TBILISI, DFWatch–Checkpoint Lars, the only Russian border crossing with Georgia, will be open 24 hours from January 15.
Kavkaz Uzel writes that a person working at the checkpoint says the checkpoint on the Georgian side, which is called Kazbegi, will also be open 24 hours a day.
The decision was made by the foreign ministries of Georgia and Russia.
It is expected that the daily traffic load at the border crossing will increase.
Verkhniy Lars – Kazbegi border crossing is the only way to cross the Caucasus mountain range in the middle without going to either the Black Sea Coast or the Caspian Sea.
Interfax quotes another representative of Larsi checkpoint who says that about three million persons and more than 870 cars were let through Lars in 2013.
Recently, Russia simplified visa rules for Georgian drivers who are bringing goods from Georgia to Russia and they will have to drive through Lars checkpoint. Russia approved 1 000 licenses for Georgian drivers.