Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Is the road, border or area open and accessible to foreigners? Is there danger?
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Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Postby VTrembleySF » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:03 am

I saw the past post was some time ago on this subject but wondering if anyone might know if the Ishkashim border safe to cross currently? Was planning on going in early January - is the Saturday bazar still open in the winter? Can you still cross with a Tajik visa if they hold your passports?
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Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Postby MattUK » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:24 pm

Recently back from Tajikistan. The soldiers at the nearby Tajik military post told us that the Afghan bazaar was due to reopen after Kurban Eid (i.e. 10/11th September 2017).

Regarding safety on the Afghan side, I didn't hear any reports of the insurgency since the May 2017 stuff in Zebak. I guess just bear in mind that you're heading into a country without a decent grip on its internal security. As ever though, your chances of being in a road accident are statistically far higher than getting caught up in terrorist incident. Hope that's comforting!
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Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Postby robert » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:57 pm

The Ishkashim border market was still closed last week.
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Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Postby tatterdemalion » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:27 am

From what I heard in Kabul about the area from expats and locals, it certainly doesn't sound like it's a safe time to go.
Visiting Eshkashem itself shouldn't be a problem but venturing further I wouldn't

On the whole, the situation in Afghanistan is worsening day by day.

Again, this is all from what I've heard, but at the same time, I've not heard a single account to contradict it.
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