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Driving across Eastern Europe

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justadude:
What's it like driving from Western Europe, say Italy, to Moscow, via parts of former Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, etc? What are the border crossings like for an American? Can it even be done next month with the pandemic winding down?

msmoby:

--- Quote from: justadude on June 04, 2020, 10:31:25 PM ---What's it like driving from Western Europe, say Italy, to Moscow, via parts of former Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, etc? What are the border crossings like for an American? Can it even be done next month with the pandemic winding down?

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I wouldn't even think of driving to Moscow via Belarus or Ukraine pre / post the pandemic.

I HAVE entered in a non RU vehicle via Latvia ( exiting via Finland ) and my beloved has crossed from Georgia to Russia in a non RU registered Mini van.

As long as you have all proof of your owning the vehicle, your driving license,( get an International Dring Permit )  docs appertaining to the cars VIN, engine capacity, etc., ( you can either buy insurance on crossing the border or source it before you enter RU ) it's not a biggie.

Belarus reiure to you pay a deposit for a tracking devices and you are time limited to cross , may not deviate off the transit route and then you must return the rented tracker and pay for the km used.

So, you would need to take a northern loop via Poland and Lithuania, Latvia or southern .. via Turkey and Georgia ( as the latter crossing in mountainous - forget crossing in winter - unless it is a 4WD fitted with winter tyres)

Winter tyres are a legal requirement from early Nov in most eastern EU nations.

When in Russia, you are unlikely to be stopped by the Police in routine checks

Guile:
Why man? Russia is now the 3rd highest country in the world for virus cases with over 400k now. Just stay in the states.

Manny:

--- Quote from: msmoby on June 04, 2020, 10:56:56 PM ---When in Russia, you are unlikely to be stopped by the Police in routine checks

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I think Moby meant likely. Expect it at least once a day if travelling.

Some borders have changed and roads improved, but here is the topic I wrote documenting a drive from the UK I did in 2007: Manny's trip report to Estonia. (via Poland, Lithuania & Latvia).

I ended up doing the trip so often, we imported some vehicles from the US and took them out there, here is one: American truck On FSU tour.

You may also find this post informative. That also has links to other driving TRs.

msmoby:

--- Quote from: Manny on June 04, 2020, 11:49:56 PM ---

I think Moby meant likely. Expect it at least once a day if travelling.
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Moby meant UNLIKELY and has worn the t-shirt a LOT more recently than you ..Nov / Dec 2017  .. As soon as the Police see they're stopping a foreign car, they'll wave you on ... 

It's VERY clear you've not driven a UK registered car in Russia and recently as I ..   





We drove from the UK to SW Russia, with the car taking a ride on a train from Moscow to Sochi  Photo taken at the Formula1 circuit

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