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    Getting into Naxcivan from Turkey and Vice Versa

    by mickeyd302 Written Jul 22, 2007

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    At the insisting of the US Embassy, I had to get a multi-entry visa into Turkey. Unfortunately, I only used the Visa once. Eastern Turkey is wonderful and I had plans to explore the area further before a family emergency postponed my plans. The Nakhchivan Airport has only three cities it flies to: Baku; Ganja; and Moscow. I found it ironic that there was no Russian Consulate in Nakhchivan, but there were flights into Russia. On the other hand, the Turkish Consulate was a very busy place within the city. As a foreigner, you are looking at paying $100 to fly to and from Baku. While there are direct flights from Baku to Istanbul, such flights can get pricey. Instead take the bus into Turkey from Nakhchivan. There are daily buses that travel close to 24-36 hours to Istanbul. I decided to to go Igdir (it cost about $10) and is the first city stop of the bus, then took a shuttle to Kars (another $10). From there I took a flight into Istanbul. While taking the bus is inexpensive, it does take a long time. Getting through passport checks in Nakhchivan and Turkey takes a long time (about 4 hours) along with customs and a military check point further up the road. Coming back was easier as I got a ride from some people from Nakhchivan who recognized me as a teacher in the university. Several things about the bus that should be noted. They do not allow the use of cell phones or laptops during the drive. On the other hand, the scenery was beautiful in some areas and stark in others. It is something that you will not see from an airplane.

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