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Indian Visa

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India Border from Pakistan

From Lahore (Pakistan) to Amristan (India).
Cooking time: 3 hours.
Difficulty: 2/5.

Dish introduction

This is a festive dish, full of competition and patriotism. The clash of two countries, with very similar cultures, taste and spices. Big ingredients, massive flags and the duck walking move as main taste.

The Whaga border is all about his evening closing ceremony. Big grandstands, massive flags, and showing off the uniforms. Every single evening since 1959 there has been a competition. In each side of each grandstand, the officers show who is capable of shouting for the longest time, playing the trumpet, looking bigger and lifting the leg high to step in the ground harder… any0way, this is just a show you must not miss, here we are talking about how to cross this border full of pride!

Ingredients

  • Carnet de passage for both countries.
  • Passports.
  • Pakistan Visa not expired
  • Indian Visa.
  • Indian cash to pay the first toll road (65 rupees)
  • No money need to pay anyone in the border. One guy will try to “help” you though ($). You don’t need any help.

Method

-1st step. Exiting Pakistan

  • You will find, on the main road, a barrier. Just to say good morning and have a quic look on your passport. Friendly people, be kind, you are leaving them behind, to go to the competitor country!
  • Then just a quick look with a mirror to make sure you don’t have any Pakistany hanging under your car.
  • Drive 500m, pass one more barrier with friendly passport control, drive another 500m and before entering the main gate of the border, you need to turn left, to go to te customs declaration.
  • The customs declaration is a building were you are gonna have all your stamps done, so take all the papers you have. They do ask quite a lot of information.
  • Probably someone is gonna come to talk to you, just for self-entreteiment. Before the real guy will take you to a little office and fill in your Carnet de Passage information in the big book! Then stamp you Carnet de passage and your passport for the vehicle exit information.
  • At this point a guy might come to you, offer some help you don’t need, and in echange ask you money, or offer you to exchange money on his advantage! Don’t mind him, and tell him you have 0 cash.
  • Once this is done just outside this office and at the end of the hall, you find he immigration desk. A little form to fill, they put your details in the computer sistem. And you get your exit stamp.
  • You are done. Get your car and drive through the hole stadium. Just a quick passport control at the last big gate.

-2nd step. Welcome to India

  • You will have to stop your car in the middle of the stadium. They have to write your details, the car ones and the Carnet de passage, and will give you, in exchange a paper that will allow you to get out of the border! Quite a good deal!
  • Drive for some meters, still on the left side of the road. Little gate with a passport registration. And drive all the way to the big building.
  • If it is not to full you can park the car right in front of the main entrance. A good metal detection check and you are in. The customs will take a picture of you, make you fill a form, and take your details. As well will give you a yellow form that you will have to give to the immigration.
  • In the immigration office, they will fill at the book, your Carnet de passage info. They will ask you the yellow form and make you feel in another form about the Carnet!
  • After a while, all the paperwork is gonna be done and you can produce to the car registration.
  • They seem to be afraid of Pakistan, they are gonna check everything of your car, with dogs, mirrors, and some police officers in your car.
  • If they don’t find anything suspicious you are good to go to this huge and lovely country.


Tips to make this dish a bit more digestible

  • Do not leave Pakistan and enter to Inda without your Carnet de Passage stamped! You can lose all de deposit back in your country or wait for 7 years to get it back!
  • Better try to exchange money in Lahore than in the border.

Pakistan Visa

- We are holding a Spanish passport, so all this info is based on that (UE is mostly the same).
- Applied Visa in Iran (Theran).
- 3 days needed to get the transit visa.

Dish introduction

There are 2 main options to cook this dish;
The first and the most recommended one is to get this visa back home (we give you some tips at the end of the post).
The second one is to get a transit visa in Tehran which allows you to cross Pakistan in 14 days just from Iran.
We will resume the second recipe with the extra taste of entering via China and how to extend this visa in two different ways.

Ingredients

  • Passport with validity of at least 6 months and 2 empty pages.
  • Passport photocopy with every single page with any visa!
  • 1 passport photo size.
  • Letter of no objection, as they do not trust the validity of your passport you have to go to your own embassy in Tehran and ask for a letter of no objection; It’s just a simple paper confirming the validity of your passport from your embassy, it shouldn’t take more than one day.
  • 12$ cash to pay at the bank.
  • An exit visa in your passport of any country that borders Pakistan but Iran (So China or India), remember you are asking for a transit visa, so you need to exit Pakistan, so they ask for this visa. Doesn’t count if you have an E-visa, they ask for a printed visa in your passport.
  • A pen to fill up a form they hand you at the embassy.
Pakistan Embassy location (35°42′48.21″N 51°23′05.85″E).
- Bank location (They will provide it to you). 
- Opening hours; Early morning with no fix schedule. After 14h close. Thursday and Fridays close.

