Zahedan - Quetta border crossing (IR -> PAK)

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Zahedan - Quetta border crossing (IR -> PAK)

Postby steven » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:18 am

Please read and post reports on the Zahedan - Quetta border crossing between Iran and Pakistan below.

This post is for reports on the crossing from Iran to Pakistan. For reports on the crossing from Pakistan to Iran, see the Quetta - Zahedan (Pak -> Iran) border crossing topic.

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Zahedan - Quetta border crossing (IR -> PAK)

Postby SPR11 » Sat Feb 13, 2016 12:14 pm

This is the response I got on another forum concerning this question.

''European travelers cross into Pakistan from Iran almost on daily basis, some of them on their own cars. You might be already knowing that there had been couple of kidnapping incidents in Balochistan, the province you will enter in Pakistan, some years back but nothing such has happened for almost three years now.

You will get police escort in their own van for free right after crossing the border, though they might wait for some other travelers so they could take you guys to Quetta together. It takes close to 10 hours to reach Quetta from Taftan, so its better that you reach the border as early as it opens because if you start late from Taftan, you might have to spend a night in a small town called Dalbandin.

You will have to get an NOC in Quetta to move further which can take up to 3 days if you reach Quetta at the weekend so its better that you enter Pakistan at the start of week so you can get NOC as soon as possible.

They mostly take travelers to Bloomstar Hotel and don't leave them with any other choice. It used to be $15 until two months back but recently people have been charged $25 so there might be an increase but you can try to negotiate. During the escort and your stay in Quetta, police won't allow you to go anywhere without them, in some cases not even to the near by shops.

After you get the NOC, best option is to take a train to wherever you want to go like Karachi, Lahore or Islamabad/Rawalpindi and you will get police escort in the train as well. Most of the travelers say that they did not feel unsafe, rather they felt overprotected with the escort.''

So travelling from Iran straight into Pakistan seems doable, albeit a bit adventurous. We will try this crossing ourselves come May, so will have a first hand report then.
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Iran Pakistan border crossing

Postby SPR11 » Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:19 pm

Hello guys,

We crossed the Iran Pakistan border the other day, starting from Zahedan in Iran. We don't have our own transport, but for overlanders with their own transport the situation is basically the same as for us. There's are more detailed report at http://lostwithpurpose.com/report-cross ... eh-taftan/ but I'll give you the essentials.

    The crossing takes three days, one day to get to the border, where you will sleep, and two days to get to Quetta.
    The first night you will sleep at the Levies station at the border (free), the second night in a hotel in Dalbadin (1000 Rupees).
    Makes sure to bring plenty of water and other supplies for the trip. You will be spending most of your time in the back of a pickup truck in the blazing sun. Also bring some cookies for the Levies.
    You will most likely get a police escort starting in Zahedan, although we've heard reports about people not getting one.
    If you have your own car, try going to the border from Bam. This way you might circumvent the police escort from Zahedan, which seemed useless and time consuming to us.
    There are two checkpoints between Bam and Zahedan, and two between Zahedan and the border.
    Crossing the border itself is a piece of cake. It takes about half an hour, maybe a bit more with your own transport.
    You can change money at the border at crappy rates. They prefer dollar over toman. Make sure to bargain hard but be friendly. Don't change more than $50, maybe a bit more if you need to refuel.
    According to the Levies officer foreigners pass this border about two times a week.
    In Pakistan you will get an escort until you leave Balochistan province.
    The majority of the escort is done by the Levies, who patrol the tribal areas in Balochistan.
    All transport should be free. One of the Levies in Dalbadin might ask you for a "gift". Just smile and refuse.
    The first part of the journey in Pakistan will take about 6-8 hours with three car changes and plenty of checkpoints.
    The second part of the journey will take about twelve hours with as many car changes.
    In Quetta you have one hotel option, the Bloomstar Hotel. A night there is 2,500 Rupees. You are only allowed to leave the hotel under police supervision and the police will come only once a day.
    You need an NOC to leave Quetta. Make sure to arrive before Thursday since the office that issues the NOC is closed in the weekend and closes early on Friday. We recommend crossing the border either on a Monday or a Friday. Pakistan's weekend is Saturday and Sunday, unlike Iran's.
    The NOC is free. It can take between half an hour and three hours to get it.
    Technically you are not allowed to leave the day you get your NOC, but we've heard reports of people that could. Make sure to get your train ticket right after you get your NOC. The people of the hotel can give you more information.
    A police officer will be with you in any train you take until you've left Balochistan.
    Any train you take will take 20+ hours. Stock up on water and supplies.
    Don't use this crossing if you can avoid it. It takes a really long time (we left Zahedan on Monday morning and didn't reach Karachi until Saturday morning), it's extremely tiring and not particularly save. NOT RECOMMENDED!
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Re: Iran Pakistan border crossing

Postby man_without_eye » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:17 pm

Honestly... It really doesn't make to travel into Balochistan. Whole area is more like a war zone, incidents, real security hazard. Bonus is simply that there is nothing interesting in the area so far.

In Quetta is also Serena hotel, that should offer international standard but of course for the price of it in Pakistan.

