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Border crossings without original docs.?

Just arrived in Kazakhstan from Astrakhan on route to Atyrau. Somewhere between the Russian border and Atyrau, I managed to lose my topbox. Yes, I know I am an idiot! Anyway, it could not be found, so now I am without my original motorcyle documents. I have also lost my Kazakh insurance papers and import document I got on entering Russia. So, is it a problem crossing from Kazakh to Uzbek to Kyrgyzstan etc without the original V5? I will try and sort out the import doc. and insurance tomorrow. A new V5 from the UK will take a while, so if I can get to Uzbek without the original, that would be good. Any advice very welcome.
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Do you have a copy of your bike rego papers? If so, and it is electronic, find a shop and get a double sided colour copy made, I went through all south america with one like that and had it laminated as well.

Maybe you could try and get the russians to fax a copy of the import paper after explaining the problem, but will that cause a problem, hard to know, let me ask my mate Anton in Almaty, Ill ask about the insurance as well, but you may have to fork out for another one, that is the easy part once you get the paperwork sorted.

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Seeing someone tomorrow who may be able to sort out the Russian import and Kazakh insurance docs. Fingers crossed!
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I also lost my International Driving Licence. Do I really need it for the Stans and Southeast Asia? If so, can I get one from outside my home country? I am in Kazakstan and having spent the entire day in various police stations, I can say officialdom is far from helpful here.
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I also lost my International Driving Licence. Do I really need it for the Stans and Southeast Asia? If so, can I get one from outside my home country? I am in Kazakstan and having spent the entire day in various police stations, I can say officialdom is far from helpful here.
I was not asked for it once in Russia or central Asia. Just my Aussie one.
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I have no IDL, well I actually do, two of them from 2010, they are no longer valid, but I have only ever had to show my normal drivers licence.

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I have one but actually think you are better off without one. They make things easier for corrupt cops. The harder your documents are to understand the more likely they will give up.
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Cheers guys; now if only they will let me leave Kazakhstan!
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The Kazaks didn't ask for temp import documents either on the way out or back in from Kyrg. So I kept the Russian docs with me and only officially reexported it from the customs union when I left for Mongolia.

They did ask for rego docs. My Australian ones look like copies as it is (they are just printed on stock paper). So maybe if the border guards don't know what too look for then you might be okay.
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