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Old 20 Jun 2006
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Question exiting russia

Hello everyone,
Does anyone have any tips on exiting russia? I wil be entering russia from Kazakhstan in 2 weeks. I do not have a Carnet and mabey someone could give a little info of which country would be easy to enter as far as logistics are concerned. ( Lith, Estonia, Ukraine, Lativa?)
Any inside info would be absoutly fantastic.
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recent crossing ok


I recently crossed entering russia from KZ, north of Semey, crossed the border with no problems - you have to stop and buy insurance from a small hut just to the right of the first barrier on the KZ side. No Carnet and was never asked for one

I exited Russia using the M9 into Latvia, rode straight across in a few hours (petrol v. expensive), then across Lithuania into Poland etc. This may take longer as you are presumably on a US passport. Once again I was never asked for a carnet, just the registration document (Tek[nik] Passport)

Good roads, good fuel, can do Russia to Rotterdam in 2 days, or visit the worlds only known bronze statue of Frank Zappa in Vilnius (Lit)
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great ,
Thanks for that. Yes I am on a US passport and as long as no carnet is needed, I have the patience for long border crossings.
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I don't think any of them took that long either, never more than 2 hours.....
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Cool Russia-Estonia

Three years ago I crossed the border Ivangorod-Narva. It took a very long day. Usually it's a bit easier to leave than to enter.

Good luck.
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Last September I exited Russia into Latvia using route M9 and my experience and subsequent route were similar to that described in the post by henryuk. The Russian border crossing was not at all busy with only 3 - 4 other vehicles there at that time (it was a Sunday). If it hadn't been for a problem with my migration card I would have been out of the country in 30 - 45 minutes. The problem was that the last hotel stamp on the migration card was weeks before and the Russian officials wanted some evidence of where I had been during that time. Eventually I satisfied them by giving them some stamped hotel receipts, so be sure to keep those until you are out of Russia.

At the Latvian border checkpoint I was asked for my passport, IDP, and proof of liability (green card) insurance. In total, admission into Latvia took about 20 minutes, including exchanging my Rubles for Euros. I was traveling on a US passport. No carnet was required in Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, or Germany. The crossings into the other countries largely consisted of a scan of my passport and took as little as 5 minutes, except into Germany where my luggage was searched. Crossing between EU countries seems very easy and simple.

I hope this is of some help to you. I have no experience exiting Russia at any other location.

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