Region: North & Central Asia
Sunni and Ismaili Muslim
Tajik, Russian, Uzbek and about half a dozen Pamiri languages
Area (sq. km):
143,100 square meters
GMT +5 hours
Mid-latitude continental, hot summers, mild winters; semi-arid to polar conditions in the Pamir Mountains. Summer (June to September) – 40 degrees in northern, southern and central Tajikistan. Spring (March-May) – mild temperatures, but heavy snow in the mountains. Winter(Nov – Feb) -20 to -45 degrees
April, March, September + October
220 Volts – the plug is either two round pins or V shaped flat prongs.
Tajikistan food presents a blend of non-vegetarian dishes with clear Iranian influences and fruits and vegetables, especially in the summer. Like other Central Asian countries appetizers and soups, meat especially shashlyk and specially cooked rice – plov rice with meat shredding with many other garnishing) make up a typical Tajik meal. Some specific Tajik dishes are: Nahud Sambusa (chickpea samosas), Oshi siyo halav (herb soup) Tuhum Barak (egg filled ravioli coated with sesame oil) Chakka (curd mixed with herbs) Kurtob (bread yogurt, onion and coriander in a creamy sauce) Tea is the most common drink among the inhabitants of Tajikistan, although many restaurants also serve wine, beer and vodka.
We travel around Tajikistan in 4-wheel drive vehicles. Please expect to encounter extremely poor roads and prepare yourself for bumpy journeys.
Shops have fixed prices, but bargaining in bazaars is expected. Tipping runs counter to many people's Islamic sense of hospitality and may even cause offence. Therefore it is not usually expected in Tajikistan. Some restaurants make a 10% service charge, which is added to your final bill.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
Peregrine Adventures have partnered with The Visa Machine in order to provide the supporting documents (Letters of Invitation, Hotel Confirmations etc.) required for visas in this region to our travellers.
By logging onto The Visa Machine website via the links below you will be able to access checklists of what information and documents you will need to prepare as well as apply for the visa support documents you will need. More specific information is provided below for your trip, however for all countries we advise that you start your visa support application with The Visa Machine no later than 3 months before your trip is scheduled to enter each country in order to allow for the lengthy process, and where applicable, to apply for your visa in advance.
If you are visiting multiple countries, we recommend submitting a single application to The Visa Machine which contains all the information necessary for visiting each country. This will allow The Visa Machine to provide you with the most efficient customer service.
Please remember that applying for the necessary supporting documents as well as the visas is the responsibility of the traveller. Once you have submitted your application to The Visa Machine you will be contacted by their customer service team along with any further instructions.
The following country specific visa information was current at the time of writing. Please check with your local Embassy/Consulate for the most up to date information and requirements before applying for your visas.
Instructions and Information:
** All visitors to Tajikistan require a visa **
Please note our Local Operator will organise the Tajikistan Visa’s on your behalf. A scanned copy of your passport should be sent to The Visa Machine, by following the below instructions. A Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast Permit (GBAO Permit) is necessary for any travel to the Pamir’s and will be applied for en-route for the entire group. For your Tajikistan Visa please make sure that you have up to $200 USD in cash for the Tajikistan visa fee and 4 extra passport size photos, to give to your leader on Day 1 of the trip.
On the PCTJ trip you are also travelling to Uzbekistan. If you are crossing into Uzbekistan overland at a border crossing which we do on the PCTJ, you will need to get your Uzbekistan Visa in advance, (please ensure you allow enough processing time to get your LOI and send away your passport, if there is no consulate in your home country to get the Visa). Passengers can also obtain a Uzbekistan Visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan if travelling through there before entering Uzbekistan. Passengers would need to be in Bishkek for a couple of days (weekdays), when the Consulate is open to allow for processing times. ** Passengers MUST let Peregrine know if they plan to do this as Peregrine needs to make an appointment with the Bishkek Uzbekistan Embassy in advance, so you can obtain your Uzbekistan Visa. **
In order to obtain the documents required for the Tajikistan visa you will need to click on the below link to start the process with The Visa Machine:
Firstly please look at the Central Asia ‘CHECK LIST’ and make sure you have everything you need with you so you can start the process. The system doesn’t let you save your progress for later, so you must finish the entire application at the one time. If you are visiting multiple countries on your trip, the same information and documents may be required for different visas. Please make sure you carefully read the check list in order to eliminate any double up.
The Visa Machine will forward all required documents to our Local Operator and liaise with them to make sure they have everything they need to be able to successfully obtain a Tajikistan Visa on Day 1 of your trip . Once you are satisfied you have all information with you to apply for you visa support, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link and follow the instructions.
If you have any trouble with the online form or want to chase up the status of your application for Visa Support Documents please contact The Visa Machine on firstname.lastname@example.org or during UK working hours on +44(0) 207 148 6402.
The Australian Visa Machine office can be contacted about actual Visa Applications (not Visa supporting documents) on email@example.com or on +61 (2) 61 452 265.
Please note the Australian office cannot assist with Visa Supporting Documents and or chasers. These must be directed to the UK office.
• Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan by Kamoludin Abdullaev and Shahram Akbarzadeh
• Land Beyond the River: The Untold Story of Central Asia by Monica Whitlock
• Tajikistan: Disintegration or Reconciliation by Shirin Akiner
• Tajikistan: The Trials of Independence by Shirin Akiner, Mohammad-Reza Djalili and Frederic Grare
• Tajikistan and the High Pamirs by Robert Middleton, Huw Thomas and Markus Hauser