We approach the Mongolian border and have probably created the busiest day for 3 years since the last P2P crossed this remote border outpost. As the cars sit in the queue drivers have to take various documents including passport, driving licence, car registration and a $10 exit fee to the office. Once the process begins the consensus seems to be to just hand over passport and car registration and nothing else unless it is specifically asked for – once a document has been produced, however superfluous to proceedings, it has to be studied in depth and considered. This is just the first of 3 crossings today as we will now drive 8km (no man’s land??) to the Russian military checkpoint and then a further 15km to the Russian border crossing itself.

Given how remote this crossing is the provision of a low fence heading off into the hills does not provide a major deterrent to a determined illegal immigrant.

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