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I think we need a volunteer to go down there and check it out!
Well, right now you are nearer than anyone else on this thread!

And failing you it's Belka next, by a couple of Km - and she is CIS !
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And failing you it's Belka next, by a couple of Km - and she is CIS !
Belka doesnt qualify ... we need to see a non CIS rider and bike go thru there!
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O.K. Back to you, Motoreiter...........
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er, yes, actually would love to head down that way but my pesky job will probably interfere...
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open again !

As I read in local newspapers in BAKU (and also Turkiye), border is going to open this week.

Better to check officially and in a certain way by Georgia Community befor departure...



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bringing this topic back from the dead.....

i have heard that the borders are going to open at 1/3/2010
is that true?

planing to do a black sea round trip this year and i am searching my option...

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Took the UKRFERRY from POTI to ODESSA in June 2010.
No problem getting the ticket in Poti. Shedule was rather unpredictable.
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Guy,

I'm thinking of taking the same ferry as you did but from Odessa to Poti later this year. I've been to their web site for info but there is one bit of impotant info I have been unable to find, the price for 1 person + motorbike one way! Appreciate if you could let me know how much you paid.
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Black Sea ferries

I took Trabzon - Sochi ferry a few months ago and it was $370 for one person plus bike. No doubt Odessa /Poti one (are you aure this is running?? It wasn't a few months ago) will be the same as they know you've got no choice with Russia /Georgia borders closed and hike up the prices...

Info about our trip is here Black C90

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Border beetween Georgia and Russia

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Belka doesnt qualify ... we need to see a non CIS rider and bike go thru there!

In 6 mounth ago I tried to pass this border with my friends. Unfortunately there was no way to get trough the border for non CIS passport holders. We had a lot of phone calling to the Russian and Georgian embassy via our hungarian-russian ambassador but it was unsuccesfull. We offered money also but didn't work.

After 4 hours of arguing we left the border and drove back to Trabzon.

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Batumi - Sochi

There is a fast hydrofoil passenger service (daily I believe) between Sochi (Russia) and Batumi in Georgia.

The information I was given in Sochi port a few months ago, was that the captain of the hydrofoil DOES take motorbikes on hydrofoil. The customs guys in Sochi could recall about 6 russian bikes at various times using that route.

Only the captain of the hydrofoil can decide IF he will let you and your bike on, and he will take a cash payment of about $200 for his trouble.

You wont be able to book a bike trip online, or even research it .... its unofficial.
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Hi,

I plan for a Black Sea Tour this summer. The hydrofoil between Sochi and Batumi is for CIS citizens only (considering that the land border is open just for CIS nationals) or is it possible also for foreigners to cross like this from Russia to Georgia?

If not, only Sochi - Trabzon ferry remains....

Walter, why didn't you try to go to Georgia also?

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There is a fast hydrofoil passenger service (daily I believe) between Sochi (Russia) and Batumi in Georgia.

The information I was given in Sochi port a few months ago, was that the captain of the hydrofoil DOES take motorbikes on hydrofoil. The customs guys in Sochi could recall about 6 russian bikes at various times using that route.

Only the captain of the hydrofoil can decide IF he will let you and your bike on, and he will take a cash payment of about $200 for his trouble.

You wont be able to book a bike trip online, or even research it .... its unofficial.
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We plan to pass from Georgia to Abhkazia and over to Russian by land end of next July by motorbikes.

Information that we have been able to gather are all saying that you can do this only this direction, not other way around.
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Hi,

I plan for a Black Sea Tour this summer. The hydrofoil between Sochi and Batumi is for CIS citizens only (considering that the land border is open just for CIS nationals) or is it possible also for foreigners to cross like this from Russia to Georgia?

If not, only Sochi - Trabzon ferry remains....

Walter, why didn't you try to go to Georgia also?

Thanks,
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I was short of time mate ... Had to get to southern Turkey ASAP.

I believe its for anyone, as the Port of Sochi is an international border point.

But as I said ... the taking of bikes is "semi-official". 200 EUR direct to the captain plus a bottle of vodka should do it. Which I would add, is about half the price of the Trabzon ferry!
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We plan to pass from Georgia to Abhkazia and over to Russian by land end of next July by motorbikes.
Information that we have been able to gather are all saying that you can do this only this direction, not other way around.
I also read the same here from another hubb member from last year (2010): http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...989#post308062

Do you have any other info? I'm starting to think to try the river Ingur border... If they don't pass me I can try the fast boat or the ferry to Sochi.
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Do you have any other info? I'm starting to think to try the river Ingur border... If they don't pass me I can try the fast boat or the ferry to Sochi.
Look at this page of the Abkhazia Government Website visa and travel | The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Abkhazia

All a bit uncetain -
- visa by phone call ?
- Photos appreciated but not essential ?

Referring to the two final paragraphs, previously I understood Abkhazia did not require any Visa entering via road from RUS but they checked you had a multi entry RUS visa to ensure you could get out.

What is also unclear is if the Ingur River border is now full international or (as I read it was when it reopened) restricted to nationals of those two countrys only - or CIS.

As before, it's a long way for most of us to go to find out and could be a waste of an entry on a RUS double entry visa.
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I have been in contact for both Georgia and Abhkazia officials and also Finnish officials on the area and this is what I have got:
  • From RUS to Abhkazia border is fully open for all, no restrections
  • You will need the permit from Abhkazia to enter, as stated in their site
  • From Georgia to Abhkazia you will not be stopped
  • You cannot enter from Abhkazia to Georgia, if you came from RUS and also if you leave through Abhkazia when coming from Georgia you are banned entering Georgia for 5 years
But of course, we will find this out eventually... will be leaving for this trip in just three weeks...
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