Uzbek–Tajik border crossings are prone to sudden unannounced closure and it's best to check the status of crossings immediately before departure. Caravanistan is a good resource for this. At the time of writing, the Penjikent–Samarkand and Karamyk borders remained resolutely closed but borders at Kyzyl-Art, Oybek and Isfara were functioning.

Visas

For most nationalities e-visas (US$50) are available online at www.evisas.tj. These e-visas are valid for 45 days and include the permit for GBAO (eastern Tajikistan).

Travel Permits

Several specific destinations, including Zor-Kul and the Tajik National Park, require permits, but these are easily organised in a matter of minutes by PECTA in Khorog. Only permits for Lake Sarez take time; these can also be arranged through PECTA.

Registration

Travellers with tourist visas are required to register with OVIR if they are intending to stay for more than 30 days. Registration must take place before the 30 days expire and this can be done in Dushanbe or at the OVIR in Khorog.

Visa Extensions

E-visas for tourists cannot be extended beyond 45 days.

Visas for Onward Travel

Afghanistan

A 30-day visa (from US$100 depending on nationality) requires a self-penned letter explaining motivation and route for travel, one photo and a copy of your passport. They are usually available the same or next day from either Dushanbe or Khorog.

China

Only gives visas to long-term residents. Apply elsewhere.

Uzbekistan

Many travellers continue to report long delays in applying for Uzbek visas from the Uzbek Embassy in Dushanbe, with or without a Letter of Invitation (LOI). Applying from Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) with a downloaded visa form (www.evisa.mfa.uz/evisa_en) is a better option.

Customs Regulations

  • Money Less than US$5000 does not need to be declared.
  • Goods 'Reasonable quantities' of licit goods for personal use can be imported without charge for those over 18 years of age.
  • Antiques and cultural valuables All items of antique or cultural value require special permission from Customs to be exported.