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.
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).
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.
E-visas for tourists cannot be extended beyond 45 days.
Visas for Onward Travel
Only gives visas to long-term residents. Apply elsewhere.
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.
- 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.