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May
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revised Do you need to submit an itinerary to get a Russian visa? And do you have to stick to it?
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answered Do you need to submit an itinerary to get a Russian visa? And do you have to stick to it?
Apr
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comment Will Armenia and Azerbaijan permit a tourist to enter if they have the other country's stamp in their passport?
I can confirm both parts of the response. The first part from my own experience, as I visited both countries in March 2012 on the same passport. For the NKR visa given on a piece of paper, a friend of mind visited it and that's what happened. But you better make sure and ask them to give it on a seperate paper before they glue it in! :)
Apr
12
comment Is it now feasible for an adventurous independent traveller to visit Chechnya?
BTW. Chechnya nowadays is very stable, much more than Dagestan or Ingushetia. It is one of the byproducts of Kadyrov's immense power and totalitarian rule aimed, among others, at wiping out his opponents. There are a lot of local police around, in numbers unseen in neighbouring republics. I think there are no recent reports of bombings or clashes in Chechnya. In conclusion, if someone asked me where to go in North-Eastern Caucasus, I would say that probably Chechnya would be the safest place.
Apr
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comment Is it now feasible for an adventurous independent traveller to visit Chechnya?
Alistair, I think your response fits the picture quite well, thank you for contributing. The citadel indeed is amazing and a bit of a tourist secret :) I especially liked the old Muslim cementary just next to it. They still have to work on trash management though. There are nice waterfalls nearby as well.
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comment Are some parts of Iraq currently possible to visit for the brave, adventurous, and open-minded traveller?
Very good answer, thank you. I hitchhiked through Iraq from Turkey to Iran, crossing near Halebce. Stayed 9 days inside, had great experience in Hewrel (Arbil), Suly, and Halebce (Halabja). Good places to visit :-)
Apr
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revised Are there any problems crossing Kosovo's international borders or having their stamp in your passport?
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revised Are there any problems crossing Kosovo's international borders or having their stamp in your passport?
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Apr
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revised Is it now feasible for an adventurous independent traveller to visit Chechnya?
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Apr
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comment Is it now feasible for an adventurous independent traveller to visit Chechnya?
That's a good question, thank you! The point is that Russian language is something seperate from "Russian occupiers" for the people out there in the Northern Caucasus. Russian is the lingua franca of the region, as many ethnic groups speak very different langauges (probably there are 40+ languages in Northern Caucasus). Even some Ingush or Chechens often speak to each other in Russian, as it is simpler or easier for them. So Russian is a daily norm so don't expect anybody looking surprised (or better angry) when hearing it. People in Ingushetia and Chechnya are happy and open to speak it.
Apr
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answered Are there any problems crossing Kosovo's international borders or having their stamp in your passport?
Apr
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comment Is it possible to visit Abkhazia by land from Georgia?
I was with a friend. They just looked into our passports, asked 2 or 3 very basic questions about our plans so I lied that I had intended to go back to Georgia. That's it. They didn't even wanna see the Abkhazian permission. Took 3 minutes :) On the Abkhazian side it took maybe 10 minutes. Unfortunately, they took the permission so it's best to have 2 copies so that you can have one for later, since in Abkhazia most people think it is impossible to cross the border with Georgia, incl. some policemen.
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answered Is it now feasible for an adventurous independent traveller to visit Chechnya?
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answered Is it possible to visit Abkhazia by land from Georgia?