Border crossings can be the most stressful part of travelling. Countless hours can be spent trying over come the language barrier, finding out how to cross awkward borders and discovering the cheapest / quickest way across a border. Of course, custom checks within the European Union are ancient history now – but step outside the EU and it’s a return to aggressive Passport officers and lengthy waits, but….you get your passport stamped! Woo!
Sometimes, luck is required – recently an expected three hour border crossing between Poland and Ukraine ended up being just 15 minutes…so happy days! However coming from Turkey to Georgia, our bus abandoned us at the rain swept crossing at Sarpi, leaving us stranded, late at night, in a new country with no concept of the language or how to get to our final destination. Nobody spoke English, apart from dodgy taxi drivers. Fortune favours the brave, and a lovely Armenian family helped us change some money and catch a local bus to Batumi. We finally arrived to Batumi, soaked to the skin…only to find our accommodation overbooked (but that’s a story for another time! Nonetheless, we got there in the end 🙂
In the coming weeks, we hope to help you with some of the borders we’ve crossed in the past few years. First up – Poland to Ukraine.
Border Crossing Guides
Poland – Ukraine (Both directions – 2015)
Turkey – Georgia (Both directions – 2014)
Turkey – Bulgaria (One way – 2014)
Romania – Serbia (One way – 2015)
Serbia – Bosnia (One way – 2007 / 2014)
Bosnia – Croatia (One way – 2007 / 2014)
Canada – United States (Both directions – 2011)