Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Is the road, border or area open and accessible to foreigners? Is there danger?
Forum rules
Before asking a border crossing question, make sure you have read the relevant article about the country. Overview page: http://caravanistan.com/border-crossings/

Before submitting a crossing report or question, have a look first to see if a topic already exists. Existing forum topics are linked to from the border crossing pages on the site.

Thank you!
User avatar
steven
Admin
Admin
Posts: 3627
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:32 pm
x 2092
x 257

Re: Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby steven » Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:44 am

Please read and post reports on the Kyzylart – Bor Dobo (Sary Tash-Murghab) border crossing between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan below.

We summarize all info on the Tajikistan border crossings and Kyrgyzstan border crossings pages.
0 x
If you like Caravanistan: we have opened a tip jar! We love you back! :D

matt2matt2002
Posts: 31
Joined: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:11 pm
x 1

Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby matt2matt2002 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:20 am

On exiting Tajikistan a guard in a blue uniform tries to charge you money for bringing your bike out.
Even though it was on top of a jeep.
Stand firm. Say no and walk away.

On entering Kyrgyzstan ALL money notes are checked individually for forgeries.
All notes! Dollars and local.
The notes are held up to the window slowly!
It took 5 of us over an hour to check out.
They didn't search us so any notes hiden in luggage would not be spotted,!

At the end, the guy was very apologetic for holding us up..

I guess there must be a lot of forgeries going about?
So draw cash from banks and check your change carefully.

Matt
0 x

User avatar
steven
Admin
Admin
Posts: 3627
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:32 pm
x 2092
x 257

Re: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan border crossing. Near Sary Tas

Postby steven » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:22 am

Wow, that's a new one, usually the Kyrgyz guys are so easy-going. The bike scam is by now a classic.
0 x
If you like Caravanistan: we have opened a tip jar! We love you back! :D

rollingpotatoes
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:06 am

Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby rollingpotatoes » Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:09 am

We were also asked to show the money but just we just showed him our credit card and he let us go.
0 x

matt2matt2002
Posts: 31
Joined: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:11 pm
x 1

Re: Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby matt2matt2002 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:27 pm

Ha ha.
Credit cards! Nice one.
I think the checking of money was genuine. There have been forged notes in Kyrgyzstan so understand why they domit.
What didn't make sense was the very amateurish way it was done.
Each note held up to the window light.
No UV light machine.

The guy took our word for it when we showed him our money. No bags were checked.
I had other money in other bags.

In the end I kind of felt sorry for the guy doing the checking. He had a job to do but hadn't been given the right training or tools.

The other scam of asking for money for my bike. Or saying a health certificate was needed etc. Was pure badness.
And gives the country a bad name.
Shame on them
0 x

sirfitzroy
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:42 pm

Re: Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby sirfitzroy » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:47 pm

The shared taxi ride from Osh to Murghab should only cost 1500 KGS or maximum 2000 KGS. 50$ is far to much. The guys at Osh Guesthouse try to charge you 50$, but they are trying to rip off everyone (read their reviews on TripAdvisor). Biy Ordo Guesthouse arranges the trip for 2000 KGS, but you can try your luck by going to Alay Baza (listed on LP website, look for shared jeeps to Murghab) and negotiate with the drivers directly.

Border guards take bribes on both sides, but the driver will pay if you are in a shared jeep.
0 x

User avatar
SQRR
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:08 pm
x 5

Re: Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby SQRR » Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:58 am

We just arrived in Korogh from Murgab and we got a lovely story to tell.
If you love to be scamed, the Tajikian border at Bor Dobo is the place to be!

First about the Kirghiz border and the rumors about the environmental tax.
When we arrived, my German friend (team Oskar) with his Nugged (Ford Transit) and I with my Defender (Matatu), the guards were perfectly friendly and correct.
They asked us about our route and if we were in Russia. As we both were, they asked for seeing the temporary car import document.
We both still had them (actually two, as we both were in Mongolia with a Russian double entry visa) and they ask us then further if we paid in Russia the environmental tax.
We both didn't as the Russian customs never asked for it and so the confusion grew by the Kirghiz guards. The officer got into a louder discussion with his boss and then they let us go withouth paying.
As far as my Russian is not letting me down, the boss said that this is not their problem anymore since the Russians didn't charge us the tax.
We are assuming that they not familiar yet with this taxes as Kyrgystan just recently joined the Eurasian Customs Union.

If you were in Russia, do not throw away the custom documents from your car, it will save you from paying the fee!


Now to our beloved friends which are waiting for your money at the Tajikistan border.
There are several buildings whith different purposes, I will get them through step by step so you will be prepared:

1. Immigration
That's the easiest part and it's tempting to let your anti scam guard down after that short formality.
Mind: we DID NOT get an immigration card, they stamped the visa which should have officialy the same effect as the immigration card. This was confirmed by several different police officers and the owner of the Pamir Lodge in Khorog.
We will see what will happen at the border when we leave withouth that card....

