Sarsi border | Customs and Immigration

Georgia

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Small and busy crossing. A lot of trucks but you can pass them all. Turkish customs very fast look inside the van.
The georgian customs also very fast and hassle free.
You get folder with prices and info about the insurance. See photo
Go to the official insurance kiosk around 10-12 km from the border. It is a small green sign next to a big parking lot and customs clearance area. There is no commission. In 2 min you get the paper. Also in advance online www.tpl.ge/en .
There is also an ATM, several exchange offices, some cafes, market, liqueur store and a nice beach for swimming.

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terrible take for ever.
in 1.5h just passed the control in Georgia. I think it will take at least 2 more hours to pass the Turkish control. Seems just one custom people it's working in the Turkish side.
We finally exit after 5 hours!!!!!
All because a dumb guy was doing nothing.
If you can avoid this border.

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Beware of car insurance touts on the Georgian side. Better book insurance on-line in advance, and don't even let them wave you over. They wait right after the Georgian immigration checkpoint and try to look official. The guy tried to convince me my insurance was expired when it was clearly valid for WEEKS.

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Georgia—>Türkiye
Very easy. Took us 30 minutes 👍🏼

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Crossing Turkey to Georgia, very busy in June. Family had to get out of the car and cross through the terminal on foot and were picked up on Georgian side after all formalities (so make sure everyone has their own paperwork in case this happens). Only driver was allowed to stay in the car to cross. On the Georgian side two guys with badges were intercepting all the foreign cars coming through and trying to take them to one of the many insurance/exchange windows (Almost certainly not the best price) We refused to go with them and they got aggressive, banging on the window and telling us we were going to get in big trouble with the police. To avoid this you can just buy your insurance online (links in the reports below), also the insurance booths that others have mentioned up the road are still operational as we passed them on the way to Batumi.

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We crossed this border from Turkey in Georgia in the morning. There were many HGVs lining up to cross but in our Sprinter we went to the car line. We got through both borders in 20 minutes. The Georgian Customs team asked to look in our camper. They opened nothing. Not even boot/garage. They simply said ´nice car’ and waved us through with instructions on where to buy Vehicle Insurance some 7kms on from the border alongside a Gulf fuel station selling Euro diesel. So no queries about medication etc. Everyone was welcoming and friendly.

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Direction Turkey-> Georgia; Turkish Police and customs went well, quickly and friendly. Georgian customs checked the entire car. All hatches and cupboards had to be opened. Insurance can be arranged online in advance www.tpl.ge/en . CoVid vaccination certificate and PCR was checked.

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Direction Turkey-Georgia; Turkish police and customs went well, quickly and friendly. Georgian customs checked the entire car. All hatches and cupboards had to be opened. Insurance can be arranged online in advance www.tpl.ge/en CoVid vaccination certificate and PCR-Test was checked.

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Yes, confirmed!
Get sure, that you have your
Vaccination pass
PCR-TEST
GE-registration,
a lot of people where send back!
Fastest is in the Barakulut Hotel, 4.hour’s latterly we received at 6.00 pm. Left , In front of the Hotel, at the Turkish Airlines office our results printed, as well they done also our Gov. Ge. Registration for 10. Lira.
Cameleon.
P. S. The Hospital, out of town, doesn’t speak any foreign languages, an you have to pay cash, everywhere.

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TR - GE
Very easy and relaxed!
We had our EU vaccination certificate printed out and a PCR test, so no problem at all.
Our car was never checked, only smiling and welcoming people. The passenger had to go through the passenger terminal, the driver stayed with the car.
We got insurance at a Socar petrol station about 7km from the border, no commission, no fixers, card payment possible.
We tried first at the Lukoil, but they wanted to charge us 3€ commission.

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Although we are fully vaccinated, we were not allowed to enter Georgia because we did not have a PCR test.
We then took a PCR test at the Karabulut Hotel in Hopa.
170 Lira.

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Easy and fast boarder crossing. Georgian police very friendly.
You can get the vehicle insurance easy online on: https://www.tpl.ge/en.
Because of Covid you have to register before arrival on the website: https://registration.gov.ge/pub/form/8_protocol_for_arrivals_in_georgia/tk6157/

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We are a couple German Paraguay. We came to the Border form the Tyrkey Side and wanted to go to Georgia.
The friendly Turkey Policeman called to the georgien Side and told us that we can not Cross the border.
He has no information when it will be possible again.

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Georgia into Turkey

Situation was different because of corona. Cheapest Turkish insurance is before Georgian customs, small building with Sigorta Insurance on the front. We paid 32€ for 3 months insurance in Turkey. Georgian customs very friendly. On Turkish side everything went very smooth and quick, they didn’t checked the car at all.

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Turkey into Georgia, very easy cross. Turkish people wanted to check the rooftoptent and the Georgian people want to no a lot about our travel history because of the Corona virus (don’t say them that you’ve been in Italy!!) and they wanted to check the dog passport but didn’t understand it. Everyone was very friendly, not busy at the border. Passenger can stay in the car.

