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Old February 4th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #5741
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I've heard bad things about Moldova - Transdnistria and Ukraine - Transdnistria crossings.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 06:56 PM   #5742
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Is bribing still common at border crossing in Eastern Europe? If so, where?
Everywhere, of course except for EU-EU borders.
But there are two different types:
1., Borders where you have no problem if your documents are alright and you have no forbidden goods, etc., but you may pass the border even if you have some problem but you bribe the officer. Basically these are Balkan borders.
2., Borders where you can't pass unless you bribe the officer even if your documents are alright and you have nothing that is forbidden, etc. Basically these are ex-USSR borders.

By 'basically' I mean that not all of them belong to these categories but such a behavior is typical. Additionally, bribing is much more common by heavy freight than in personal traffic.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #5743
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Is bribing still common at border crossing in Eastern Europe? If so, where?


In Spain, before entrance to EU and specially while no democratic government, everything except that.

There are different polices and that one who controls the borders is a military police (they still exist).

They are known some cases where a foreing driver is stopped and he tries to give a bank note to policemen... and he goes directly to prison.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 09:03 PM   #5744
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Before December 2009, while Serbian citizens needed visas for Schengen, Macedonian policemen wanted 5 euros per tourist group which were going to Greece to scan and stamp passport only one passport instead of 50 passports. Behind the policemen was a anti-bride poster: "Report corruption at telephone number..."!
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Old February 4th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #5745
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and he goes directly to prison.
Do not pass Go, do not collect $200
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Old February 4th, 2012, 11:06 PM   #5746
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Another case I read in newspapers was some groups of people entering Spain thinking to work without residence or working licence.
They came from a Schengen country so they could enter with no control in the border and just they show they were on a tourist trip.

but policemen are not silly.... and they start asking them about money for those 15 days. No money for making tourism... return.
They continued having all of them a 500 euro bank note. They asked, one per one, about the hotel they wen to be... and once it was a very small hotel where all the group coulnd't enter.
Other times they called the hotel to ask about the booking...

It was just five years ago.
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Old February 12th, 2012, 02:08 AM   #5747
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Hi everyone, as always - more questions.

Today's question is about the border crossing of Kudowa-Slone/Nachod. I've found some information that this border crossing could be crossed on foot - but I have no idea how. There doesn't seem to be any clear infrastructure on the ground.

Was this a border crossing with specific infrastructure for pedestrians (like in Frankfurt Oder/Slubice and Medyka/Shegyni)? If so - where/what was used for the control?

I'm hitting a blank here - there's a building there that looks like it could have been such a thing - http://pl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...20080716100940 - but I have no way of identifying it as such.

Thank you for any help!

(also - another question, but not the main one - does anyone know when the border crossing was reconstructed in Frankfurt (Oder)? I'm talking about the city bridge crossing - the one where the pedestrians had to go through the building. It definitely wasn't like that in 1990 as the building wasn't built like that then - but it was definitely built before the old bridge was demolished. Any help would be appreciated!)
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Old February 12th, 2012, 07:55 AM   #5748
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Guatemala-Mexico border



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Old February 12th, 2012, 11:13 AM   #5750
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whoa, those are some laaarge photos! can somebody guarantee in a bank for me to get a credit for a 35" monitor?
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Old February 12th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #5751
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Old February 13th, 2012, 03:40 AM   #5752
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I have 1080p monitor, and it doesn't fit.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 08:45 AM   #5753
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You can zoom out the screen (CTRL -) and you will see the pictures on your monitors .
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You can zoom out the screen (CTRL -) and you will see the pictures on your monitors .
or he could find out that human has invented online resizing in online albums. i mean, we all become dumb because we copy too large photos at our albums and resize them before posting. don't you think?
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or he could find out that human has invented online resizing in online albums. i mean, we all become dumb because we copy too large photos at our albums and resize them before posting. don't you think?
or that .
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Old February 20th, 2012, 04:47 AM   #5756
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MEXICO-USA Rio Grande River (Rio Bravo del Norte), Mexico (Right), USA (Left)








International Bridge covered by snow at the Amistad (Friendship) reservoir dam









Border Mexico/US, Amistad (Friendship) Reservoir dam








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Old February 20th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #5757
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MEXICO-USA

Down to the Rio Grande -Big Bend National Park







Rio Grande - Mexico on the left, USA on the right





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Old February 20th, 2012, 08:18 PM   #5759
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I love this thread!

In south Spain they coincide Spain, Morocco, the off-shore british territory of Gibraltar and the off-shore spanish territory of Ceuta (I'm sorry for the quality of the graphics):


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Morocco as seen from continental Spain

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Estrecho de Gribraltar, desde Tarifa por Chodaboy, en Flickr

Gibraltar (UK)-Spain border

In this photo the bottom is Gibraltar (UK) and the top is La Línea de la Concepción (Spain). The airport is in a disputed area managed by Gibraltar. The "fence" could be seen beyond the airport, and yes, the airport has a level-crossing who is the only land-exit of Gibraltar:

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Gibraltar: View of the Airport por harry_nl, en Flickr

From nearly the same spot a closer version of the current border:

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Gibraltar / Spain Border por kpmarek, en Flickr

As seen from Spain:

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gibraltar border 2 por Mike 68, en Flickr

People crosses this border all along the day for many purposes, such as buying the newspaper or cigarretes.

Ceuta (ES)-Morocco border

Only some miles away, but now in Africa, we have a small off-shore territory border too. The border crossing is like any other in the world:

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Border with Ceuta por hicham daoudi, en Flickr

There are a lot of people in the Moroccan side who walk to the border to work in Spain or take goods:

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DSCF1104.JPG por davidkane, en Flickr

The taxis are also the typical image of the Moroccan side:

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Tetouan 0029 por SmileNella, en Flickr

Here comes the differences, that is the border between Africa and the European Union, and it's supposed to be the border with the highest GDP between it sides. The European Union has done a high security fence who is so polemic because a lot of people who tried to pass it died:

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Ceuta border clôture www.dunmurlautre.net por dunmurlautre.net, en Flickr

The border ends in the beach at the both sides:

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Valla fronteriza en Benzú, Ceuta por borjaventura, en Flickr

The bottom is Spain and the top Morocco:

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IMG_2163 por Luis.P.Teixeira, en Flickr
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Old February 21st, 2012, 12:51 AM   #5760
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Here comes the differences, that is the border between Africa and the European Union, and it's supposed to be the border with the highest GDP between it sides.
I'd have thought something like Kuwait-Iraq would be a bigger gap, but it's certainly an interesting border.

On a related note out of interest I once worked out the biggest HDI discrepancies between bordering countries - Spain/Morocco was 12th behind:

Libya Niger 0.507
Libya Chad 0.455
Iran Afghanistan 0.43
China Afghanistan 0.42
Algeria Niger 0.414
Turkmenistan Afghanistan 0.387
Algeria Mali 0.383
Uzbekistan Afghanistan 0.358
Tajikistan Afghanistan 0.336
Kuwait Iraq 0.333
Libya Sudan 0.316
Spain Morocco 0.301

Although what's happened in Libya recently might have affected that of course. Incidentally the most 'similar' countries on that measure were
Poland / Slovakia; Ecuador / Peru and Kyrgyzstan / Uzbekistan
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