2. veterinary department - SCAM: 200 Somoni for two cars
document preview: http://matatu.ch/matatu/external/matatu ... rtment.jpg
The same ridiculous thing like in Mongolia, they do spray your tires with an expensive disinfectant liquid called water.
Team Oskar was first and was asked to pay 200 Somoni, as I turned up the price was suddenly 200 Somoni for both of us.
We were not willing to pay and I talked to him in Russian to get the reason why and a official price document. That guy, not wearing any official clothing, was from the begining very rude and offended me a couple of times, even I was very polite.
Curiosity grew when two germans with a driver/guide and his Landcruiser turned up.
We asked their guide if we really had to pay. He was called immidiatly in by name by that rude guy.
Suprisingly the guide turned up again with that document we need to pay for but there was no price written on the document and their tires were not sprayed at all.
After 45mins we gave in as he did not let us pass and threatened to turn us around to Kyrgyzstan if we do not pay!
Tires were sprayed... no receipt was given... on each document was written from hand that we paid each 200 Somoni...

3. vehicle declaration - OFFICIAL: Defender 25USD, Ford Transit 45 USD - official receipt given
document preview: http://matatu.ch/matatu/external/matatu ... import.jpg
As we knew from and everything was handled correctly we ended up paying 25USD for my defender and 45USD for the Ford Transit.
The Ford has the same length and same weight as the Defender but is a bit higher and looks like a Mashrutka, that is why team Oskar had to pay more. Trying to get the same price did not help, even showing the inside and that this is a camper not a mini bus.

4. Police (or what ever he represented) - SCAM: 28 USD each
document preview: http://matatu.ch/matatu/external/matatu ... ration.jpg
There you will get the "Control Card and Registration of automobil vehichles".
This document is in Tajik, Russian and English but the officer won't let you see it and we will fill it in for you.
He asked us how long we intend to stay in Tajikistan and explained that each day will cost us 4 USD.
But since he is such a nice guy he will not write down for how long and only will charche us for 7 days and if we get stopped and asked we should just tell them we don't know why there is no durration on the paper.
Being a proud boxer with a beautiful nose and knowing some english he was such a smart ass (sorry for my language) that he did not really realise (seriously?) that we were able to read the document and that there is not a mention about any duration or fee...
We hat do pay as he, as well, threatened to turn us arround...
After we were done there, he was such a good friend that he really thought we will give him a lift to Murgab....

5. quarantine - SCAM: 30 Somoni each - fake receipt given
document preview: http://matatu.ch/matatu/external/matatu ... antine.jpg
We thought we were through as another guy turned up from a little house outside(?) the border post.
He said we need that document otherwise we won't be able to leave Tajikistan... he asked for 50 Somoni.
That was the point when I got my temper out and the more agrassive Russian words, we were sick and tired of that border as we were there already around 3 hours.
He charged us 30 Somoni each at the moment and we left.

Please mind, that each person of the border staff who had a look inside our cars tried to get his personal souvenir.
Do not anything laying arround visibly like money, alcohol, sunglasses or anything else they might fancy... what ever that might be....

It was the worst border crossing ever, by far worse than the Armenian one which I thought was not to top.
We did not know if they really can turn us arround, no cellphone reception and talking through possibility, we were easy prey.
Anyhow, we hope at least our shared experience helps some of you through less troubled.

One thought/tactic we had afterwards: Asking for the officers number and name, maybe taking pictures of him, might force them to be correct?
0 x
From Switzerland with a Land Rover Defender to the Caucasus, Russia, central Asia, Iran, Arabian peninsula and further to Africa - www.matatu.ch

User avatar
steven
Admin
Admin
Posts: 3627
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:32 pm
x 2092
x 257

Re: Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby steven » Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:56 am

Thank you! Good luck!
0 x
If you like Caravanistan: we have opened a tip jar! We love you back! :D

bremmo
Posts: 10
Joined: Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:48 am
x 3

Re: Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby bremmo » Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:00 pm

Haha, sounds all too familiar. We crossed this border last week of September and is indeed what you described. Had to pay some money here, some money there, can't even remember how much it was. I was happy I could cross the border without too much delay so really didn't mind paying couple of dollars. All in all it was an interesting experience and I think part of traveling in this part of the world. Imagine being one of those border guards living at 4,200m in bitter cold weather and an extremely crappy shed in which they have to sleep; being nice to tourists is the least of your concern. Our guards however were really friendly and helpful, so at least I got a bit of "service" for my dollars haha.
Oh and our guard needed a ride to Karakol and more or less got into our car before we even could oppose this:D so for one hour we had a guard in our car but he didn't say or do anything and left the car as soon as we entered karakol
0 x

noahakinci
Posts: 25
Joined: Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:09 am
x 1

Re: Sary Tash-Murghab border crossing

Postby noahakinci » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:35 pm

can you walk over this border point from kyrg to tajik?
0 x


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Roads, borders and security updates”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests