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Anyone knows what is currently border crossing situation between Georgia And Russia?

I am planning for next summer ride through Caucasus and one planned option is to pass from Russia to Georgia. I can read anyway that there has been some border incidents between Georgia and Russia last autumn when border was still open for non-CIS nation citizens.

Currently in Finnish embasy travel advise to area it says that to cross border in Dagestan and that area to Georgia is a hmm border crime in Russia and maxium time in jail is 4 years



If you have some good tips/roads/maps or even place to stay or you live in a route please drop a message. Would love to meet people on the road as that is one of the best thing in travelling.
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Umm well i know border has been open to non-CIS country residents during year 2012 but there has been some serious border incidents in august 2012 (armed group of georgians went to Russian side and killed group what they called as terrorist). A

As Finnish foreign ministery website now advices border is closed i am wondering has situation changed after that and if anyone has actually passed border during winter 2012 or early months 2013.
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We passed through from Georgia late April 2013 and a friend going the other way passed through fine with no incidents. There was a lot of snow in Kazbegi where we got a homestay and overnighted before crossing. The crossing took us 4 hours mostly due to pushy Armenians and Russians but we are driving with 6 wheels not 2

We passed around the Chechen border early in the afternoon and headed for Pyatygorsk (sp?) and then onto Stavropol and Elista following the main road and away form the disputed regions of Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan etc.

Border was fine and everything seemed pretty safe/normal. If you don't feel safe Just keep moving and don't tell locals your itinery is my advice. You can put a lot of KMs down in a few hours and be somewhere you feel better about.

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I would like to cross from Georgia to Russia, anybody has updated info about the Verkhny Lars crossing? is open for everybody?

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Yes i got information from Finnish foreign ministery that it is open for all citizens to pass on both direction. There has been continuosly allso travellers passing it. At least few has been also writing ride reports and stories here (Wesley with DR-Z 400 and he also saw Colebach friend Terry there in Georgia though i dont know which road he used to get into Georgia)
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A cyclist friend just passed the bordergate. And been told that cyclists are not allowed border passing on bicycles so you have to hitchhike with bike..So many friendly Russian and Turkish drivers transfer cyclists there.
No problem for vehicles and no waiting period for bikes..Just go to the front...
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I would like to cross from Georgia to Russia, anybody has updated info about the Verkhny Lars crossing? is open for everybody?

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This pass is only closed due to weather at winter but is currently open now

Easy fast pass no issues take the E117 north of Tbilisi to Kazbek pass, i crossed the other way (Russia to Georgia and real friendly crossing with the guards)

Roads near Tbilisi fine but more North on E117 are loose gravel with pot holes which i love more than boring new roads

If you want you could stay in a near by small village in Georgia just before the crossing as if you just turn up and stop you will be offered home stays and leave early in the morning to cross into Russia

Once in Russia after the border head to the city of Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia–Alania) which you can not miss as it is straight road all the way, there are a few turn offs on your right but they head to Dagstan

Once at Vladikavkaz you pick up the M29 motorway and i take it from there you will head North West right?

The Caucasus's for me was the best part of my trip and i spent a few days in North Ossetia, Chechnya & Ingushetia and the only danger was to my waist line due to the great friendly hospitality of the locals and amazing local dishes

Chechnya soup has dried meat in it like south African Biltong and tastes great.


If you do decided to head East once in Vladikavkaz for what ever reason then i suggest you seek local up to date knowledge as local situations do change and what was good when i was there (2 weeks ago) could be different when you go so i am not saying its super safe but it is certainty no war zone (apparently as my ex Russian girlfriend in Moscow thinks this) but they still have a few minor problems in the East Caucasus's and like anywhere in the world there is always the chance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time
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Yes i got information from Finnish foreign ministery that it is open for all citizens to pass on both direction. There has been continuosly allso travellers passing it. At least few has been also writing ride reports and stories here (Wesley with DR-Z 400 and he also saw Colebach friend Terry there in Georgia though i dont know which road he used to get into Georgia)

Terry came up from Turkey to Georgia however he was heading to Moscow via this route last time i saw him but maybe if he changes his mind like i do he could be anywhere

Great guy and is someone i look up to and would like to be like when i reach his age, he has alot of knowledge from years of riding & traveling
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Hello. I intend to travel by train from Bucharest to Moscow, via Chisinau (Moldova). Visit Moscow for 3 days and than take the train to Vladikavkaz. From Vladikavkaz i want to go in Tbilisi via Verkhny Lars. Can anyone tell me if i can Pass the border (in 23 August 2013) with a romanian Passport? How will be the weather? I will have the Russian visa available for 4 more days from my arrival in Vladikavkaz.. How much cost the transport from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi?
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Border russia georgia

Hello
We crossed the border from russia to Georgia with a car sept 2013 and it was no problem.
You can se some picture from the trip on instagram expeditionlasson,
Good luck,
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