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Border is correct.

Try to keep smiling when handing 20-50 usd bribe to traffic policemen in Azerbaijan Sure you will see this scene quite often...
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Finding the customs and tickey office in Baku

Hi Guys,

We've just dropped our bikes off in customs down at the port in Baku as our 72 hours are up later this afternoon and we don't get our Turkmen visa til the morning.
A few people have tried to write instructions on how to find the customs area as it's not well signed (ie. it's not signed at all!) so I thought I might try and upload a couple of photos of what you're looking for once you get down to the Bulvar (the promenade on the sea front), those with SatNav 'might' be ok, but then again maybe not, but those of us replying on good old fashioned maps it's a pain in the ass to find. So...

Once you've hit the sea front turn left and head towards Port Baku, you'll ride over a couple of rail lines that will look like they're no longer in use, but they are! If you've crossed these you're really close and you should see the small unmarked entrance on the right

Once you've made the turn (try not to pass it as it's a one way system) follow the alley and on the right you should see the 'ticket office' door on your right with 'kassa' written above it in very faded paint.

The customs area is down at the very end of the alley so whether you're ready to board or just having to leave your vehicle there, here's where you want to be.

Hope that's of help to someone. Just got to pray that the bike's still there in the morning!.....
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Hello you all!

I and my girlfriend have returned back to Italy from Georgia and Armenia some days ago... 10,055 km (about 6300 miles) in about 21 days, our motorcycle life's record!
It was a fantastic trip: the scenery was great, people were super-super-friendly and helpful (especially when we got stuck in the mud at sunset in north-eastern Turkey) and food tasted very good.

We did not make it in entering Azerbaijan at Krasny Most border line: after 1 and 1/2 hours in line, the Azeri officers told us that even though our visas were ok, we could not enter the Country if we did not leave a deposit of USD 1520 refundable at exit.
I told them that the Tourism Office in Baku made me sure that there was no need of a deposit in case we remained in Azerbaijan within the famous 72 hours but they did not care and told us quite rudely that if we wanted to go back to Georgia we were free to do it . And we did it, cause nobody forces us to visit Azerbaiajan.
So, we used the three days we had to spend in Azerbaijan going to Kazbegi in the north on the Georgian Military Road that put us in the middle of stunning sceneries and great experiences.
Armenia was also a nice surprise, with its monasteries set in great landscapes.
Turkey was the same fantastic Country full of fantastic people I visited already way back in 2008.

I also thank Rtwdoug of the HUBB for the wonderful three days we spent together riding in Georgia and Armenia, really a perfect travel mate that I and my girl really hope to meet again.


Georgia and Armenia: a big plus for the sceneries and for the people (FANTASTIC folks), but a big minus for the lack of road signs and for the road conditions (especially in Armenia, but we rode very bad roads also in Georgia and Turkey).
Just to give you an idea, this YouTube - Offroad harley shovelhead in Georgia (the one in Asia) is a video shot by my girlfriend that was riding pillion, showing Doug and us on a Georgian gravel road alongside the border with Azerbaijan, a road that we took by mistake.

Azerbaijan: a big minus for the customs officers (really not a pleasant experience), but the Azeri people we met in line were veeery friendly and kind.

Our Harley has reported some damage due to the road conditions in eastern Turkey, Georgia and Armenia, but took us home with no problems and this is the most important thing.


Georgia and Armenia are two Countries that I suggest to visit, they can offer much to everybody.

I will post a small report and pics as soon as possible.
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We did not make it in entering Azerbaijan at Krasny Most border line: after 1 and 1/2 hours in line, the Azeri officers told us that even though our visas were ok, we could not enter the Country if we did not leave a deposit of USD 1520 refundable at exit...
I told them that the Tourism Office in Baku made me sure that there was no need of a deposit in case we remained in Azerbaijan within the famous 72 hours but they did not care and told us quite rudely that if we wanted to go back to Georgia we were free to do it . And we did it, cause nobody forces us to visit Azerbaiajan.
So, we used the three days we had to spend in Azerbaijan going to Kazbegi in the north on the Georgian Military Road that put us in the middle of stunning sceneries and great experiences.
Good info, thanks.: )I started to gather information for Armenia, Georgia and Azerbajan but as I see Azerbajdjan is not easy to enter. And what about this Georgian Military road? I couldn't find more info about it so far... Do you have some ride report from this adventure?
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Good info, thanks.: )I started to gather information for Armenia, Georgia and Azerbajan but as I see Azerbajdjan is not easy to enter. And what about this Georgian Military road? I couldn't find more info about it so far... Do you have some ride report from this adventure?
Hey, Damon!
Well, I can tell you that the Georgian Military Road was the highlight of our trip.
In order to get it, you must take the connection to "Stepantsminda" on the highway Gori-Tbilisi.

The first km are quite ordinary, but as the road begins to climb on the mountains, the landscape becomes stunning!!
The first thing not to be missed is the Ananuri fortress, set on top of a hill with an outstanding view of the green waters of the below-standing lake.
The road conditions on the entire road from Tbilisi to Kazbegi (the old name of Stepantsminda) are OK, except for a 12.5-km gravel part with potholes (not deep, anyway) that you'll find between Gudauri and Kobi. In Kobi, it becomes asphalted again up to Kazbegi.
I don't know what motorcycle you ride, but I rode the gravel part on my big Harley-Davidson Electra Glide with my girlfriend as pillion and our luggage, so if we made it OK, it means there's no problem for any motorcycle!

I don't know how big is your gas tank: in case, just gas up in Tbilisi, because there's a stretch of about 60 km with NO gas stations (there's a couple of them just before Kazbegi at the end of the Georgian Military Road, but not before for about those 60 km.).

Kazbegi is full of restaurants with own bar, hotels and B&B, also Gudauri has some hotels but no "official" accomodation between the two towns.

When in Kazbegi, don't miss the tour to Tsminda Sameba (fantastic monastry with mount Kazbegi behind) and a visit to a monastry under construction that you'll run across on the gravel road to the Russian border.
The monk that is the boss of the construction works is a wonderful person and speaks a fluent English, he'll lead you to a visit to the monastry to let you see how works proceed. I and my girl had a fantastic half an hour with him, this "guided" tour was a great experience.

In case of emergency, there's small Police stations in Gudauri and Kobi (I don't remember the other villages but for sure there's some).

Just ask if you want to know something more.

Greetz,
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Hi all:

Was wondering if you can get a transit visa in Baku for Azerbaijan? Will be heading west from Turkmenistan via the ferry. Or will I need to get the transit visa from a Consulate before getting on the ferry?

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Steve, you can't get a visa on arrival.
At least not when you arrive by sea (you can at the airport I believe).

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we rode for 2 days thru Azer and had zero problems, FWIW. The only unexpected thing was the 72 hour limit for the bike.

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Can someone explain about this 72 hour limit please ?

What is that exactly ?

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The 72 hour limit to which KP refers was for the importation of the vehicle, even though our passport visas were good for 30 days. The limit for the bikes was determined in a rather arbitrary manner at the Georgia-Azer border. They asked where we were going, we replied that we were heading eventually for Baku to catch the ferry.

So the border official decided that we were not really tourists in Azer, and declared us to be 'in transit'. We, personally, could be in Azerbaijan for 30 days but the motos had to be in the customs lot at the ferry terminal within 72 hours. No amount of talk could change their minds.

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Steve, you can't get a visa on arrival.
At least not when you arrive by sea (you can at the airport I believe).

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That's what I've learnt... No longer at airport either. They also don't do a transit visa anymore.
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