Turkey-Georgia Border crossing at Sarp/sarpi
Hi, I'm planning a route around the Black Sea, Google maps doesn't like the border crossing at sarp/Sarpi, it does a 900 mile loop to avoid it. Has anyone used this crossing recently or have knowledge of it?
ta for reading,
The Sarp/ Sarpi border crossing is the primary crossing on the Black Sea
coastal highway between Georgia/ Batumi and Turkey/ Trabzon.
I've only been through it once, several years ago, but there've been no
reports of problems at that border.
Several online sources, including
Transport in Turkey - Lonely Planet Travel Information
Turkey - Wikitravel
say it's the main international crossing, say nothing about problems there.
Several 2011 Turkish newspaper websites indicate only that crossings at
Sarp have been made easier for local Turkish/ Georgian residents (but not
that the border is closed to international travelers).
No idea why Google maps would route around it. A static view on Google maps shows the Sarp border crossing facilities clearly. Strange--MapQuest also routes around it.
The OSM maps are good
have you thought about downloading the (free) OSM maps John?
I've just checked the detail level and it's very high- Sarpi at the bottom
E70 / D010 goes through Sarpi then changes to S2 to Batumi and beyond
I crossed that border in August 2010 (I and my girl are Italian nationals) and we found no problems at all.
You want to know how much time it took? :smartass:
Exiting Turkey: 1 and 1/2 hours.
Entering Georgia: 10 minutes.
Georgian Police officers were very professional and as soon as they saw our motorcycle at the end of the long line of cars, they waved us to the front.
Very fast passport and motorcycle's documents check and 10 minutes later we were out on the road to Batumi after two nice smiling female customs officers greeted us with "Welcome to Georgia" while giving us our passports back.
I've been checking out the OSM stuff, has anyone used this site-
Free worldwide routable Garmin maps from OpenStreetMap
Re my above post John- yes - that is where you request the maps and where the map image came from. All free to use- A great resource.
Wait until the last minute (so to speak- couple of days before you go! ) to request maps as these are constantly being updated .
I passed it 20 days ago. It took only 15 minutes total time for me...
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