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Russia to Kazakhstan border crossing

If i go to Astrakhan (Russia) and then head on the A340 east towards Atyrau, Atyrau Province, (Kazakhstan) is there a border crossing open to EU (UK) passport holders?

Anyone have any info on this?

My route would be......

North Ossetia to Stavropol to Elista to Astrakhan and if there is a border from Russia to Kazakhstan then to Atyrau in Kazak?
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It was last year when i went, can't see it being any different now.

Buy a few Tenge at the border as none of the fuel stations accepted Roubles, you can then get more at a cash machine in Atrayu.

It was quite a potholed road from the border to Atrayu, but some guys pulled along side while i was and handed me a red bull out their window, best red bull ever.
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We also crossed that border last year. Road on the Russian side is ...lumpy
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If i go to Astrakhan (Russia) and then head on the A340 east towards Atyrau, Atyrau Province, (Kazakhstan) is there a border crossing open to EU (UK) passport holders?

Anyone have any info on this?

My route would be......

North Ossetia to Stavropol to Elista to Astrakhan and if there is a border from Russia to Kazakhstan then to Atyrau in Kazak?
Yes mate thats a major highway border, its fine.

You dont have GPS do you? all the international borders (that are good for westerners) in the region are market on the waypoints file.

Elista / Kalmykia is a funky place ... home to a purely Mongolian tribe living on the European Russian steppe.

There's a nice floating bridge between Astrakhan and the border.

The Russian post is a fair way before the actual border, Kazakhs have built a nice new modern border facility on their side.
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Thanks for the info from you all good to see this route is a option

Yes I am not to keen on using a GPS as a lone rider I much prefer speaking to locals for directions and enjoying there company, also the fun of map reading is a bit of a adventure in its self. My bike is currently in Georgia and since entering Poland I have not used a GPS and when ever I stop to ask for directions I have also been offered to stay at various peoples homes which is making my trip great as I would much rather stay with a local family and enjoy there company then in a hotel/hostal.
Just for me when I stop and pull out my map from the handle bar case with in minutes I have 4-5 locals suggesting the best way and if I get lost I have a compass on my handle bar and just head in the direction I want to go.
So I am back in the UK since Tuesday and just got another 30 day dual Russian visa however I am lucky with my job and this Tuesday I can fly back out to my bike to carry on which would be for another 4 weeks.

Not sure what to do as if I apply for a new Kazakhstan visa it will not be ready until a week Tuesday so I have 2 options?



1- 4 weeks riding
Ride from Georgia to (SO as I want to see this area) for a few days and then up to Russia to all small villages on non motorway routes/maybe track routes following the border of Kazakhstan round to Altai region where I would stay for a while and leave my bike at a small town and fly back from a local airport via Moscow to London and again after 2 weeks come back with a new Russian and Kazak visa to head to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan


2- 3 weeks riding
Just wait in the UK for another week to get my Kazakhstan visa and then head that route as mentioned to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Any advice on this would be great as I have until Monday to decide what to do?

If I stay in Russia I would only like to travel to small villages/towns of the beaten path/offroad as I don’t like cities and large built up areas.
If I choose to get the Kazak visa then it is just basically a race to Bishkek….
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Georgia was pretty cool after i got my rear shock adjusted since it being screwed right down since leaving the UK

Another great quote was
Kato: " Terry i think my front head light is not working as i cant see any thing in the tunnels"

Terry: " It works i think you just need to clean it"
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both options are good. Terry rode with me last year for a week along the Kazakh border from Volgograd to Troitsk on dirt trails and small villages. It was a lot of fun. Altai is twice as far

But at the end of the day, you dont want to miss the mountains of TJ and KG if you can help it.

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Thanks for the info from you all good to see this route is a option

Yes I am not to keen on using a GPS as a lone rider I much prefer speaking to locals for directions and enjoying there company, also the fun of map reading is a bit of a adventure in its self. My bike is currently in Georgia and since entering Poland I have not used a GPS and when ever I stop to ask for directions I have also been offered to stay at various peoples homes which is making my trip great as I would much rather stay with a local family and enjoy there company then in a hotel/hostal.
Just for me when I stop and pull out my map from the handle bar case with in minutes I have 4-5 locals suggesting the best way and if I get lost I have a compass on my handle bar and just head in the direction I want to go.
So I am back in the UK since Tuesday and just got another 30 day dual Russian visa however I am lucky with my job and this Tuesday I can fly back out to my bike to carry on which would be for another 4 weeks.

Not sure what to do as if I apply for a new Kazakhstan visa it will not be ready until a week Tuesday so I have 2 options?



1- 4 weeks riding
Ride from Georgia to (SO as I want to see this area) for a few days and then up to Russia to all small villages on non motorway routes/maybe track routes following the border of Kazakhstan round to Altai region where I would stay for a while and leave my bike at a small town and fly back from a local airport via Moscow to London and again after 2 weeks come back with a new Russian and Kazak visa to head to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan


2- 3 weeks riding
Just wait in the UK for another week to get my Kazakhstan visa and then head that route as mentioned to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Any advice on this would be great as I have until Monday to decide what to do?

If I stay in Russia I would only like to travel to small villages/towns of the beaten path/offroad as I don’t like cities and large built up areas.
If I choose to get the Kazak visa then it is just basically a race to Bishkek….
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We crossed that border in July 2013. Everything went smoothly.
There is some paper-work to fill. Crucially you have to buy car insurance just outside the Kazakhstan border and dont forget to buy some Tenge too.
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For info: The Caravanistan website has a map with all border crossing info on it...
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I know from the Russian borders Caravanistan doesnt seem to have all the borders on there. Not even all the ones open to foreigners. Maybe just the borders that their users have checked out. They dont have all the borders in the stans too ... so its not a comprehensive list, but it does have useful border info.
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