Method

  • Once you get all the ingredients in order, it is a simple dish.
  • Show up at the embassy early morning though you never know when they are gonna attend you.
  • Fill up all the info they give you and hand to them all the ingredients you have.
  • Go to the bank to pay 12$ cash.
  • Wait for 3 days (We hurry them a bit and they made it the same day).
  • There you go! Your transit visa for Pakistan is ready. This means you need to go from one country to another through Pakistan. You cannot go back to the same country you came from on a transit visa.
  • Theoricly this visa just allowed you to cross from Iran, but we manage to do it from China with no problem at all.
  • ONCE IN THE COUNTRY, YOU CAN EASILY EXTEND YOUR VISA;
1ST Option and the most common one it to go to Directorate General Immigration and Passport Headquarter in Islamabad (33º41'11.1"N, 73º02'51.47"E), take a better look at this website.
2n option if the first one for some reason didn't work (like it happened to us due a long bank holiday), is to get an EXIR PERMIT form the Section Visa Officer named Zurghan Shehzad in Ministry of Interior (33º44'02.79"N73º05'39.2E"), it will definitely help if you tell him you love Barcelona, you have lived there or your uncle is from there. He is crazy about Barcelona and thanks to that he decided to help us.

Tips to make this dish a bit more digestible

  • This is our story, it may change fromembassy to embassy, day to day, nationality to nationality… So double check all this info. For this visa, we were using the useful information of Caravanistan.
  • The guy in the embassy is really friendly and willing to help within the legality. The ambassador is also a fan of backpackers. He told us to use this visa to cross from China though it is not allowed. “People from the border wouldn’t know this law,” He said.
  • Try to get in touch with actual travellers in forums and real life. It’s a huge community ready to help. There are lots of forums on the internet.
  • Be there before opening to avoid a queue.
  • You don’t need to go suit up but try to avoid shorts and flip-flops. The first impression might help for any issue you could face.

Some tips to do this visa back home

  • They will probably issue 30 days visa with 1-year validity.
    This means you have to enter the country within 1 year from receiving it. So, you can enter the day before the visa expires, and then still enjoy Pakistan for 30 days and easily extended in Islamabad or Lahore.
  • For this visa you need a LOI (Letter of Invitation), we invite you to contact our friend Nazim from Pakistan. He is the coolest guy ever and will issue free LOI to everyone how asks him.
  • We heard you cannot just send your passport to the embassy, you need to go by yourself, so it could be quite anoying if you are already on the road (Like we where). Then eather you fly back or you try our recipie on Transit visa in Teheran.

Kyrgyzstan Border

From Kara-kul (Tajikistan) to Sary-Tash (Kyrgyzstan).
Cooking time:  From 2 to 4 hours. Depends on the wind, and the way the birds are flying (or maybe the lazyness in the air). 
Difficulty: 3/5

Dish Introduction

Here we would like to recommend a special dish, something for the most adventurous palates, this is the highest office-border in the world. And it require a good amount of understanding and not fall on their game of making you pay for everything. Here we go, the border in between mountains!

Ingredients

  • Passports.
  • Tajik visa printed and stamped.
  • Police papers from the enter of Tajik border.
  • Some dollars or Tajik sommonies or Kyrgyzstan soms.
  • Car documents.
  • No Kyrgyzstan visa needed (for us).
  • Good resistance to shaky road.

Method

-1st Step;  Exiting Tajikistan.

You are at high altitude, water boils at lower temperature, so keep calm and don’t worm to fast. It requires some diplomatic skills to remove all the bones, and focuse one the main ingredients!

  • Well done, if you arrived at this point is because you had drive the M-41 with all the multiples variations. Hope you enjoyed as munch as we did.
  • You are goanna find a close gate all decorated with big and nice goat horns. We stop the car, and even before getting in the border with our car, they already try to get money from us, demanding a paper that we didn’t have, some kind of transit check document. Do not pay anything, we are not sure what was all this about, but nothing serious for sure.
  • Don’t be surprised, the border is very modest, rural, and simple. They are gonna use only pen and paper, and the office is the same place where they eat and watch tv. In this second office, they are gonna write, slowly and accurately all your names and car specifications.
  • After that, a quick, very quick luggage control. Your are good to enter in the border area. Someone is gonna try to stop you and make you pay for a disinfection fee and some kind of paper work. Be determined and say that you go to the Kyrgyzstan border. Actually, keep in mind that you should not pay anything at all in Tajikistan.
  • The road condition inside the border is terrible. A short drive and you arrive at the passport control. Another quick check inside of your vehicle, mostly looking for some cigarettes for themself. A nice stamp on your passport and they take away your visa, out of the country!

