Tajikistan Travel Information
There are increasingly stringent entry and exit
restrictions, as well as travel restrictions between
Responsible Embassy is home-based ambassador in Oslo:
Ole Johan Bjørnøy, Ambassador to Tajikistan, Section for
Russia, Eurasia and Regional Cooperation, Ministry of
Travelers to Tajikistan are encouraged to exercise
caution. The traffic picture can be chaotic and there is
a lot of unruly driving. Dark driving on country roads
is not recommended. Exposed roads are rarely secured.
Some stretches may be impassable during winter.
Norwegians traveling to Tajikistan should have valid
travel insurance as the National Insurance Scheme does
not cover expenses related to illness or accidents.
Everyone who is going to the region should register
at reiseregistrering.no. Due to frequent police checks,
it is advisable to always bring your passport, as well
as a copy of both passports and visas.
In the border areas of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and
Afghanistan, as well as in some places in the Rasht
Valley, there are some unexplored mines. The mines are
mainly located off the beaten track and the areas are
usually well marked.
Tajikistan is located in a seismically active area.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Tajikistan is
considered low but cannot be ruled out. Traveling
Norwegians are advised to stay away from any calls for
protests and demonstrations, which are being hard-fought
by the authorities.
- Countryaah: Dushanbe is the capital
of Tajikistan. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Norwegians must register with the authorities within
three days of arrival. Failure to register can result in
fines and deportation. Normally, the hotel will be able
to handle registration and it is therefore normal to
dispose of the passport. Traveling Norwegians should
make sure to get a copy of the passport while
registering. For longer stays, the traveler must ensure
that the registration is valid at all times.
In the event of a crisis or emergency, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 00 00. E-mail: UDops@mfa.no
The German embassy in Dushanbe offers Norwegians in
Tajikistan to register on the embassy's list for crisis
management and consular affairs. For more information on
registration see the websites of the German Embassy in
Who can ask for assistance? All Norwegian citizens
can request assistance, but also refugees or stateless
persons residing in Norway can expect assistance during
a temporary stay abroad. Persons who move abroad to
settle there or to stay there for at least 6 months
must, before departure, report to the National
Population Register in the place of residence or
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens who wish to visit Tajikistan must
apply for a visa. This is done via the electronic portal
of the Tajik Foreign Ministry. Travelers must be aware
that entry into the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region
(GBAO) requires a special permit in addition to a
regular visa. GBAO, with the Pamir Mountains and
spectacular scenery, is a favorite destination for
tourists and constitutes about half of Tajikistan's
The authorization can be obtained at Tajik embassies
and consulates, or by submitting an application to the
Tajik Foreign Ministry or the Ministry of the Interior's
Visa and Registration (OVIR) Department upon entry into
the country. The Tajik authorities encourage sponsoring
organizations (tourist agencies etc.) to apply for
permission in good time. The GBAO special permit is a
separate note in the passport that is not written on the
visa. The regime is strictly enforced and travelers
arrested in GBAO without permission run the risk of
Tajikistan Embassy in London:
Embassy of Tajikistan
3 Shortlands, Hammersmith, London, W6 8DA
Phone: +44 (0) 203 609 8788
More information about visa to Tajikistan via the
country's embassy in London can be found here.
Tajikistan Embassy in Berlin: Embassy of the
Republic of Tajikistan in the Federal Republic of
Perlebergerstr. 43, 10559 Berlin
Telephone: + 49 30 347 93 00 Fax: + 49 30 347 93 029/347
Coronavirus (covid-19): No cases of
the coronavirus in Tajikistan have been reported so far.
However, cases have been recorded in all countries
bordering the five Central Asian countries. China is
relatively large in all five Central Asian countries.
However, Tajikistan has taken measures such as stricter
border control and temperature screening on arrival. The
situation may change rapidly and may, for example, lead
to quarantine after entry. It is recommended to keep
abreast of developments in planning travel to
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Vaccines that may be appropriate before entering
Tajikistan may include hepatitis A, diphtheria and
tetanus, typhoid fever, and drug malaria prophylaxis.
For updated recommendations on vaccination before
departure, see information from the Norwegian Institute
of Public Health.
The hospitals in Tajikistan do not meet Western
standards, and competence and materials are lacking,
even in the capital. It is not common for health
professionals to know Western languages.
For Immediate Help -
Ministry of Emergency Situations (24hrs) Tel. +992 372
Tel. +992 372 231 311
Tel. +992 372 369 474
From local phones 111
ˇ°Shifoˇ± Diagnostic and Medical Center
Tel.: (992 372) 227-1814
3, Lohuti street Dushanbe
Prospectus Medical Clinic Tel: (+992 37) 224 3092
Fax: (+992 37) 224 3062
33, Sanoi Street Dushanbe
Note that the National Insurance Scheme does not
normally cover expenses that Norwegians in Tajikistan
have to bear in connection with illness and accidents.
It is therefore strongly recommended to have valid
Tap water is not recommended for cooking and drinking
and food poisoning occurs relatively frequently.
The area code for calls from Norway to Tajikistan is
+992. The telephone lines are of varying quality.
Calling abroad is expensive. GSM coverage is good in the
Tajikistan is at GMT + five hours.
The voltage of the power supply in Tajikistan is 220
volts, 50 Hz. The tensile strength can often be
variable. The contact plug is the same as in Norway. The
Internet domain is.tj. Although in recent years things
have improved somewhat in some places, large parts of
the country are still severely affected by chronic power
outages throughout the year. Some areas only have
electricity for four hours a day.
In the big cities there are more and more ATMs, but
not in the countryside. With the exception of
international hotels, cards are usually not accepted as
a means of payment. The national currency is Tajik
Somoni. It is easiest to exchange from US dollars. Euro,
Russian rubles and Chinese yuan are also easy to
Official Holidays in Tajikistan: January 1 - First
New Year's Day, March 8 - International Women's Day,
March 21 - Nauruz Pre-Muslim (Persian) New Year, May 1 -
Workers' International Match Day, June 27 - in memory of
the 1997 peace treaty, September 9 - Independence Day
(USSR), November 6 - Constitution Day, November 9 -
National Reconciliation Day.
The people of Tajikistan are very hospitable. Still,
you sometimes run into people who see service as a
Tajikistan has a secular system of government and
most Tajiks are Sunni Muslims. Many Tajiks, especially
women, dress in traditional clothing, but there are no
special requirements for clothing or headgear. There are
also no special restrictions on the sale and consumption
As a traveler you should respect local traditions and
customs and be aware that your actions do not offend the
culture and religion of the country.
Be careful about taking pictures in places that may
be perceived to have military and/or security interests.
All possession and use of drugs is totally prohibited
and can result in lengthy prison sentences. It is
recommended to carry a passport or a certified copy of
the passport at all times due to frequent police checks.
Tajik, which is closely related to Dari and Farsi, is
the official language of the country and the native
language of most of its inhabitants. Russian also has
official status and still plays a significant role in
the capital, Dushanbe, although the language is on the
way back. The Tajik elite still speaks good Russian, and
the large number of male foreign workers who travel to
Russia each year means that travelers will be able to
understand themselves in Russian in most places. English
is not widely used, but is also on the rise here.