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Possible escape from visa hell
I'm not sure how Genghis Khan managed to sweep across so much territory, given all the consulates to visit, letters of invitation required, etc ...anyway, I'm in Bishkek. I need to be in Istanbul around June 12th to meet Ozge. Not a huge amount of map to cover, really.

Option 1
  • Wait 7-10 days in Bishkek for Uzbek visa
  • Bus to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Wait 7-10 days for Azeri visa
  • Wait 7-10 days for Turkmen transit visa
  • Overland through Turkmenistan
  • Ferry to Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Overland to Georgia (no visa)
  • Overland to Turkey and Istanbul (no visa)
  • ...and arrive a week or two late.

Option 2
  • Wait 7-10 days in Bishkek for Uzbek visa
  • Bus to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Wait 1-2 days for Kazakh visa
  • See touristy stuff in Uzbekistan
  • Overland to Aktau, Kazahkstan
  • Fly to Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Get visa on arrival at airport ($100)
  • Overland to Georgia (no visa)
  • Overland to Turkey and Istanbul (no visa)
  • ...with time to spare.

(thank you, this guy)

update: except ... flights from Aktau to Baku are supposedly $700 or so. Maybe not.


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