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  • Overview

    The Republic of Tajikistan is a landlocked, mountainous country in central Asia with much to offer adventurers, mountaineers, and lovers of the road less travelled.

    Tajikistan became an independent nation with the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1990. It promptly fell into a bitter civil war until 1997, when a peace agreement led to the formation of a republic under the leadership of Emomali Rahmon. Subsequent elections have resulted in hard fought political stability where peace has prevailed, giving this impoverished country a chance at growth and prosperity.

    While the capital city of Dushanbe is famous for its Monday Market and Soviet-era statues, most visitors are drawn to the area because of its natural wonders. In the far west, the city of Khorog serves as a gateway to the magnificent Pamirs, perhaps the least-explored mountain range in the world. This vast region is difficult to access but rewards intrepid visitors with splendid Alpine vistas and endless mountaineering opportunities in unspoiled landscapes. Among the highlights of Tajik are the seven Muragazor Lakes which famously change colour throughout the day. Trekkers also come to Tajikistan to traverse the ancient Silk Road routes, and in doing so retrace journeys first taken three millennia ago connecting the east and the west.

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    Language:

    The official language is Tajik but Russian is also commonly spoken.

    Electricity:

    Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard.

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. A visa is required. Nationals of the United States can obtain a visa for a stay of up to 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

    UK nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. A visa is required. Visitors with British Passports can obtain a visa on arrival for up to 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

    CA nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. A visa is required. Nationals of Canada can obtain a visa on arrival for maximum stay of 45 at Dushanbe Airport.

    AU nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. A visa is required. Visitors from Australia can obtain a visa on arrival for a stay up to 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

    ZA nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. A visa is required. South African visitors can obtain a visa on arrival for up to 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

    IR nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. A visa is required. Irish visitors can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

    NZ nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. A visa is required. Visitors from New Zealand can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. E-visas can be obtained before departure and must have a printed confirmation. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

    Travel Health:

    Malaria is a concern in parts of Tajikistan and malaria medication is recommended in all areas below 2,000 metres (6,562ft). Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid and travellers should be up to date on vaccinations for tetanus-diphtheria, polio and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella).

    Medical facilities are extremely limited in Tajikistan and some essential medications are in short supply. Comprehensive travel health insurance is necessary and travellers should take along all required medications, in their original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what they are and why they are needed. It is inadvisable to drink tap water.

    Local Customs:

    Although the country has a secular constitution, the culture of Tajikistan is predominantly Islamic and tourists should be careful to respect Islamic tradition. Modest clothing is expected, but women are not required to cover their heads. Men should not enter a house where only women are present and vice versa. It is polite to remove your shoes when entering a house. When greeting someone, you may shake hands, but it shows respect to also bow slightly with your hand placed over your heart. Homosexuality is frowned upon. Travellers should carry a photocopy of their passports at all times as requests to produce an ID are frequent.

    Duty Free:

    Travellers over 20 years of age are allowed to import 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco; 2L of spirits; perfume for personal use; and a reasonable amount of goods for personal use and gifts. Note that it is illegal to import the local currency.

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