I can imagine that escort... Bunch of skinny guys, mostly illiterate, each of them with 7 kids and with just one wish, survive until the next day............ But well, I see Levies are newly trained and more something like a paramilitary units.
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Re: Iran Pakistan border crossing

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Re: Iran Pakistan border crossing

Postby Kathi.Ihtak » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:47 pm

Heyaho,

I am planning to cross the iran/pakistan border next week on wednesday morning from zahedan to quetta. I am mainly hitchhiking/going by bus. (I don t have a car or so)

Does anyone have some uptodate news about this border/region? Doing research, i realize things are changing quite fast on this border.
People in iran are continuing telling me not cross the border there, but when asking them, none was there or has any real evidence for danger. Well, some horrorstories to tell.

Will be happy about any shared experience!

Take care and best wishes!
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Re: Iran Pakistan border crossing

Postby janonline » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:56 pm

Hi Kathi,

I plan to cross that border later this year or in Jan 2018 and have also read it's difficult. Only glimmer of hope I have is the announced opening of two more border crossings, one of them way further south in Pishin, here: https://financialtribune.com/articles/e ... tan-border and here: https://timesofislamabad.com/pakistan-i ... 017/02/22/

I admit that I've found no further evidence that those are already open (to non-Iranians/Pakistanis) but if they were they'd allow us to stay away from the border area with Afghanistan and perhaps go directly to Karachi? Ideally without military "protection" :)

Has anyone more info about this?
Take care everyone and safe travel!
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Re: Iran Pakistan border crossing

Postby SPR11 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:35 pm

I think those borders are only open for trade purposes. Under current policy, you always have to go to Quetta anyway, to get a NOC for Balochistan., anyway. So at those borders you'd probably get security, too. But again, I don't think they're open to the public.
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Re: Iran Pakistan border crossing

Postby janonline » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:38 pm

Thanks for the input! A Pakistani embassy official told me today that the Pishin/Mand border crossing is not yet open. Could take 10 days or 2 years before that happens.
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Re: Iran Pakistan border crossing

Postby Kathi.Ihtak » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:37 pm

Heya,
Sooo, i crossed the border in beginning july 2017.

Here some info, that might be useful:

I was arrived at the border on Thursday at 6pm, iranian border police told me, i have to come tomorrow again, at 8am they open, today i cannot cross anymore. Hence, coming on friday at 8am again. there is no possibility to camp there, at least they did not let me. I went back to zahedan and came on friday at 8am again.
Border was alread busy, but as a foreigner, they led me through the queus faster.
At te pakistani side, they made pictures, asked some questions where i want to go, if i know some people in pakistan, etc. however, everything smooth. Then a levies (somethings like the tribal police) picked me up from the entrance gate to pakistan and brought me to their office building. There they explained me, that i can only move on tomorrow morning and i have to stay over there. No chance for arguing or making it work faster. At the office, many other guys from different instituitons and ranks came for interviewing, making picture of my passport and selfies. I was not allowed to leave the office building, when i wanted to go to toilet, which was outside the building, even then an armed levies followed me.
Next morning early at 7am we left with a pickup and two armed levies. Many car and levies/police changes followed. Also, be prepaired for many selfies on the way. I arrived at 1.30pm in dalbandin, there they explained me that i have to stay over there, the levies work only till 2pm and the journey will continue the next day. There was only one hotel where i should stay over, i payed in the end 500 instead of 1000rupees. Slept on the roof, the escort with the kalashnikov always next to me. Again, i was not allowed to go anywhere in dalbandin, but they brought me food and some fruit after i insisted.
The next day we only continued quite late because we waited for a 30 escorted buses coming from iran. It was a pilgrim group of shiis that came back to pakistan. I was not allowed to get on one of the busses, but was staying in the pick up of the levies or the police. Again changing many, many times.
In the evening arrived in quetta, through quetta again different vehicles, my last one was on the back of a motorbike. They brought me to Bloomstar Hotel. again, i was not allowed to leave the hotel. Next morning the police picked me up to bring me to the homeland office to get my noc. Took 4hours to get it, many cups of tea, handshaking with the officers, etc.
Afterwards they escorted me to the busstation, but they denied to give me a bus ticket (i could not get the reason, however, was told later from a guy from the hotel, that one tourist last week had to take and pay for an escorted cab until sukka and from there he was allowed to travel on bus again). i asked the escort for the train station and i got a ticket there for the next morning.
Again in the train two armed escorts accompanied me until sukka.

The whole border crossing was really exhausting for me, especially as it was really hot, some of the escorts were asking for gifts and insisting. However everything worked out safely in the end.
When there is a new border crossing i would def recommend to take the other one.

Maybe the situation in balutchistan is calming down as well. It was pretty tensed as 10days before i arrived, two chinese were kidnapped and killed and therefore there was extra attention for foreigners.

The region and pakistan might quite change in the future as there are huge development programs planned from china and an economic and trade corridor should be built. From khunjerab till taftan and further through iran.

Anyways, it was pretty an experience and many interesting conversations with the levies and police.

Take care, dear travellers and keep the blog updated for news!

All the best, kathi
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