the last applies I think
OK so a very loose thought at the moment… We will be in Greece from October to Christmas. Planning to head into Turkey afterwards. Seems silly to miss out some other countries as they are so close. So have been thinking about the countries in the title.
Came across some hurdles looking at the government travel advice. It appears that:
- In Iran you can only get a Visa if you are sponsored.
– In Azerbaijan you need to have a left-hand drive vehicle. Ours is right hand drive.
Has anyone been?
How did you get around these obstacles?
Or are we mad????
the last applies I think
Fed up with the Whingers and Moaners. PMs Turned Off. Sayonara
Have a look at a website called “Horizons Unlimited”. Not specifically for motorhomers but there is lots of information about travel worldwide. Lots of interesting blogs from motorcyclists who have done really long distance journeys and the problems encountered on route.
Saxonburg beat me to it Horizons unlimited or Advrider are sites geared to motorcycles but plenty of up to date info on all the countries and users personal experiences
As an avid follower I would make the following observations
Iran visas are granted for 72 hours access to enter and exit in other words a transitional passage. By all accounts the government policy might not seem that friendly but the people very welcoming and courteous to their visitors
BOrder crossings can take an eon with red tape checking
From a practical standpoint fuel quality seems a universal issue , SO additional filters sometimes seem a wise investment. You buy insurance at the border and often use a handler plenty of recommendations there unscrupulous characters involved
Lastly you need a personal chef for such a trip, I know a lad in West Yorks that can help
Finally a breath of fresh air putting the wild back in wildcamping
Thank you for this. Have just read it. Has fired me with even more enthusiasm. I’m sure when I start planning properly I will have more questions. Some of the initial ones are
- availability of ATMs. Or did you take cash if so which currency
- sounds like it was a relatively last minute decision to go. I know visas are not needed for either Georgia or Armenia, but what about vehicle insurance? Is this what you did on the border?
- How easy was it to find water and diesel?
I’ve just downloaded the open source map maps.me for Georgia and this looks quite comprehensive. Presume it will be the same for Armenia.
Thanks so much.
Last edited by Clunegapyears; 12-06-2019 at 06:09.
Just looked at horizonsunlimited. There is limited information on Georgia and Armenia. And few points on an interactive map, some accessible only by four-wheel-drive or bike. Some of the entry information dates back to 2004.
Will spend a bit more time on it later to see if I missed info.
Thanks for tip though ... useful for other countries.
Fantastic, adventurous! You'd have to be careful to avoid some of the more unstable parts of the region in Chechnya, Dagestan and North Ossettia.
Russia travel advice - GOV.UK
I've been following the Vlog of a Dutch bloke who has been travelling around the 'stans in an old Russian van, he's in Pakistan at the moment. Lots of detail in his videos in terms of visas and practical issues:
I had no problems finding ATMs 4 years ago in Russia, even in small towns out in the sticks there is usually at ATM at a petrol station or inside the local shop - look for signs for a 6AHKOMAT (bankomat). You do become increasingly adept at translating cyrillic lettering into Roman.
Iran looks like a real gem. I met a young Swiss couple in Turkey who were going east, intent on looping around the Caspian Sea before heading back to Europe. In a VW T2.5.
Hope you manage to make the trip happen, will be following with interest!
What a great trip.
Short notice, it's the Horizons board meet this coming weekend. Well worth going to, last one I was at there was a few companies organising 4x4 own vehicle trips over that way. Usually offer a lot even if you have no intention of going on their trip.
Would have gone to HUBB meet, but going to Germany this weekend.
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