VISAS mission completed !

visas folders

This has been one of the most difficult tasks to prepare for the trip! Many, many nights were spent getting information together, filling out forms and days spent going from banks to embassies. But finally, all the hard work has paid off and I have all the visas just in time!

When looking for information about getting visas, I couldn’t find too much information (apart from Caravanistan.com and a few blogs), so hopefully this list can help others in the future.

I have a Polish passport and applied for my visas in Madrid except for Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, as there are no embassies here for those countries.

Visas needed for:

Azerbaijan

Iran

Uzbekistan

Turkmenistan

Tajikistan

Kazakhstan

Russia

Visas not needed for:

Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Japan

 

AZERBAIJAN

azerbajian

Consulate

Madrid

Type of Visa

Tourist

LOI (Letter Of Invitation) Needed?

No, but I needed to show confirmation of reservations from two different hotels.

Papers Needed

Visa application form filled in online and printed

Purpose of travel letter stating dates, places to visit and entry and exit points

2 passport photos

Original receipt of payment from bank

Passport

Photocopy of passport

Processing Time

Visa from consulate – 10 Working Days

Details of Visa

Visa is valid for 30 days within a stated one-month period

Cost

35€ Tourist Visa Fee

 

IRAN

 iran

Consulate

Madrid

Type of Visa

Tourist

LOI Needed?

No, but you first need to fill in online forms on Iraninanvisa.com in order to receive a ‘Visa Authorization Code’

I also needed to let them know that I would be arriving at a land border with my own motorcycle.

Papers Needed

Visa application form

2 passport photos

Original receipt of payment from bank

Visa authorization code

Passport

Approved travel insurance (ordered from irantravelinsurance.com)

Processing Time

Visa authorization code – 2.5 weeks

Visa from consulate – 10 Working Days

Details of Visa

Visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue, valid for one-entry stay of 30 days

Cost

51€ Visa Authorization Code

49€ Iranian Travel Insurance

50€ Tourist Visa Fee

 

UZBEKISTAN

 uzbekistan

Consulate

Madrid

Type of Visa

Tourist

LOI Needed?

Yes.  Applied through Stantours.com – quite helpful and good email communication

Papers Needed

Visa application form (from embassy website)

1 passport photo

Original receipt of payment from bank

LOI

Passport

Processing Time

LOI – 11 working days

Visa from consulate – 1 working day

Details of Visa

Valid for 15 days within a stated one-month period

Cost

64€ LOI

70€ Tourist Visa Fee

 

TURKMENISTAN

 turkmenistan

Consulate

London, UK

Type of Visa

5 days transit

LOI Needed?

No.

Papers Needed

Visa application form

Letter describing travel schedule

Filled out questionnaire

1 passport photo

Photocopy of passport

Copies of visas from countries of entry and exit !!

Processing Time

Visa letter with code – 10 days

Details of Visa

Border specific

Valid for 5 days

Visa has a specific expiry date

Cost

39€ Postage of documents to London with DHL

$50USD (?) With the letter including a code, I will be able to pick up my visa at the border.

 

TAJIKISTAN

 tadjikistan

Consulate

Geneva, Switzerland

Type of Visa

Tourist

LOI Needed?

No.

Papers Needed

Visa application form

Visa request letter

2 passport photos

Passport

Photocopy of passport

Self addressed envelope

Processing Time

3 weeks from the time I sent my passport, to receiving it back in the post with visa.

10 days after posting my passport and documents, I had not heard anything and so emailed the consulate. They said they had not received my bank transfer. I emailed them back with the confirmation receipt and four days later, they said that my passport with visa had just been posted.

Details of Visa

Visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue, valid for one-entry stay of 30 days

Cost

39€ Postage of documents to Geneva with DHL

25€ Tourist visa

20€ GBAO permit

10€ return postage cost

At first I was considering applying to the consulate in London, but the fees were more than double.

 

KAZAKHSTAN

 kazakhstan

Consulate

Madrid

Type of Visa

Tourist

LOI Needed?

No.

Papers Needed

E-Visa application form

Copy of motorbike registration

1 passport photo

Original receipt of payment from bank

Photocopy of passport

Processing Time

5 days

As my passport was still with the Tajik embassy in Geneva, I left the papers and just a copy of my passport. I received a call that my Kazak visa was ready after 5 days.  When I received my passport from Geneva, I went straight to the Kazak embassy and they put the visa in my passport on the spot.

Details of Visa

Visa is valid for 30 days within a stated three-month period

Cost

35€ Tourist visa

 

RUSSIA

 russia

Consulate

Centro de visados Rusos, Madrid

Type of Visa

Double-entry, Auto tourism visa

LOI Needed?

Yes. Obtained through Escalis S.L.

Papers Needed

E-Visa application form

Copy of motorbike registration

Motorbike green card

Purpose of travel letter

Copy of NIE (Spanish residency number)

Insurance (bought at embassy)

1 passport photo

Passport

Photocopy of passport

LOI

Photocopy of international driver’s permit

Processing Time

LOI – 4 days

Visa – 10 working days

After I printed the LOI (voucher) and took it to the Russian consulate, they noticed an error. For type of visa, it read ‘Turismo’ instead of ‘Autoturismo’ (all written in Russian).  I emailed Escalis and they sent me a new LOI the next day.

Details of Visa

Double entry visa valid within one stated month

Cost

30.25€ LOI

17€ Russian insurance

58€ Tourist visa

 

CARNET DE PASSAGES EN DUANE (CDP)

 carnet de passage

Details

This is a customs document that identifies a driver’s motor vehicle. It is required for entering Iran and Japan with my motorcycle. Basically it is a document saying that I can temporarily import my bike into those countries providing I also leave those countries with my bike.

Obtained from RACE (automobile association in Spain)

Carnet has 10 pages (I will only need two – a pity they could not give me a 5-page one). Each page represents an entry and exit from a country. Each page is divided into three sections; the lower section is removed by Customs on entry into a country; the middle section is removed on exit; the top, counter-foil section, is stamped once on entry and once on exit.

Valid for 12 months

Papers Needed

Application form

Copy of ‘permiso de circulación’ – motorbike registration

Copy of ‘ficha téchnica’ – ITV – technical inspection certificate

Photocopy of passport

Copy of NIE (Spanish residency number)

Carnet payment

Aval bancario de validez indefinida – bank guarantee

 

The most difficult part of this is to get the bank guarantee.

This is a deposit you have to have approved by the bank and verified by a notary.  When I return from the trip and show the correctly stamped pages, the deposit will be returned.  The amount of the deposit depends on the motorbike.

Processing Time

5 days

Cost

259€ Carnet payment

Deposit to be returned after the trip

 

I hope all goes smoothly!  I am expecting to pay some extra fees at the borders and I will update this post after the trip.

 

All 7 visas completed = hair & beard cut! Mission accomplished!

 

Big thank you to Marissa ! Without her this will be impossible !

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