No mans-land… is quite strange but you are goanna cross 20km of horrible condition road. Is suppose to be taken care by the Tajiks, but it is a slow cooking road.


-2nd step; Welcome to Kyrgyzstan.

  • Just crossed the metal gate, if there is another vehicle inside you will have to wait.
  • First stop is passport control, we had to wait 15 minutes that someone fixed the computer. At least they have a computer…
  • Passport stamped, picture taken from us, and with a friendly and nice smile, they will send you to the costumes control.
  • Once we got there they claimed not to have light, and say that we have to wait, maybe 2 hours maybe 2 days, is hard to know how much irony they put in their sentence, so we had to park our car in front of a gasoline generator that they are not using. After 1 hour light was back.
  • You will find a guy with a price of entry tax printed on the wall. Motorbike 500COM / car 1200COM / truck and bus 3000COM .There is not much you can do, they will consider your van like a microbús, and you will have to pay the higher price. We manage to lose our fee to 1500COM after big-time discussing. Give it a try.
  • They will give you one year of a permit to freely drive around Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia. We didn’t really understood how did that work, but apparently is like this, ask and maybe they will explain it better to you.
  • Pas the last metal gate.
  • Enjoy the amazing snowy mountains around, the green fields, the sheeps and the new country!

Tips to make this dish a bit more digestible

  • Do some hiking in the sorrownding mountains. Specially before crossing the border. You can enjoy a lot this lonely part of the Pamir, just be careful with the wolves!
  • Don’t pay absolutely nothing in the Tajik part
  • Easy to exchange money at Sary-tash.
  • Be patient! And take time to ride in between borders!

Tajikistan Border

From Samarkand (Uzbekistan) to Panjakent (Tajikistan).
Cooking time; 2 hours. 
Difficulty; 2/5

Dish introduction

This dish is a very important one for all thous fellows that like mountains and adventure. By cooking it, you will be able to enter the amazing world of the Pamir; sand, dust, rock. and lots of fun. This is a mountain dish, simple but with strong flavours, with pure ingredients and ready to calm the hunger for adventure! If this one is possible…

Ingredients

  • Passports.
  • Uzbek visa not expired.
  • Tajik visa printed + GBAO if you want to ride through the Pamir.
  • Car papers.
  • Some dollars in cash
  • Tourist or hotel registration for Uzbekistan.
  • Roll it slowly, the key of any border cooking is the love you put in all the steps.

Method

-1st Step; Exiting Uzbekistan.

  • Easy passports check at the first gate; they separated driver and passenger.
  • Again together customs and passport control. Make sure you have the customs paper they give you at the enter border, and they will demand your hotel registration form. (See our solution at the end of the “recipe”, if you don’t use hotels. For adventurous chefs only). We had to fill in a form as well.
  • Quick luggage control, looking mostly porn, alcohol, weapons. No big issue, just behave as a professional chef. We suppose they can get picky, but with us, they were really friendly showing us all the hidden forbidden things they had.
  • Few more meters and you will have your exit stamp. Ready to leave the county.

-2nd Step; Welcome to Tajikistan and the awesome Pamir world.
Don’t get to excyted, the last steps is were the dish gets the full flavour..

  • Passport and visa control after the gate, nice and fast, they stamp both documents, passport and visa. So even if you had applied online is good that you print it.
  • Then you have to go to the police officers were after they look at your papers car they tell you how much would cost the Road Tax.
  • Different quotes; 10$ for a bike, 25$ for a normal car, 45$ for a bus, and 100$ for a special car.
  • They wanted us to pay 100$!! No **** way! After 2 hours of friendly discussion (really, they were willing to help). They accept to pretend that our van was a bus. So we had to pay 45$ (We heared people could bargain this price, good luck).
  • We had no problem at all at the exit border with this issue, so if you can pretend you are a bike, go ahead ;).
  • Impossible to get a car insurance. Drive carefully they said.

Tips to make this dish a bit more digestible

  • To don’t get too long with all the medicine check, you can have a small first aid box somewhere easy to find with nothing else than some stitches and scissors. Always works for us.
  • Money exchange is only possible at the Uzbek entrance.
  • Don’t say you have much cash, you may have to pay some tax otherwise. .

