Asia - Central Asia
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Welcome to the Thorn Tree's Central Asia branch.
We hope you find plenty of useful information about travelling to Central Asia here. It is highly recommended that new users check out the Central Asia FAQ thread before posting a new thread as you may find many of the answers you seek there. It also contains helpful information about how to search the forum, advice for how to post your questions, and obsolete information was deleted as recently as July 2008! If you are a returning user or know the 'stans like the back of your hand, please help us keep the FAQ thread up-to-date by adding important information which is absent, or pointing out information which is no longer being represented accurately.
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The countries covered by this FAQ are: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
It also de facto covers Xinjiang (China), Pakistan (being that it is a 'stan), and Northern Iran which are historically and technically part of Central Asia. In addition there are often questions asked here about Mongolia and Russia and occasionally the three Caucasus countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
For Pakistan consider cross posting on the Indian subcontinent branch; for Xinjiang (China) and Mongolia, the North East Asia branch; for Iran, the Middle East branch; and for the others, the Eastern Europe & the Caucasus branch.
Here's some tips to make life easier:
1. Do your homework
The web is filled with basic information on Central Asia. Google is your best friend. Get your basic info first, then you can ask intelligent questions on the Thorn... more »
Since the demise of the old security thread, and the number of frequently asked I thought it might be a good idea to start a new 'Afghan FAQ' thread attempting to cover the most frequently asked questions and provide up to date information in one thread on not only security, but the most frequently asked questions about flights, travelling the Khyber pass and the classic 'is it safe?', since so many gems of information get lost in individual threads.
Hopefully everyone here, both our regulars and recently present tourists and workers will contribute here with areas they know best, experience, and handy tips and we'll try compile a great resource on the amazing country that is Afghanistan.
Can we try and keep politics and personal issues out of this thread too, as much as possible.
Intro: Afghanistan is Awesome. There, you heard it here first folks. It is a truly amazing desti... more »
i will go next week to tashkent so if one to accompany me so that we enroll in a tour compny
Can anyone give me a little help?
I am gong to apply for a 5 day Turkmenistan transit visa (Baku to Turkmenbashi) at their embassy in Brussels and then collect the transit visa at their embassy in Baku.
Does the authorisation/confirmation that the embassy in Brussels will arrange for me mention the 5 days that I filled in on the application form in Brussels or can I get at the embassy in Baku a different 5 day period that would work in better with the ferry/cargo boat departure so avoiding wasting valuable transit days?
Hi! I'm a Russian citizen, i have the Russian international passport but don't have the internal passport. I was born and lived all my life overseas. Will i have a problem if i come to Uzbekistan? My relatives live there. Thanks!
I'm planning to cross the border from Russia to Kazakhstan from Astrakhan but I don't have yet visa to Kazakhstan. Do anyone know if it's possible to apply and get Kazakhstan visa from Astrakhan or citys close by and how long it takes. I have EU-passport.
I really hope someone can help me.
I will be in Tajikistan for 3 weeks in mid August and first week of September. Will be spending a couple of days in Tashkent and then going by land to Bishkek. After that, the rest of the trip will be following the Pamir Highway to Osh and and back to Tashkent. It will probably be quite hot in the capital cities, but will I need warm clothing, ie: a down jacket, for the evenings while in the Pamirs? Thanks in advance for any response.
I need some help, I did not realize you needed a LOI to get a tajik visa at the airport in dushambe.
My flight is on the 30th of june.
can anyone recommend what the best way to get one is?
thank you very much for your help.
Anyone thinking of doing the Osh-Kashgar crossing around 5 July 2013 as it's cheaper for 2 -4 people so it would be helpful to have 2-3 others to join me although I do have a huge case which might be counted as 1 person?
I gather two more people to share a cost for transportation from Naryn (Kyrgyzstan) to Kashgar to (China) untill 21th of June. There are 2 Spanish people.
hiii to all
we are trying to change the rode and skip the entry to china for now
we are israhellis so we have free visa to rusia and mongolia.we want to do -Kazachstan go up from the neerest place to mongolia and cross to rusia and from rusia to mongolia on the clossest part there
DID ANYBODY DID IT????
dose anyone have any ideas how to make it with wich borders to cross or rodes to take???
will be happy to get some ideas
I used to go to Tashkent every summer as a kid, but haven't been there in over 20 years. Besides I always wanted to visit the historic cities, so I finally decided to make the trip. In short, I had a GREAT time. Uzbekistan is a wonderful destination - clean and organized, VERY inexpensive, with fantastic things to see, and most importantly wonderful people. Virtually everyone I have encountered was polite, kind, helpful and friendly.
Here are my photos:
Here is the synopsis. I was going to visit my father in Moscow after the trip, so I flew to DME, went through Russian immigration and on a separate ticket flew to Urgench on Uzbekistan Airlines. Well, the experience on the flight was perhaps the only negative experience in all of my trip. Checking in was horribly disorganized, passengers ignored orders from... more »
I'm planning a trip and I wanted to ask which kind of health insurance, if you had any, you used in Afghanistan.
Most of the insurance companies do not cover war zones, and I don't want to risk of buying just whatever policy, considering it is still a war zone.
Has any of you girls been travelling there by themselves and maybe feel to share a bit of advice? Is there anything especially important to take into consideration or is using your common sense and knowledge of culture enough?
Edited by: LaviniaC
Hello, is it possible to make our GBAO permit in dushanbe? how much time it takes, and where we have to go?
Otherwise we can do it in Brussel with visas, but it seems much more expensive.
Hello, does anybody went to the Turuntaikul lake between Jelondi and Dzhavahangoz?
I would like to know if it's possible to find a inhabitants or sheperds on the way, to sleep at their place, in order not to carry a tent.
If anybody did it, how was it?
Thanks a lot?
I'm planning on traveling along the Pamir highway and have the choice of heading East from Dushanbe to Osh, or doing the reverse. In terms of finding others to share cars with, or maybe hitchhiking (worst case scenario) which direction is more convenient? I assume it would be easier to meet travelers in Dushanbe and Khorog, rather than in Osh.
I am doing this as part of a loop of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, (returning to Kyrgyzstan at the end) so it's basically a question of counter-clockwise, or clockwise. I have been assuming counter-clockwise is better, but am open to thoughts on how to make this as smooth as possible.
Currently in Uzbekistan and loving it. We've been changing money on the black market, but it has just occured to me that we had to fill in a detailed form at customs when we arrived declaring all the currency we were carrying. The customs official stressed the improtance of keeping the form for when we left.
Can anyone help with what will happy when we leave (for Turkmenistan visa permitting)? Will we have to show receipts for where we changed money? Will they want us to account for all the money spent? Would one or two official exhange receipts do?
Thanks for you help.
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