Kazakhstan Border Road

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philippoc93 wrote:
Wed Nov 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Following, interested to see what people think the chances of Kazakhstan and Mongolia opening their land borders to tourist this summer are (summer 2022).
Mongolia already did. Kazakhstan? Id say good 90 percent chance. Turkmenistan 3/4 chance.
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Re: Driving from Kazakhstan to Mongolia - Russia-Kazakhstan Border Road

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Thanks Nikopol.

I can't find anywhere where it says the Mongolian Land borders are open? Would you mind sharing if you have a source?
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Nikopol
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Got info from travel agent, tourist visas restarted, vax required.
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