Hojayli - Konye-Urgench border crossing (UZ - TM)

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Re: Hojayli - Konye-Urgench border crossing (UZ - TM)

Postby maglechowicz » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:05 am

The border is open between 09:00 - 18:00. We were t allowed to cross later in the evening and this overstayed our visa.

Overstaying our visa gave us 3 options - a fine of $300 per person (we didn’t have any cash on us) or getting deported into Uzbekistan for free (we’re banned from entering Turkmenistan for a year now).
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Re: Hojayli - Konye-Urgench border crossing (UZ - TM)

Postby Bethany » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:41 pm

Border report for yesterday 4th Aug. Total time 2 h 45 mins.
9am arrived for opening of border. Very quiet and no money changers or transport present.
9.20am The border actually opened at 9.20 at which point there were 4 of us waiting. Went through uzbek customers quickly but had to wait at passport control as no staff present.
9.35 Uzbek passport control open and stamped out
9.40 arrive Turkmen side and proceed through health check (thermometer), fill out customs form and wait for passport control. Quite time consuming queueing u multiple times to show LOI, pay for visa, Get sticker stuck in, explain route to exit point, Get photos and fingers print taken. We were here for 1 hr 45 mins. I would say most other foreigners were 1 HR 15 mins as ours took longer as there were questions over our transit visa cost being higher as British (posted about it in visa thread).
11.25 customs. X ray scanner and bag search. We were only asked if we had any key items (weapons, drugs including tramdol etc) and our bags were given a cursory glance over. However the Japanese tourist who was slightly ahead of us had every single item taken out of his bag and fully searched. So maybe we were lucky.
11.40 were made to take car to exitborder. He wanted to paid some manat but we didn't have any yet so he let us off.
11.45 done!!! There were 4 drivers waiting other side but no money changers etc. We agreed $10 for a driver to take us around Konye Urgench sites and take us to Dashoguz.
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