|Date of Border Crossing||10.9.2006|
|Point of Entry||
Kegen coming from Kazakhstan
|Passport and Visa||Passport has to be valid for at least another 6 months and you need a visa to enter Kyrgyzstan. See Additional Information on how to get a visa for Kyrgyzstan in Almaty.|
We did not have a valid insurance for Kyrgyzstan. 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||
Kegen is a very small border crossing down a dirt road. They are not very busy here, so the process took less than 15 minutes and was totally straightforward.Immigration:
No paperwork need to be filled out. They checked the passports and put an entry stamp into it.
|Point of Exit||Torugart Pass to China|
|How it went||We had spent the night before the border crossing at a
yurt camp at Tash Rabat. We left there early in the morning at 08:00 am,
to beat the rush. From Tash Rabat it took us one hour to reach the first
checkpoint, which was supposed to open at 09:00 am. There was already
6 vehicles there in front of us, a couple of trucks and some tourist buses.
At the checkpoint our papers were checked and they phoned ahead to let them know that we were coming. Then we were waved through.
From the Check Point it is a very dusty drive, passed a lot of struggling trucks up to the border. It took us about 90 minutes to get to the border at the base of Torugart Pass. Here the line of waiting vehicles was even longer. We passed them all and drove up to the front of the line. The soldiers manning the border asked to see passports and a fax confirming that a guide and a support vehicle form the Chinese was meeting us up at the border.
We did not have such a fax, but I had printed out the e-mail from the traveling agency through which I had organized the guide. After a lot of arguing they finally agreed to accept this and let us into the border area.
At first the Immigration officer refused to sign us out of the country, because we couldn't produce a fax stating that a guide was waiting for us on the Chinese border. More arguing, before he accepted the e-mail as proof and put an exit stamp in our passports.
At the customs office they made us fill out the usual customs paper we had been filling out all over Central Asia.: two for each bike. The information gets copied into a big book, the forms get stamped and we are sent back out to Customs inspection. They weren't really interested and instead sent us on our way.
Getting visa for Kyrgyzstan:
Leaving Kyrgyzstan over Torugart
Pass to China:
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