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  1. Hi Patrick! I was on the German team last year, and we were unable to solve the problem with the documents. They even kept the license plates. All I could do was work out a workaround with the German transport authorities and my insurance company: I don't pay tax or insurance anymore, but the car is still registered in my name here. So if anyone ever tries to register that chassis number anywhere in the EU again, I might find myself in a bit of a pickle. On the positive side, this "no tax" solution was no hassle at all. I was able to work it out at the desk in the registration office without having to call any higher officials.
  2. Hey Gianni, you can reach them at or Phone: +49 (0)30 30102451 Fax: +49 (0)30 30102453 I don't know if they speak English - if there are any communication problems, I can help you out if you want. Also, what's your trouble with the visas exactly? Is it because of the time scale? I don't know if the method that I described above is available if you're not coming in by ferry from Baku.
  3. Hey guys, Today I spoke to a guy who exported 2 Audi 100 's to Kirgyzstan last year and drove them there via Turkmenistan, taking the ferry from Baku. As you all know, it is possible to have your transit visa waiting in Turkmenbashi, but the Azeri customs people won't He told me that he had gotten an e-mail with a reference number from the Turkmen embassy in Berlin. Now this guy I spoke to, he told me he had received an e-mail from the Turkmen embassy in Berlin which he had printed out, and with this e-mail it was no problem to get on the ferry. He has done this two times already, together with a friend. I then phoned up the embassy in Berlin, where they confirmed that they would send such a "visa reservation e-mail" All we need to do is send them photocopies of our passports and our Azeri and Uzbek visas, and a letter stating that we request the visa to be issued in Turkmenbashi because we cannot state an exact entry date due to the ferry having no schedule. We'll pay the visa in Turkmenbashi. So if you intend to cross the Caspian sea, be sure to ask your embassy for this option. Now the bad news is that I stumbled upon a thread in a Lonely Planet forum which was started by a guy who has now waited more than 2 weeks for a ferry to Turkmenbashi. Something seems to be wrong there at the moment. I've e-mailed the port authority and several travel agencies, but so far I've received either shrugs or no replies at all.
  4. Hey Gianni, what about the cameras? Are you talking about a larger number that you're bringing for SWORDE-Teppa, or do we have to expect trouble at the Turmkmen border with our private equipment?
  5. Well, looking at the map I can't really tell which route will be faster - the main road through Uzbekistan via Samarkand and into Tadjikistan at Panjakent, or cut off at Bukara, then via Guzar, Baysun and up to Regar / Tursunzade? If the smaller roads in Uzbekistan are good enough, I guess you're right and it's safer for us to take the shortest route. Counting July 4th in, we have 23 days to do the drive. (We must take a plane out of Dushanbe on Monday, 27th, as Sarah has to get back to work on 29th.) Assuming we have to leave our car in Kurgan-Tyube, do you have an idea how we best get to Dushanbe afterwards?
  6. Be sure to check with each consulate before you get any LOI's or before you send an application without LOI. Requirements seem to change a lot in that respect - e.g. the Uzbek consulate in Germany says EU citizens do not need a LOI.
  7. Our route will be something like this, with the difference that instead of Austria-Slovenia-Croatia-Serbia we'll be going Austria-Hungary-Serbia. [img_assist|nid=6677|title=Strange Brew's planned route for ROTW 09|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=300|height=128] As to the caspian crossing, we don't really have any exact plans yet. If I understood it correctly, you can get a Turkmen transit visa in advance and specify an exact entry date, or you can have them deposit your visa at the entry border, and then it will be valid only from the day you actually arive. Our Turkmen consulate was quite friendly on the phone and said we could have a 7-day transit visa, so I think we'll get the visas in advance and hope we get on the ferry in time. As far as I know every team that has done this has had trouble getting on the ferry in Baku because of their having no visa in their passports. Also, we plan to get on the ferry as soon as possible, as we'll have only three weeks.
  8. Sarah and I are planning to do the Southern route - Caspian crossing, Turkmenistan and everything. How about the other teams? Joe is thinking about driving through North Africa on the way back home as I read, but what about the way there? I'm asking because, while we understand that everyone has their own ideas about this trip, we quite frankly would love to have another car around. So, yeah, what are your plans?
  9. Alright - we'll adjust our route to acommodate Budapest then. Any ideas yet on the date?
  10. Hey Joe, welcome aboard =) As far as I know, Trabants have made it to Mongolia before, so you should be able to get to Tajikistan, too. Engines don't get much more reliable than an air-cooled 2-stroker. If the technology is simple, which is the case with a Trabant, I wouldn't worry too much about spare parts. The people outside western Europe are pretty good at fixing things without having actual spare parts. Of course that only holds true if you're not in need of new pistons or something as crucial as that. On the other hand, the Shogun has much more power and is of course better suited for the roads we're going to see. As far as spare parts go, I guess what I said above holds true here as well - if your car isn't commonly available where you've broken down, chances are you'll have to live with improvisational repairs anyway. In many countries, diesel is used for lorries and utility vehicles only,but that just means you'll have to pay more attention to your fuel gauge as you'll have to look harder. That being said, I've never taken my car any further east than Hungary, so I'm just repeating what I've heard on the Mongolia rally forum. A carnet de passage is a document required by certain countries if you want to enter or cross the country by car. The carnet tells them that customs will be taken care of in case you're unable to get the car out of the country. The problem is that you'll have to make a huge safety deposit at home, the actual amount depending on which countries you're visiting. Iran is at the top with $ 5,000 minimum, depending on how much your car is worth. You'll also need one if you want to go to Libya and/or Egypt. There are more countries further in the South, but I doubt you're planning to drive across Sudan. Insurance: For health insurance, you should be able to get something from your local insurance company. Europe-wide 3rd party for cars should be available from your car insurance company. From Turkey on east you can (and must) buy insurance at each border. From what I've heard this is typically between 50 and 100 USD per country. No special visa required for cars. They'll just mark it in your visa upon entry. While we're talking about visa, let it be known that Turkmenistan is apparently a bitch. 1st of all, no tourist visa without a guided tour. Some Turkmen consulates don't even issue transit visas without a letter of invitation. An LOI can be aquired through Stantours, just google them. (I'm a lucky German and don't need an LOI. we seem to have good relations with the former Soviet states, especially Turkmenistan where people get German classes in school still today) The biggest problem with Turkmenistan is that you'll have to give them a SPECIFIC entry date to which you'll have to stick because your visa will run out whether you've entered the country or not. Again, Germans are lucky here, because while everyone seems to be granted only a 5 days transit visa, I was told by our Turkmen embassy that we could get the maximum of 7.
  11. Strange Brew have just moved over from the Mongolia Rally, so we're with you now. I've also spotted a new team today, Kernow Krew. Cheers, Phil