How to get a Tajikistan visa in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tashkent is the ideal place to get a Tajikistan visa on the road. The process is quick (we got it the same day), not too expensive (we paid 50$) and generally hassle-free.
Visa policy of Tajikistan
ⓐ No Visa – unlimited unless stated
Citizens of the following 9 countries can visit Tajikistan for an unlimited period without a visa (unless stated otherwise):
ⓑ Visa on arrival – 45 days
Citizens of the countries listed below are eligible for a visa on arrival for a stay of 45 days only on the condition that they fly into Dushanbe International Airport:
European Union European Union / EFTA, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen
ⓒ Applying for a visa – 30 days
Citizens from all countries not listed above, or those wishing to enter into Tajikistan via land, need to apply for a Tajikistan visa in advance. A list of Tajik embassies and consulates around the world can be found here.
Getting a Tajikistan visa in Tashkent
Price: $50 (30 days) – paid directly to the embassy
Waiting time: same day as application
Address: 6th passage, A.Qahhor Street 61, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
How to get there using public transport: If you are starting from Amir Timur Square, walk north two blocks to the corner of Shahrisabz kochasi and take bus #2 to Ul. Nukus, from there it is a short walk to the embassy. If you are starting from Tashkent Central Train Station, simply walk outside and catch buses #12 or #127 to the same stop on Ul. Nukus and walk from there.
Opening hours: Visa applications must be made between 9-11 a.m., you will then be informed at what time you can collect your visa (probably at 4-5 p.m.)
Documents: To apply for the visa you will need:
- your passport with 6 months validity after expiry of the visa and 2 empty pages
- 1 filled-out Tajikistan visa application form (which you collect from the basement across the road.
- 1 passport picture
Our experience: We arrived at the embassy at opening time. When it opened we were let in first because we were foreign tourists and we approached the window for the tourist visa section. The guy, who spoke English, told us we needed to collect the application forms from the basement of the building across the road.
This room was easy to find but there was chaos inside. Lots of people, 2 desks and a barrage of noise and pushing. We again pushed our way to the front shouting ‘tourists‘ (all’s fair in love and visa applications) and were given the application forms in English pretty quickly. We sat on the stairs, filled them out then thrust them back into the hand of the overworked application form manager (maybe he was the manager, who knows?) Please note: you must specify on what date you want to enter Tajikistan (we put 10 days in advance).
We took said forms back across the road to the embassy, again side stepped the crowds to get in and waited in line. The woman in front was begging for the process to be sped up as she was desperate to visit her sick child in Tajikistan. Evidently the man was unmoved as she looked decidedly unhappy when she walked past us and allowed us to get to the window. The man asked for the forms, one passport photo and after a little checking told us that we could collect the visa that very same day at 4 p.m. All that was left to do was curse our decision to put the visa start date for 10 days in the future!
If you got your visa at this embassy, please share your experience in the comments!
written by: Jon