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Tajikistan country information

Tajikistan map
Republic of Tajikistan
Area: 143,100 sq km
Population: 7,215,700
Population density: 45 per sq km
Capital: Dushanbe
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes

Passports

Passport valid for at least six months after date of departure required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note

Passport and visa regulations for all the CIS states are liable to change at short notice. All travellers are advised to contact the nearest Tajikistan Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date details. Countries where Tajikistan has diplomatic representation currently include Austria, China (PR), Germany, Iran and Turkey.

Visas

Required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. British nationals are no longer able to obtain Tajik visas on arrival at Dunshanbe Airport and must apply to an embassy in person.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa Note

An invitation, either official or private, may be necessary for visits to Tajikistan by some nationals; and some nationals can obtain a visa upon arrival; check with nearest embassy (see Contact Addresses). The length of stay should be specified on the invitation, which must be endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tajikistan. A visa can then be issued by the nearest Tajikistan Embassy. Special visas must also be obtained by those wishing to visit the Gorno-Babakhshan region (the Pamir Mountains). Tourists can apply for a letter of invitation from the State National Travel Agency, 14 Pushkin Street, Dushanbe 734 095, Tajikistan (tel/fax: (372) 231 401). Some other areas, such as Nurek Hydroelectric Power Station or Lake Zorkul, also require special permission to visit.

(a) All visitors are required to register with the authorities within 72 hours of arrival. Hotels will usually arrange this; however, independent travellers will need to go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the local OVIR office themselves. (b) An HIV test is required by all foreigners planning to stay longer than 90 days. Foreign tests may be acceptable.

Types of Visa and Cost

Standard: 40 (seven days); 60 (15 days); 80 (30 days); 85 (45 days). Multiple-entry: 100 (one month); 115 (45 days). Express visas (processed in three days) cost double the given fee. Note: These costs apply to the embassy in Austria. US visas: US$80 (two weeks); US$90 (one month); US$100 (2 months); US$130 (3 months).

Validity

Dependent on purpose of trip.

Working Days Required

Seven to 10 (for standard visas). Express visas are issued in two to three days.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Tajikistan Airlines (website: www.tajikistan-airlines.com ).

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Dushanbe is approximately 8 hours.

Main Airports

Dushanbe Airport (DYU) is 1 mile (2km) south of the city. To/from the airport: Buses and trains run to the city centre throughout the day (journey time - 20 minutes). Taxis are also available (journey time - 5 minutes). Facilities: First aid, left luggage, chemist, post office, restaurants, snack bars, tourist information and nursery.

Getting There by Rail

Trains are the most reliable way of reaching Dushanbe for those not arriving by air. Passenger railways are, however, restricted at present. Dushanbe is connected to a spur of the Trans-Caspian Railway which winds down to the Afghan border in Uzbekistan before heading north towards Dushanbe. Travellers are advised to sit with their back to the engine, as throwing rocks at the windows of passing trains seems to be a popular pastime among local children. The journey from Tashkent to Dushanbe takes approximately 22 hours; from Moscow it takes approximately four days. Khojand in the north of the country can be reached directly from Samarkand in Uzbekistan. There is also a train service between Dushanbe and Volgograd in the Russian Federation.

Getting There by Road

Tajikistan can be approached by road from Uzbekistan, subject to occasional unannounced border closures and snow. Cars with a Tajik registration, however, are not allowed to enter Uzbekistan, unless the vehicle belongs to a government body. A road runs into China (PR), note tour.tk but it is not open to foreigners. The border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan is officially closed. Note tour.tk: There is a border crossing from Sary Tash in Kyrgyzstan into Tajikistan leading to the Pamir Highway. (see visa note for Gorno-Babakhshan permit)
 
Bus: Services have been severely disrupted by border closures and should not be relied upon. A service normally operates connecting Dushanbe with Tashkent and Samarkand.
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