Border Crossing To Azerbaijan
As mentioned on hitchwiki and all other convenient sources about travelling issues, it has always been impossible to cross the border from Azerbaijan to Russia and the other way around for NON CIS citizens. The ministry of foreign affairs of Germany published that this finally changed and also Non CIS citizens can cross the border, making it also possible to cross the border by hitchhiking.
Here is the source, but only in German:
Die Beschränkungen für den russisch-aserbaidschanischen Grenzübergang Samur-Jalama wurden aufgehoben. Damit handelt es sich nunmehr um einen internationalen Grenzübergang mit den üblichen Reisebestimmungen. Eine Einreise ist daher auch für Deutsche, die über gültige Visa für Aserbaidschan und die Russische Föderation verfügen, möglich.
" The restrictions for the russian-azeri border crossing Samur-Jalama were abolished. This means that from now on it is an international border crossing with the ordinary travel rules. A crossing is now also possible for German (and other nationalities of course) citizens with valid visa for Azerbaijan and the Russian federation "
As I could not find any independent confirmation I would be very happy if somebody that crossed there so far or at least tried so could share informations here.
Is somebody able to add a small russian phrasebook? --Quarim-- 06:48, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Police & Formalities
I do not agree with the registration part, police at the border did not care at all about any registration, same with police inside the country. The text for me sounds way too exaggerated and too much panic-making at all about this topic. Also what I can say for me, police never asked for any id's etc. while hitchhiking along/through/at DPS-Posts, they even stopped cars for me sometimes. --Platschi 18:11, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
- Registration is important. On my last trip to Russia, for example, I was summoned to a local OVIR office, along with my host, and threatened with large fines (along with my host) for not registering when I stayed there for 5 days. If you are staying in a small town, like the kind that hitchhikers pass through, word quickly goes around that there is a foreigner there. I do agree though that DPS is friendly to hitchhikers. CRCulver 21:17, 22 August 2009 (UTC)
- I asked several Russian hosts about registering - 1 said that they usually do check at the Estonia border. The rest of them say that their guests have never been checked. I was not checked when exiting at Zabaykalsk, despite being taken to an interrogation room and questionned for 30 minutes about what I was doing crossing at this border. Some believe the hassle/cost of registering outweighs the risk of being caught without it and getting a 2000ruble fine.Haggismn 09:17, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
- As far as I'm aware (after extensively prowling the thorn-tree forum), rules changed in 2011 and now you only have to register if you stay somewhere for at least seven business days (i.e. 9 days). You're not required to register any more upon arrival either, so it's well possible now to cross the country without registering at all. However it still seems recommended to collect train/bus/plane tickets for proof that you didn't stay anywhere longer than those nine days, so for hitchhikers it might be advisable to register at least once for peace of mind. Additionally, the new 2011 law clearly stipulates that it's the host's responsability to register, not the traveller's. I will add these things to the article as "probably" and then update once I know anything for sure.--Zenit (talk) 00:23, 28 June 2013 (CEST)