I started my 2016 travel adventure with 2 countries in 7 days by land just last January. It was indeed a new experience for me since my past travels were by plane. Good thing I have decided to join a group of friends' winter escapade to Georgia and Armenia for a change.
These Caucasian countries can be traveled via Sadakhlo-Bagratashen border between Georgia and Armenia.
Our travel package consists of a private bus transportation during the entire trip (including the border crossing; Georgia-Armenia-Georgia). Most of the officers in both immigration points doesn't speak English, but luckily, Ms. Anika, our kind travel agent from Best Travel who's an Armenian local, accompanied us all through out the process.
Traveling by bus from the old Tbilisi to Sadakhlo is approximately 3 hours, and since we were a group of 14 adults and 3 children, it took us 1 hour or more in passing the border and processing our visa to Armenia, then another 3 hours (depending on the weather and road conditions) drive to Yerevan.
Upon reaching Sadakhlo border, we went out of the bus and proceeded to the immigration for exit, we then continued to a small window not far from the Georgian immigration for our Armenian visa application.
Visa cost: AMD3,000 (USD6-7)
When done, we headed to the immigration of Armenia which is about 1-2 minutes walk for the entry procedure and formalities, then finally passed the border and we're off to a 3-hour drive to Yerevan.
Unlike Armenia, we have to clear the vehicle and take our bags out (x-ray for security purposes) upon passing the immigration. No medicines are allowed (which means we threw everything including vitamins) and a limited amount of alcoholic drinks can only be carried through.
Though Georgian immigration is more strict, crossing from Bagratashen was faster (took us not more than 30 minutes since we we're visa exempted).
What I have learned from my travel experiences is that, it is very important to have with you a local currency of the country that you are about to visit.
Dollars are widely accepted, but in general, keeping a local currency is strongly advised especially when shopping for souvenirs and crossing borders.
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