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First of all, I'm not recommending visiting Chechnya either. It can be really dangerous. But the real danger is in the other republics in the region, especially Ingushetia. If you're serious in your decision to visit Chechnya - I have "good news" for you - Ramzan Kadyrov (chief of the Republic) is doing his best to attract new tourists to the reconstructed ...


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From Tbilisi to Baku you can go via train #38/37. It goes every day, so there is no problem with that. From Baku you can get to Aktau (Kazakhstan) via ferry. People who used this ferry are saying it has no stable schedule, so you can contact ferry station by phone: (99412) 493-19-63 (99412) 498-10-13 Also you can go to Türkmenbaşy ...


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There is single point to cross border between Georgia and Russia: Verchniy Lars. It is open for the cars since March 1, 2010. Note that you have to get the Georgian and Russian visas to cross the border. You can't cross the Georgian border from South Ossetia or Abkhazia territories! It is criminal in the Georgia, and you can get problems there. Update: ...


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There are special rules for it, the official site has a special page for this. Basically as long as you have an invitation or ticket for the event, you get a visa on arrival.


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There was a triple suicide bombing as recently as August. You can get more travel advice from the various foreign offices of world countries, but they all say pretty much the same thing: This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Safety and Security – Political Situation section (politically motivated demonstrations). The ...


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The situation is very complicated. Georgia says that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Georgian territories, and you can go there from Georgia by this border crossing: to Abkhazia from Zugdidi - my friends from Germany made such trip this year. But they say that they got some local help for the border-crossing, because Abkhazia trying to close the border to ...


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Everything I've been told about Russian visas (and I'm in Russia now) is that you can ONLY apply for a visa from your country of citizenship, OR your country of residency, if the two are different. Which was handy for me as a New Zealander living in the UK. From http://www.visatorussia.com/russianvisa.nsf/FaqNew.html : "If you apply for a visa not in your ...


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Here's some first hand experience (I visited the region a few weeks ago). Visiting Armenia is not a problem for Azerbaijan, nor is it the other way around. What is a problem, is having a visa for Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) in your passport when you want to visit Azerbaijan. Indeed, at best, you will not be let in to Azerbaijan. It is said that NKR has no ...


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According to this blog, you should try to avoid visit both countries with the same passport. If you get two passports (Israel and USA, for example), try to get into one country by one of them, and to other with other passport (as author of the blog did). The main problem is possible visiting of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It is a crime in Azerbaijan (illegal ...


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Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia, Russian Federation Interests Section is issuing the Russian visas in Tbilisi, but not the touristic ones, unfortunately. So you must apply for a visa in Australia.


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I just met a friend yesterday who came back from a journey to Georgia. He wanted also to cross the border to Russia but it wasn't possible. They told him it is only allowed for Russian and Georgian citizens. Don't know if they told him wrong facts, but afaik the border is closed.


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I have an updated answer to this question as of today the 12th of April 2012. A Polish traveller at my hostel in Tbilisi tells me that foreigners from various countries are now being allowed to cross the Georgia/Russia border in both directions at Verchniy Lars. Apparently a Russian law or rule or regulation was recently repealed and there had not been a ...


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Am also struggling to find any info on it. Some hotel costs from the area are observed on a blog of the region. I also love the fact that one of the hotels of the region has the song 'Hotel California' playing on their website...


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As I've said in this answer, you can use Baku as connection point, and use train to travel. There is no such problems on the border between Azerbaijan and Russia, and you wouldn't spend much time on this trip. Another option is to get into the Abkhazia from Georgia (if you can), and use the train to the Moscow. But in this case you'll get problems with ...


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You can also get a visa in Transnistria, which might be an interesting place to visit for you as you seem to be keen on countries with legal definition problems. The Wikipedia article seems not to be totally up-to-date with that information as it says there are only 2 embassies abroad (Russia and Venezuela). Although I must admit that I didn t see it myself ...


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According to this information (this is up to date site), Australia is in list of countries, citizen of which can stay in Georgia from 90 to 360 days. This information also is on official site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (as @hippietrail said already): List of the countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay on the ...


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I turns out the Australian website is out of date or just plain wrong. It turns out that the Georgian government website says just the opposite: List of the countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay on the territory of Georgia for 360 days ... Singapore Australia Monaco ...


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I am not affiliated with Untamed Borders. I am a journalist based in Afghanistan who met one of their groups who were skiing in Afghanistan last winter. One of their guides told me that they also ran trips to the Russian Caucasus. I was searching for further information on Chechnya when I came across this site and thought I'd give some info. I thought I'd ...


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It's illegal (although you CAN get from Georgia to Abkhazia and you CAN get from Abkhazia to Russia, but you'll almost certainly be arrested if you try to re-enter Georgia having entered from Abkhazia from Russia, although from the experience of friends going Georgia-Abkhazia-Georgia is doable and seemingly tacitly approved by both Georgian and Abkhaz ...


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As you can see in this question, the biggest problem is probably that the border is sometimes closed for non-citizens. So you have the problem that it is not always possible to enter Russia from Georgia. As you can see here, there isn't a direct train to Russia anymore. But you could use a coach or the ferry.


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Dörtyol Ticaret Merkezi Misafirhanesi, which apparently means "trade centre guesthouse" had a room with shared bathroom available for 12 Azeri manat as of August last year. That's about 11 euro or $15 USD currently. This comes from somebody calling themself "MoonStarFarAway" on a site called travbuddy.com Apparently the cheapest option according to the ...


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In April 2012 I entered Abkhazia from Zugdidi on EU passport with a printed Abkhazian permission from their Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You just have to e-mail them and you should get it back within few days. There's a bridge over the Ingur river. You have to walk 1km or so between the checkpoints and then you can catch a local bus forward on. I left to ...


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Check the relevant page on most Azeri embassy websites. Here's the one for the embassy in Holland: http://www.azembassy.nl/index.php?options=news&id=13&news_id=178 In short: With an invite (press, say) or ticket (the public), you can get a visa for Azerbaijan upon entering the country through one of the international airports. You can not get a ...


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In April/May 2012 I hitchhiked from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea through all the republics, and then again on the way back. I liked Ingushetia the most where I stayed for a week. The only republic in which I did not really stay was Chechnya, I only hitchhiked through it. I am going back this year, hopefully, with a border-zone permit to visit the ...


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Sorry all links but one is in Russian. As far as I can tell the official stance on the Border crossings between South Ossetia and Georgia is that there is none so officially you can't cross between Georgia and South Ossetia be it in Gori or otherwise. The only way you can officially visit South Ossetia would be if you enter through Russia and you can cross ...



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