Whatever the yardstick – geographic, linguistic, cultural, historical, economic – Tajikistan’s a country that revels in the obscure.

Most locals speak Tajik, a modern Persian dialect in a region overwhelmingly Turkic; the landscape is absurdly altitudinous, its borders a result of arbitrary Soviet demarcations; the economy is propped up by overseas migrant remittances and illicit drug trafficking; and archaeological attractions run the gauntlet of Buddhist stupas, Silk Road bazaars and Zoroastrian ruins... What’s not to intrigue? Culturally captivating and naturally arresting, Tajikistan – arguably the Stans’ least developed land – is as enigmatic as countries come.

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Tajikistan travel FAQs

Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage. 

All travellers are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

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All visitors to Tajikistan require a visa. You will need to obtain your visa & Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) permit online at the following link: https://www.evisa.tj/

Below is the information required for filling out the application form:

GBAO Permit - Yes

Purpose of visit type - Tourism

Purpose of visit - Tourism sightseeing or Tourism vacation

Group identifier - leave blank

Date of arrival - Day 5 of your trip

Address in Tajikistan - This will be supplied at time of booking

Upload your scanned, colour passport copy (no other documents are required) and submit the form for payment. You will then receive a link to download your e-visa. Please ensure you print a copy to bring with you on your trip.

In restaurants and eateries, yes. A 10 per cent gratuity is the standard for a decent meal and adequate service.

Internet cafes exist in the bigger cities, though don’t expect wireless connections available in hotels or cafes.

Roaming agreements are in place with most major international phone carriers, though coverage is mostly limited to urban areas.

Toilets in Tajikistan run the gamut of not-too-bad-at-all western-style toilets in plusher hotels and restaurants, very minimalist drop toilets everywhere else and ‘jeepers-creepers!’ in rural areas. Have emergency loo-paper with you wherever you go.

domestic 0.5 litre beer from a supermarket – 4.50 SM
cappuccino in a restaurant – 5.75 SM
three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant – 60 SM

No, Tajikistan’s tap water is non-purified and untreated. Stick to bottled water or fill a reusable canteen with the filtered water that will be available at some hotels. Also steer clear of ice in drinks and only eat fruit that can be peeled or vegetables that have been well cooked.

No. Don’t bank on being able to use your credit cards for any transactions. Tajikistan is overwhelmingly a cash-based economy.

ATMs – accepting Visa, Mastercard and Maestro – can be found in the major cities of Dushanbe, Penjikent, Khujand, Khorog, Isfara, Istaravshan and Qurghon-Teppa, plus a few smaller places besides. Some dispense US dollars, which (along with euros) are widely accepted. Try to carry with you small denominations, as small change for small purchases is in short supply.

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan New Year's Holiday
  • 8 Mar International Women's Day
  • 21 Mar Navruz Celebration
  • 22 Mar Navruz Celebration
  • 23 Mar Navruz Celebration
  • 24 Mar Navruz Celebration
  • 1 May International Day of Solidarity
  • 9 May Victory Day
  • 25 Jun Idi Ramazon / Ramadan Celebration
  • 26 Jun Idi Ramazon / Ramadan Celebration Holiday
  • 27 Jun Day of National Unity / Reconciliation
  • 1 Sep Idi Qurbon / Kurban Bayram Celebration
  • 9 Sep Independence Day
  • 11 Sep Independence Day Holiday
  • 6 Nov Constitution Day
  • 16 Nov President's Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Tajikistan go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/tajikistan/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Dushanbe Independence Monumnet, Tajikistan

How we're giving back

In Tajikistan, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.