Tajikistan Basics

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The Basics


Time: GMT +5

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

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

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

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

Entry requirements for Americans: Passports must be valid for six months beyond the departure date. A visa is required. Nationals of the United States can obtain a visa for a stay of up to 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: Passports must be valid for six months beyond the departure date. A visa is required. Visitors with British Passports can obtain a visa on arrival for up to 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Passports must be valid for six months beyond the date of departure. A visa is required. Nationals of Canada can obtain a visa on arrival for maximum stay of 45 at Dushanbe Airport.

Entry requirements for Australians: Passports must be valid for six months beyond the date of departure. A visa is required. Visitors from Australia can obtain a visa on arrival for a stay up to 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

Entry requirements for South Africans: Passports must be valid for six months beyond the date of departure. A visa is required. South African visitors can obtain a visa on arrival for up to 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: Passports must be valid for six months beyond the departure date. A visa is required. Visitors from New Zealand can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Passports must be valid for six months beyond the date of departure. A visa is required. Irish visitors can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 45 days at Dushanbe Airport.

Passport/Visa Note: 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.