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Let's say I want to land in Minsk, stay there for a few days, and then leave by train to Vilnius.

Where will my migration card be checked upon emigration?

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The train stops in Gudogaj/Belarus, 10 km pre-border, for 2 minutes. Next stop is Vilnius. Where do you locate "at the border"? – arney Jul 1 '13 at 18:57
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Two trains go from Minsk daily. The first one departs from the Belarusian capital at 7:45 a.m. and returns at 18:10. The second train from Minsk to Vilnius leaves at 18-50, and comes back at 6:05.

What happens, in most border crossings by train is that there's a stop on either side of the border, often at an 'empty' station. Border guards get on the train, and check your paperwork, as well as issuing you with any other paperwork you may need for entry into Lithuania.

Then you carry on to the other side of the border, where a similar process repeats itself.

I would suspect that it's done in Godagai, 10km pre-border, but don't worry - they'll explain it, or just make it happen. Neither country is going to let a train-load of passengers cross the border without checking/issuing paperwork!

Sometimes, as in the case when travelling between Poland and the Ukraine, the rail guage is different, so they do the passport stuff while lifting the train and changing the wheels. It's a very interesting experience.

I haven't done that border crossing, but I've been between Poland and Lithuania, and detailed my experience on my blog, if that's of any assistance.

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Nice! Could you share some imagery of the train lifting by any chance? On which route can we experience that? I only found out about the "Talgo 250" which adapts gauge seamlessly. – arney Jul 3 '13 at 22:12
Found two videos (from top and side) at Przemysl. Did you go Lviv to Krakow? – arney Jul 3 '13 at 22:24
@arney sadly they made us stay on the train, so no photos. That trip was from Rzezow, Poland to Kiev, Ukraine (and back). – Mark Mayo Jul 3 '13 at 23:21

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