|Date of Border Crossing||20.7.2006|
|Point of Entry||
|Passport and Visa||Passport has to be valid for at least another 6 months and you need a visa to enter Kazakhstan. See Additional Information on how to get a visa for Kazakhstan.|
We did not have a valid insurance for Kazakhstan. Nobody checked or seemed to care.
|Drivers License||Did not get checked, but I am sure that officially you are required to have one.|
|Motorcycle papers||All you need is your 'vehicle passport' (vehicle registration papers).|
|License plates||Own license plates are sufficient.|
|How it went||
We crossed into Kazakhstan twice. Once at the Uzbek border and once at the Russian border near Pavlodar. Of the two the border at Pavlodar was far better organized. At the Uzbek border they did not quite know what to do with us!
|Point of Exit||
|How it went||Immigration
Neither the exit to Russia nor the exit to Kyrgyzstan proved to be a problem.
The only trick is to have the stamped White Visitor Card. They collect this card, stamp your passport and that is it.
The border to Russia up from Semey, more than anything was a test of patience. We had to wait a long time outside the border before we were waved into the Customs checkpoint. There they looked at the bikes and then waved us on to the immigration office.
The border to Kyrgyzstan is down a lonely stretch of dirt road past Kegen. We got the impression that they were glad to see us. It is a very little used border and so very easy going. We got our exit stamp in no time and that was it.
Getting a visa for
There was no same day visa available, but we were able to pick up the visas the next day. The visas cost us 45 US dollars each and they had to be paid in US dollars.
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