Tips for adventurous chefs

Grab your best knife and put some hard music on, you are gonna enjoy that one.

In our case, because we did not sleep in hotels, and we didn’t wanted to pay the money the hotels were asking us to do the registration, we found another solution. We knew that in 2018 things were changing, so we asked the touris information of Khiva and with the help of the tourist policie we got a free registration for all the days we told them. But only for the Urgench region, not for all Uzbekistan. We don’t really know what it’s written in the form, but the car is registered as well. At the border they accepted it, even if we only had it for the first 6 days of the 14th we stayed in Uzbekistan. If you want to have the full days of your stay you can try the same with the tourist police of Bukhara and Samarkand. Good luck and go cheap.

Uzbekistan Border

From Dashoguz (Turkmenistan) to Urgench (Uzbekistan) 
Cooking time3 hours
Difficulty; 4/5

Dish introduction

This one is an especial dish, it has a mix of the two eccentric countries, full of little subtlety and special spices we are sure you will enjoy it the most.

Ingredients

  • Passport.
  • Turkmenistan Visa not expired. 
  • Uzbekistan Visa. Be aware is date specific, meaning you cannot enter before the date is written on your visa.
  • Car papers.
  • The GPS gave to you at the entrance of Turkmenistan,
  • The route plan gave to you at the entrance of Turkmenistan.
  • No money needed; You don’t need to pay anything all in either of both sides.
  • A good pinch of patients and good maneers.


Method

-1st Step. Exiting Turkmenistan.

  • Right in the border you may find a huge queue of cars, don’t you worry, so you just have to jump off your car and say the magic word “tourist”(If it’s still not obvious). Then you can skip this queue and probably the next one to park your vehicle in front of the luggage check. (Some advantage to be a tourist after crossing their sandy country).
  • Get out take all your papers, fill in a form they give you. It does exist in English, so you don’t need their help. If someone asks you to pay anything they are cheating. Just don’t pay. Ask other soldier and eventually ask for the superior.
  • Plenty of young soldiers ready to help to take you inside, jumping again a massive queue (just look friendly to all these people it’s been waiting for hours). There they are gonna check your paper of route plan.
  • Out of the main building into a small office, they will ask for your GPS and the paper they gave you with it and the form you just filled up. You can try to get back the money you paid for the GPS, but they insist is not a deposit is a rent. (First time someone forced us to rent something!!!)
  • And then wait they come to check your vehicle… Take it easy, they can make you wait for an hour before checking it.
  • A quick check of the interior and some random questions, we got lucky here, we know from someone they emptied the entire car.
  • You go to the immigration register and is there where you get your passport stamped finally.
  • Last door to pas with a quick passport control, and off you are.

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…2 km of nomans land…

-2nd Step; Welcome to Uzbekistan

  • Right away there is another queue to be jumped with the tourist technique.
  • Before getting in the vehicle, you have to pass by a car registration; so you have to bring your car documents. When the registration is done you can proceed to drive your car through a little swimming pool for some kind of disinfection.
  • Leave the car in the luggage check and go to the passport control. You will get your passport stamp and you have to fill in a form, with the common questions. Then they are gonna fill in a really detail costumes declaration, with all the specific details of your car.
  • Then a proper check with dogs and mirrors of the vehicle, and you are good to go if they don’t find anything illegal (go to Tips).
  • It’s easy and cheap to make a car insurance in Urgench. For 15 days we paid 10000SOM. This is the locations where we made it 41º33’47.23″N, 60º37’17.21″.

Tips to make this dish a bit more digestible

  • Don’t stress if they make pass your car by a 12 cm swimming pool, is to disinfect, whatever you are infected off.
  • Say the world tourist every time you have a massive queue in front of you.
  • Do not pay to any guard, no need. They will try to though.
  • In both borders they are really not in a hurry, so don’t get stress, is gonna take a while!
  • Don’t say you have much cash, you may have to pay some tax otherwise.
  • No drones allowed in this country, so hide them well and always say NO if they ask for. Same rule for parachutes (we were asked for…),
  • Easy to change money at the Uzbek site.
  • Many common painkillers, sleeping drugs and anxiety blockers are illegal in Uzbekistan. Codeine is a common component of many painkillers but is highly illegal in Uzbekistan. Benzodiazepines and sleeping drugs you own are probably also illegal. The full list of substances illegal or restricted is available here.
  • To don’t get too long with all the medicine check, you can have a small first aid box somewhere easy to find with nothing else than some stitches and scissors. Always works for us.

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