Korday border crossing reports (Almaty-Bishkek)

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Re: Korday border Kazakhstan

Postby Romed » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:45 am

Thanks for the accurate advice, the whole trip was almost too easy.

We took a Yandex taxi from Bishkek to Korday, it was less than 500 KGS for the car. Exchanged money before the crossing after comparing of rates, the differences where significant.

Kyrgyz checkpoint was no hassle, but on the Kazakh side all hell broke lose. A lot of shoving and pushing to get to the counters, it was closer to a fistfight than a queue. Prepare to take it with humor and fascination, it is crazy.

Immediately after leaving the border area we found someone standing there and announcing "Shu/Tshu", he was the driver of a shared taxi where we paid 2000 KZT per seat. The other passengers paid 400 KGS, which was slightly more and he did not have change in KGS.

The crossing took about half an hour and we left there by 14:00, plenty of time left. Our train to Tashkent left from Shu at 00:01, there was a decent barbecue to the right of the hospital opposite of the train station, and also a okay hotel with hourly rates of 200 KZT per person inside the station.
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Re: Korday border Kazakhstan

Postby steven » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:13 pm

The Korday border will be closed for reconstruction from January 2020 onwards. No end date has been proposed. Everyone will have to detour to nearby Ak-Tilek.

https://economist.kg/2019/12/20/v-yanva ... ka-kordaj/
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Re: Korday border crossing reports (Almaty-Bishkek)

Postby steven » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:23 am

The Korday border remains open for foot passengers. Here's what we got from the border guards:

The PR and Media Relations Department of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic reports that due to the reconstruction from 00:00 a.m. on February 20, 2020, the passage of vehicles and goods at the Akzhol-Road (KR) checkpoint will be suspended - “ Kordai-road ”(RK) on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh state border.

Citizens will be able to cross the state border at this checkpoint on foot without carrying dimensional baggage for commercial purposes and without bulk carry-on luggage. At the same time, construction work will be conducted at the checkpoint.

The Akzhol-road checkpoint will be open from 6 a.m. until 24 h. 00 min. by local time

Update: it's only open for foot passengers from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
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Re: Korday border crossing reports (Almaty-Bishkek)

Postby creativecheif » Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:02 pm

Came on marshuka from Almaty to Bishkek yesterday. No one warned me, the Korday border is now closed for foreigners, they were only allowing Kazakh and Kyrgz citizens through. Got scammed by taxi driver the border patrol gestured over for me to he charged 5000 tenge to drive me to the At-Tilek border. I wasn’t prepared (my fault) so I had to pay... drive took like 15-20 mins. Border crossing was easy only 2 people at counter so took a bit longer. But not too bad.
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