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If you need to buy Turkish insurance I strongly advise changing money in Georgia right before entering the border zone. Cash only accepted at the window and terrible exchange rates for USD/GEL.

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Georgia to Turkey: passengers need to walk through immigration to exit Georgia. Bought Turkey insurance through agent before Georgia exit—same price as Turkey, can pay with different currencies

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Georgia to Turkey on a Wednesday around lunchtime. All went smooth and quick, exit Georgia we could both stay in the car.
Enter Turkey only driver is allowed in the car. for insurance, big sign on the left side befor customs. They checked our campervan, opened all storage but only quick look. Immigration asks for car insurance, i gave them the greencard and got no complain.
The whole procedure took maybe 20 or 30 minutes.

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Georgia > Turkey at 9am, only took 20 minutes for everything - customs on both sides very quick and easy. No one searched the car. In between borders is a clear sign marking insurance window - 3 months for 250 lira for a uk registered car (unable to buy for shorter period) - very quick & easy. No extra fees charged for anything. Passengers clear separately in the building - also very quick, easy and professional. We did not have EU greencard insurance for Turkey - no one asked us for this and we just bought the local insurance as stated above - no problems.

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Turkish side took very long, more than one hour to pass. Georgian side was super quick. Its true that they separate driver and passenger but you can discuss with them and they let you together. Bought insurance and sim here. Commison 10 Lari was okay and you have everything together. ATM is available there as well. Was a very busy crossing

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We crossed from Turkey to Georgia today. Currently only the driver can stay in the car, all other passengers have to leave and use a separate customs clearance which is situated in a large building with long distances to walk. You might want to bring a bottle of water because waiting in line can take long. And bring your phone to keep in touch with the driver. No chance to meet until after the Georgian border. Everything else in previous posts still correct, also about insurance office location in Batumi.

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Crossed the border (Turkey > Georgia) today with an NL registered vehicle and passport. The Turkish side was quick and easy, but the Georgians questioned me for a while as to why I drove all the way from the Netherlands to visit Batumi. I told them I was traveling east afterwards and after some back and forth between various customs officials I was eventually let into the country.

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Was ok, all very nice and quick. Both sides quick look in the car, but no real search. We did not have to get out of the car.
Just after the georgian barrier agressive 'helpers' waiting with somewhat official looking batch, was running and shouting after us when we ignored him and drove past. We went straight to the insurance kiosk as described in the other posts to buy car insurance.
Boarder crossing good, but no idea why they tolerate the mess right after the georgian border.

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Turkey to Georgia. 45 min. Just quick look in the car. Used cash machine at the border and bought insurance at the free standing kiosk in the middle, 3 friendly ladies.

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Border was fine, we ignored the touts trying to sell insurance and followed the directions in the comments. All fine, insurance done quickly.

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Georgia to Turkey
we crossed today. The whole process (both sides) took less than an hour. Insurance is available before passport control on the Turkish side form a clearly marked window. we paid 345 lira for a 10t camper. No money exchange in the border must be done before leaving Georgia. all prices were clearly marked in the window so no cons.

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Passed the border from Turkey into Georgia with a landcruiser without trouble. Passengers have to get out of the car and walk through the whole customs procedure. They checked the car at both sides, friendly people no problems.

When entering georgia some men want to help with the insurance, ignore them. Check coordinates in post below for the place for insurance as it is hard to find, especially in the dark! Also the local bank gives out insurance. You’ll get a folder with all the information.

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Georgia=> Turkey. crossed 5:30 in the morning, took us only 30 minutes! nobody checked the bags, they did check the moto insurance on both sides tough!

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We can confirm the last post. It is not possible anymore to buy the car insurance at a kiosk immediately after the border. Don't get confused by the signs there. Also some guys will "offer you help" and want to bring you to an agent. We had an unpleasant encounter. Just continue the road straight to Batumi - the offical insurance office is located 11 km away from the crossing point. There the insurance can be easily purchased (payment with credit card possible).
The insurance office is tiny and can be overlooked, GPS coordinates are: 41.599613, 41.608284

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The Compulsory Insurance Kiosk has moved. it is now around 10-12km after the border. Shortly beforer there is an customs clearing station for trucks. There is a green small sign at the road at a big parking lot. There is a small building in front of it. You might want to watch for turkish or other foreign trucks and cars that stop there. ATM is only at the border. Turkish border took around 1.5h, just waiting in line with the car

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This place is in wrong location - it is located at 41.52094, 41.54918

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Small and busy crossing. A lot of trucks but you can pass them all. Turkish customs very fast look inside the van.
The georgian customs also very fast and hassle free.
You get folder with prices and info about the insurance. See photo
Go to the official insurance kiosk in the center of the square. There is no commission. In 2 min you get the paper.
There is also an ATM, several exchange offices, some cafes, market, liqueur store and a nice beach for swimming.

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