Serke-Turkistan (UZ-KZ) border crossing

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Serke-Turkistan (UZ-KZ) border crossing

Postby steven » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:39 am

All questions and reports on the Serke-Turkistan border crossing between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are welcome below.

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Re: Serke-Turkistan (UZ-KZ) border crossing

Postby steven » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:39 am

Via e-mail:

A small note: I just crossed KZ into UZ at a border not listed on Caravanistan. The GPS coordinates are: 41.522825, 69.409500.

I originally arrived at the Zhibek Zholy crossing to find a massive queue, shut gates, no discernable system. I gave up before even starting and went to coordinates listed above as saw on my maps it seemed to have a road running through. Figured I’d try my luck. Anyway, most of the vehicles there were trucks, there were a few Kazakh cars. I drove straight in front of all the trucks and was “inside” the Kazakh part of the terminal within 5 minutes of arriving. All told I emerged into Uzbek 2h30 after getting to the border. I gather from estimates put on your website that this is rather good time comparatively and I thought I would drop you a line. The guards on both side didn’t seem particularly phased by my being a foreigner so I can confirm it is a multilateral crossing that functions well.


For reference, I am driving a British registered right hand drive 4x4. They did want to have a look at my luggage but didn’t seem particularly concerned about my box of toiletries and med kit etc. No questions about what certain pills and liquids were. Very friendly and easy. Also no one asked to look at my photographs or in my phone. Perhaps that is a loosening of policy as read elsewhere they used to go to extreme lengths to find “pornographic” texts on your phone.
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