Visa

We will try to organise as many Visa in advance as possible. This way we will have less trouble and save time while on the road and instead are able to enjoy the beauty of live. All other visas (Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China, Tibet) will be obtained on our way, as you have to put an exact date of entry and exit, applying for a Tajik- or Uzbek visa. As soon as we know how it works and what you need to take care of beforehand will be posted here as soon as possible.

Contrary to first information, but now updated on the offical homepage, Visa for India are being issued only for 6 months, therefore we have to organise this one also on the road. Our first places to go will be Batumi or Tbilisi (Visa Azerbaijan), Baku (Visa Uzbekistan, Tajikistan) and Toshkent (Visa China, India).


Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijan Visa can be easily obtain in Batumi. The consulate is open from Monday to Friday, between 10-12 o'clock. The consulate is situated right at the Europe Square.

Address: 14, Nodar Dumbadze Street, 6010,  Georgia http://www.azgenconsulate.ge/en/consulate/contact/

For german passholders the cost is € 35 or the equivalent in georgian Lari. The only thing you need are two identical passport sized pictures. Confirmation for a hotel booking or a LOI are not necessary.

We got notice from a New Zealand cyclist, whom we met again in Baku, that it is also really easy to be obtained in Tbilisi. There is no extra paperwork and he his Azerji Visa after one working day. So there is actually no need to stick around Batumi for 4 days.


Uzbekistan

If you have to get you Uzbek Visa in Baku, calculate some time for your stay in Baku. For most nationalities it takes about 8-10 working days, which is really long. You can speed the process up, by getting a letter of Invitation, the LOI. This one cost about $70-$80 and can be obtain through different travel agencies, like Stantours, Caravanistan and Arostr Tourism. We did it through Arostr Tourism and paid $80 each, for urgent processing. It took 5 full working days. We just got the LOI on the morning of the 6th day. So we applied for the Uzbek Visa in the morning, went to the bank afterward, paid $105 each, as it was an urgent application and picked the Uzbek Visa up, during the afternoon.
Apparently Germans can easily do that without an LOI. We met one German guy who had to wait only 5 days. The Uzbek Ambassador told him, that he can pick it up after 3-5 days! People holding a German passport can save that extra amount of money and should apply directly.

In any case, if you want to do it with an LOI, make sure to apply for that one at least a week before you get to Baku. Because it also takes about 10 days, unless you want urgent processing.

It is also possible to change the dates on your Visa. We did that and many other before us too.

The Uzbek Embassy is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Working hours are from 10-12 and 15-17.

Address: Mikayıl Müşfiq küç., Bakı, Aserbaidschan
Coordinates: 40°21'04.5"N 49°48'14.6"E / 40.351239, 49.804047

Tel.: (+994) 12 497 25 49 / (+994) 12 497 25 52

The Ebassy is located at the far end of Mikayıl Müşfiq küç, on your left hand side.

Make sure to call them an ask for your Visa or drop by in person! Although he might say, that he will write you an Email, he might just forget.

The Visa cost $75 or $105 for urgent processing. It takes usually 8-10 days to be issued, except for German pass holders, as they can get it in 3-5 days. With an LOI you get the Visa issued on the same day.


Tajikistan

The application for Tajik Visa is quite comfortable in Baku. The embassy is open from Tuesday to Friday between 14:30-17 o'clock. The adjutant at the Tajik embassy is really nice and the application is easy. You just need your passport and 2 photocopies.
There is no need for a LOI or hotel bookings. Unfortunately you can't get the GBAO-Permit for the Pamir Hwy along with the Visa. But the tajik adjutant told us, that it is easily obtained in Dushanbe, where you get it immediately. He also told us, that a registration is no longer necessary even for stays longer than 30 days.

Address: Baglar 2 street, B- 20, Badamdar district, Baku, Azerbaijan https://www.google.com/maps/place/Embassy+of+Tajikistan+in+Azerbaijan/

From Badamdar Street heading southwards you just need to follow the sign to the AEF hotel to your left and take a right turn just before the hotel.

The cost for a 45 day Visa is $40 and $36 for a 30 day Visa. It takes about 3-5 working days. In case you also want to get the Uzbek Visa in Baku, it is advisabel to apply for that one first and to pick it up before you get the Tajik Visa. We heard stories from different travellers, that some didn't get the actual expire date they put on the application. The uzbek embassy changed it, so that day had to wait for about 2 days at the uzbek-tajik border to enter Tajikistan.


China

Getting a Chinese Visa in Toshkent is not the best idea. Why? Not only that you need proof of Hotel and flight booking, we only had 30 days to enter China, starting from the day of application, with a validation of 30 days. We were also told, that you are supposed to apply for the Chinese Visa in the last country you visit, before going to China.

In Toshkent no Agency could help us with the faked iternery, as they are only allowed to do visa service for locals.

Otherwise the visa application is quite simple. As mentioned, you need proof of Hotel and flight booking, two passport sized photos, copies of your passport and Uzbek Visa. It costs $40 and takes 5 working days.

Address: 79 Yahyo Gulyamov ko'chasi, Тошкент, Uzbekistan

Applications are being accepted only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9-12. Pick up after 3pm.


Pakistan

The Pakistani visa is one of those we are able to apply for in Germany. An application six months in advance is no problem at all, although, as in many other central asien countries, you also have to give an exact date of entry and departure, it does not trouble us at all. As German citizens we get a 90 day tourist visa, therefore we are quite flexible, as we only need 7-10 days in Pakistan, before leaving for India. It gives us plenty of buffers.

Furthermore you do not need a LOI (letter of invitaion) or any hotel or flight bookings to apply for a Pakistani visa.


India

We got our Indian Visa in Islamabad. Applications are not anymore taken by the High Commission of India directly. You have to fill in the online application form, to be found here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/

You have to take two copies of the application form, two passport sized photos and  a copy of your passport and Pakistan Visa to one of the following Visa Agencies.

We went with Gerry's Visa Drop Box. We applied for a 3 month tourist visa, multiple entry. The total visa costs were 5400 PKR per visa (400 PKR commision). The High Commison of India told us, it would take about 5-6 working days.


Nepal

The Nepalese visa will be issued on arrival, either at the airport in Kathmandu or at any of the five official border controls between India and Nepal, listed below. You receive 30/90 days tourist visa. A 30 day visa cost $40, the 90 day visa cost $100.

  • Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Immigration Office, Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Immigration Office, Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)

Myanmar

Kathmandu is a good place to get the Myanmar Visa. For the application, even if you want to travel over land, they don't need any permits. Confirmations of flight booking are also not necessary. You only need to bring your original passport, two passport sized photos, and a copy of the passport and Nepalese Visa.
The Visa itself cost $20, plus Rs.300 for the application. And You will get it within 1 or 2 days. You will have 3 months of validity (time to enter the country) and 28 days of stay.

Address: Ekantakuna-Tikabhairab Rd, Karyabinayak, Kathmandu, Nepal (approximately 700m south of the Nakhu Bridge on the ride hand side)

Coordinates: N27° 39' 24.4" E85° 18' 22.0"

Applications are being accepted Monday through Friday, from 9:30-12. The Opening hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30-16.

The permit for the norther Region, which is necessary if you are going over land is available from Travel agencies. We got it from Exotic Myanmar Travels and cost $80 per person.

Website: http://www.exoticmyanmartravel.com/