Visa: 45 days Evisa or 30 days visa in the Embassy, 50$
GBOA Permit: 20$
24$ Import tax for the car 15 Days, we extended for another 15 days in Khoroug, 15$
7$ Tax for some “disinfection”
Internet is quiet bad and expensive, you can text, but it will be quiet stressful to work online anywhere east of Kulab. Around 10$ for 3GB
Diesel in the Pamir 1$, in the west around 0,80 Cents, LPG is available outside of the mountains.
Currency is TJS (Tajik Somoni), 1€ = 10,58 TJS; USD is widely accepted, 1USD = 9,44 TJS
split Tajikistan more or less in three parts, the West with the
Capital Dushanbe, the North with the City Khujand which is cut off
from the rest of the country through the Fan Mountains and the East,
Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Region (GBOA). GBOA covers almost half of
the country, but only around 200 000 People (Tajikistan has around
9,3 Millions) are living in this complete crazy mountainous Terrain.
Because we don´t have the
carnet de passage, the only
way out of Armenia is going back to Georgia.
left Armenia earlier, because she had to go to Turkey for a few days.
So I was alone decided I want to drive from Yerewan to Ninotsminda
crossing the border in Bavra (the border crossing on the left).
The first thing we do every morning is boiling water for our coffee. We use the gas stove for it.
One of the advantages to
have a mobile home is the already installed gas system. It is
connected to the fridge, gas stove, heater and warm water depot (yes,
that is correct we can have a warm shower 🙂 ). We have space to
storage two 11kg gas bottles.
In wintertime when we used the heater everyday for 12-15 hours (temperature dropped to -8°C) a bottle lasted around 5 days. Now in spring time we use the heater every now and then, one bottle is enough for around 2 weeks. In summer time is around 4 weeks or even more.
Here are some interesting facts for travelling Georgia with a car:
Both, Duygu and me can stay up to 1 year without a Visa in Georgia. But be careful with your car. It is only allowed for 90 days inside. Then you would need to make a visa run with it. Going outside and returning the same day is possible. I guess there would be also a possible to go to the department of transportation. But we haven´t got any information about it.
The Russian Visa seems to
be a headache for many people. It is required to apply from the
country of your registration, it is not possible to apply more then
six month in advance, entry and exit date is fixed.
This conditions are giving
big borders to many travellers, Tbilisi in Georgia is giving a
solution for it.
in the Schengen area, I remembered border crossings in Europe from my
early childhood as something very easygoing and as a child actually
quiet exciting. Well the more you grow up, the more you see.
really don´t like to cross borders. It is also something different
going through a border checkpoint on a airport or crossing by land.
land means you will cross the same way like smugglers. Crossing in a
old and big caravan makes yourself even more suspicions. Therefore we
had a lot of police in our car, checking for drugs, weapons and
humans. Just depending which direction you go.