Some days ago we asked about bordercrossing with (big) vehicles. Now we would like to share our experience.
Due to all the rumors concerning not only restrictions / rejections for motorbikes but also big vehicles, we decided to try the border crossing Turkey / Iran not at Bagajan/Dogubajazit as planed but a smaller one. We took the Border Razi/ Kapiköy. The route at Turkey site was in excellent condition, also the buildings quite big and modern with a duty free shop in it. There where a lot of dolmus bringing passengers, we didn't see any other vehicle passing the border. We could go directly without waiting to a desk officer. The exit was without any problem, our family get separated: Mother and children had to pass an exit control, which took 10min whereas the driver could pass the turkish border directly, no exit control of the vehicle or luggage. They controlled our passports and also the iranian visa. Than we were handled to the iranian collegues.
The iranian side was much more basic, very small, dusty gravel road, half a dozen of container stalls where all formalities took place. With our truck half of the place was full. Also here mother and children had to wait in the car, father had to go from container to container to do all the formalities.
Then mother and children must go to a "face control", they compared our face with the fotos in the passport. At the end there was a very short (3min) control of the vehicle, they opened some cupboards and the fridge and my husband was asked if we carry whiskey (!?!) in our bottles. We didn't have to pay any fees and they weren't interested at all in insurances. There were 2-3 moneychanger asking us if we want to change but we didnt. At the end they opened a door and let us pass through. Unfortunatly it wasn't foreseen for high vehicles so we killed a cable what wasn't a problem at all (it was already fixed at least once…) .
Our size of engine (5800cc) was never thematisized. Everything went smoothly, no hassle, no problem. We can recommand this border.
The whole procedure took us about 1hour; we saw only one other private car in this time, most of people seem to come by public traffic (dolmus), do the bordercrossing and continue by public traffic / taxi at the other side. The road just after the border was basic but ok, and soon there was a good road even we had to take some deviations because of the flood 2 weeks ago.
At Khoy (next bigger city) we were looking for some change office but this wasn't easy at all, so we asked some police officers who guided us very friendly through the town, waved away (also through megaphone) other vehicles, helped us to get a place to park the truck and then one of them guided my husband through a big bazaar to a change office where we get a really good exchange rate
. After that we were guided through the city by the police, looked for gazstation where we get our diesel.
Hope this helps.