The Silk Road-even the name sounds romantic, doesn’t it? The Silk Road connected China with the West and provided a vital distribution route for ideas, culture and materials goods like silk. Even today, many of the major stops along the Silk Road are vibrant and interesting tourist destinations.
If you want to tour the Silk Road, the first step is determining which route to follow. There were actually two main land routes. The northern one led from China to the western boundary of the Roman Empire or to Iraq. The southern route led from China to the Levant in Syria or to Alexandria in Egypt.
After you decide on a route and book your travel, the next step is to secure the necessary travel documents. To help you out, here’s a list of countries that you might travel as part of a Silk Road tour, with information about visa information and whether or not you must apply in advance:
- China: Tourists need travel visas and must apply in advance. See Chinese Tourist Visa Requirements
- Kazakhstan: Apply in advance. See Apply for a Kazakhstan Visa
- Azerbaijan: You need a visa, but if you’re flying into Azerbaijan directly you can get one in the airport. If you are entering by land, you must get one in advance.
- Georgia: If you’re a US citizen visiting Georgia for 360 days or less, you do not need a Georgian visa
- Turkmenistan: You need a visa, and you must apply ahead of time.
- Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan does not issue visas on arrival. Apply for yours in advance.
- Tajikistan: Apply in advance for your Tajikistan visa.
- Syria: Obtain your visa prior to travel.
- Egypt: Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at the airport or in advance. If you are arriving by land, you need to have your visa ahead of time.
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