Foreign travel advice

Tajikistan

Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

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The Tajik authorities have introduced temporary restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals into the country. Land border crossings between Tajikistan and neighbouring countries are closed to travellers. See Entry requirements.

Since 20 March all international scheduled flights to and from Tajikistan have been suspended. Very few flights have been announced, often at short notice. See Return to the UK for further details.

Terrorists are likely to try and carry out attacks in Tajikistan.

On 6 November 2019, it was reported that 17 people were killed in an armed attack on a Tajik security checkpoint in Rudaki District on the Tajik/Uzbek border, approximately 60km south-west of Dushanbe. The Tajik Government has said that Daesh/ISIS is responsible. Dushanbe remains calm, and there is no special police presence on the streets or at checkpoints. You should exercise caution and vigilance, particularly if travelling near or across the Tajik/Uzbek border. See Local travel and Terrorism

On 29 July 2018, 4 tourists were killed in a deliberate attack while cycling in the south of the country. You should exercise extreme caution and vigilance, particularly if hiking or cycling in the countryside. See Terrorism

There are regular clashes between the Taliban and Afghan government forces in north-east Afghanistan close to the border with Tajikistan. This border is also used by drug smugglers who often engage in armed clashes with Tajik security forces.

Check local advice before travelling to the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast in the East, as the area may be closed to visitors at short notice. Tensions in the regional capital, Khorog, have risen since September 2018. See Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast

There are occasional skirmishes along the disputed Tajik/Kyrgyz border. See Border areas

Tajikistan’s borders with neighbouring countries are subject to closure without notice. Check in advance which border posts are currently open. See Border crossings

Tourism, health and transport infrastructure is poor and travel requires careful planning. See Local travel

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance including evacuation by air ambulance before you travel. See Health