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Even if Iran's neighbouring countries have good relations with Iran, the question is whether the banking system in the neighbouring countries is liable to the sanctions. Cash withdrawals through ATMs between different banks are handled through interbank networks, many of which exist as standalone networks within a country (as the Wikipedia article linked ...


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While I'm not in Tbilisi myself, my wife and children are at present in Georgia, having been in Tbilisi during the flood and the following week, although they now went to the summer house in the mountains. I have been speaking with them almost daily - so this is almost a first person account. Severe flooding did occur a couple of weeks ago in Tbilisi, ...


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Kars has quite a harsh climate. In November and December the driving conditions are not the best in that area. Moreover, if you don't want to freeze your balls off, think twice before considering options that involve walking, hitchhiking or waiting for buses or taxis in the middle of nowhere. From Kars there is a bus to Hopa, on the shores of the Black ...


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May be it's too late, but here is the result of my research. I haven't found the price for the line Navbul mentioned by the op, but there is another company that connects Varna (Bulgaria) and Batumi/Poti (Georgia) ports: UKRFerry The price for this route is from 120 USD per person (depending on the accomodation chosen) and 350 USD per car.


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I just took the train a first class sleeper from Yerevan to Batumi and enjoyed it. The car was about 1/3 full so it was quite and comfortable. The train trip is a little longer but you can us the internet service as far as either the Georgia country line or Tblishi. It worked very well and customs was a breeze. Just answer a few questions provided your ...


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I am a UK citizen and have visited Russia, Turkey and Georgia recently (only came back from Georgia 2 weeks ago - via Turkey). It is safe to visit Istanbul (apart from the usual risks associated with being a tourist in an unknown city) and it is safe to visit Moscow. If you want to visit both on one trip, I would strongly recommend that you fly between ...


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I have not been able to find any restrictions on the border crossing by foreigners on the Kartsakhi. Actually the most news on the subject I was able to find on Russian and Azeri news sites specifically with respect to the high speed rail project Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (Russian) where Kartsakhi would be the border crossing station for rail traffic on the line. ...


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You can download Garmin Openstreetmap. In the drop-down list, just select Europe -> Georgia (they classifiy Georgia as Europe, even though it's mostly Asia). Note that it does not cover topographic information, so it is not enough for hiking.


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Despite the picture you may get from the media, the area is quite safe. My mother lives in Crimea and I visit her every once in a while. Life didn't change much after the peninsula changed flags. A few things to keep in mind are the laws of Ukraine in Georgia: You will be refused to enter Ukraine by land from Crimea if you don't hold a Ukrainian passport ...


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Travelling from Istanbul to Moscow overland is adventurous at best. For example, there's a big country between the two places called the Ukraine. Assume you take the Asian route, you will almost certainly pass near Kharkiv border and other hot spots along the border of eastern Ukraine. These would include Donetsk and Lugansk. Anywhere near those ...


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According to several sites there is no reason to take a 4x4 to Shatili as there are Marshrutkas running from Tbilisi to Shatili twice a week (Russian). There is also another site in Russian that lists the times as of 2013 for the marshrutkas to Shatili and prices for others so you can guesstimate what this might actually run based on distance and finally ...


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Besides taking the train as @Karlson points out, there are also multiple daily connections by minivan between Yerevan and Tbilisi. I think this took about 7 hours last time I did the journey. Then, from Tbilisi there are trains and busses that can take you to Batumi. I seem to remember there are overnight trains, but a bus is much faster. I don't remember ...


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Sure, it's possible. Firstly, bike rental, either as part of a tour or on your own can be done from companies like Georiders: Georiders offers mountain bike and bicycle tours in and around the Caucasus mountains, custom made tours for individuals and groups and bicycle rental in Tbilisi. As for buying a bike, there are mixed comments online, but ...


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Every traveler is exposed to bacteria strains to which they have no immunity. Some with more noticeable effects than others. Whenever traveling anywhere it is advisable to bring a bismuth medication or what your doctor recommends. I have seen more than one visitor drink only bottled water and still have problems. Specific to Tbilisi: The wine here is not ...


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I would suggest going back to the source Azerbaijan Railways LTD timetable for local trains: There is a daily train from Baku to Tbilisi daily leaving Baku @20:30 local time. There is also an express train from Ganja to Baku leaving every other day (English version is incorrect) @9:00. I can't find information about the stops of the fast train to Tbilisi. ...


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OP's profile has "I work as a developer at Viacom in London." so UK price may be more relevant than USD: If you need to pay for the vaccination privately, you can either visit your GP surgery or a travel clinic. The price for the complete course of three doses ranges from £120 to £170. Same source NHS: The vaccine is usually only recommended ...


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This is not rocket science: It's ample for getting from one end to the other. It's not if you have to use public transport and also want to be a tourist. But, it's easily doable. Long distance bus transport is very good in Turkey.


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I've done this at least twice and there's a new way now since I was last there. Basically there were two border crossings between Turkey and Georgia, but a third one has now opened too. The only problem is how adventurous you are. Because there is only public transport across the major cross on the Black Sea. I've crossed from Georgia to Turkey twice from ...


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I would not dismiss flying entirely. It is not necessarily more expensive than overland travel and you will save a lot of time that you can spend elsewhere. Travel overland from Istanbul to Georgia and then to Armenia. Travel back from Armenia to Tbilissi. Then fly back to Istanbul. For a departure in one week from now (1st of July 2015) the prices for a ...


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If you consider not the shortest route you can look at Rome2Rio there is a multi-hop bus route to Batumi. And if it's not particularly urgent: look at the Kartsakhi crossing answers


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Yes, you will need a visa. Turkey doesn't seem to care about your status in Georgia. Just in case you happen to have a visa from a Schengen country or an OECD country, you can use their e-Visa system which seems to be a quicker way to go about it. India: Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 90 days. ...


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Each country has 3 mobile operators and all of them offer mobile internet (though not all offer 4G). They also all operate on the same frequency meaning you can use the same phone everywhere (make sure your phone is operator unlocked though !) According to their respective Wikipedia pages, coverage seems to be quite good: 98% of populated territory (2010) ...


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The Garmen GPS maps do not show detail in the regions such as Mtskheta where Kazbegi is located. I used and still use the free app maps.me in Mtskheta, Kakheti, Shida Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Imereti, Guria, and Adjara. To get this, you have to first download the app to your iPhone, then the Georgia specific map. It works offline, shows your location, ...


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if it is reasonable to do his I'm afraid we don't know what 'reasonable' means for you. If you want a safe trip but anyway by sea then I'd suggest start from Odessa (or sea ports nearby) and Turkey (at least Turkey's water) as an intermediate point. And usually it is not possible to travel by a military vessel.


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I would suggest not to do this. Here's why? You have two further potential questions (read: problems): first, you will need to prove to the embassy that why you didn't apply while you were in the home country? This is simply because the embassy will require your proof of residence in the country i.e., from where you are applying. This will also include many ...


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First of all, the wine is far safer than the water just because it has no additives. So don't worry about that. A well made wine needs no additives and there was a reason that the ancients thought wine in general was safer. I've been to Georgia five times in four years and get sick with 'it' every time--fever, stomach stuff--but with lesser intensity. The ...



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