Xenia: Pink eye that had to be treatened by antibiotics
Martin: got a one day flu
Problems / Breakdowns
None apart from a ripped flip flop of Martin (the singing sand dunes have been too much for the sandals) which we fixed in Kyrgyzstan.
The tarmac roads in this area are pretty okay and mostly free of pot holes. For gravel fans there are loads of unpaved roads and some of them you even “have” to ride as they lead to the highlights like the canyons or the lakes in the south.
Visa: We got a 14 days visa on arrival, make sure you have the registration stamps already on it so you don’t have to go to a police station to registrate (not possible for all nationalities)
Carnet de Passage: No need for a carnet
Insurance: We did not get one but we heard that it might actually be obligatory to have one. Never got checked though.
We only saw a small part of the country but it was really nice. This corner is pretty diverse, has many beautiful nature spots to offer and Almaty is quite a nice city for central asia. We heard there are many corrupt police around but we just ignored them when they tried to stop us and then only got controlled by two weird looking guys on the side of the road when we made a stop. They just showed their IDs and checked our passports before they left again.
Here some very country specific information:
If you cross the country make sure you have the insurance, as the police probably will ask for it
Never give your original papers to the police. We always carry laminated copies which we hand out.
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