|Date of Border Crossing||June 2006|
|Point of Entry||Karadagi (Turkey) from Kassab (Syria)|
|Passport and Visa||Passport has to be valid for at least another 6 months but no visa was required.|
|Insurance||Nobody checked if we had valid insurance, but our European insurance (green card) includes Turkey.|
|Drivers License||Nobody checked if we had valid drivers licenses, but I am sure you are required to have it.|
|Motorcycle papers||Vehicle registration papers (gray card) were needed and checked.|
|How it went||
Very quite border crossing. There was hardly any traffic. Stopped at the Immigration Office. There our passports got stamped. Then we continued to the customs office. Here a "scribe" copied the relevant information of our swiss vehicle registration papers onto a form with 3 copies. These we had to take to the office of an other Customs officer. He entered all the data into the computer, stamped all there copies and handed one of them to us. On the form it said that you need this copy to exit the country and that you are allowed to stay three months.
|Point of Exit||Sarpi border to Georgia|
|How it went||Immigration:
This part was very easy. Go into the immigration office and have the passport stamps.
It looked easy enough. In the customs office they looked over our papers and then sent us to another customs officer in a booth who had a computer.
He entered the data from our bikes into the computer in order to sign us out. Once that was done he handed us a white paper slip.
With that in hand it was back to the customs office , where they stamped the bike out of the passport. Now we were allowed to go up to the gate and leave Turkey.
There was a light complication however: the computer did not like our data, at least not the data from my bike. The officer tried it every possible way he could think off, but the system refused to cooperate. Behind me a the line of inpatient Georgians and Turks also wanting to cross the border kept growing and grumbling. Unimpressed the officer tried and tried. But after an hour he finally gave up and just signed us out by hand.
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