Tajikistan shares borders with Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and China. Due to conflicts, natural disasters or diseases, the border crossings close unpredictably. Do ask around before you set off.
To see the exact location of all border posts, check the Silk Road border crossing map on the overview page. For more information on getting around Tajikistan, see transport in Tajikistan. For more info on visa requirements, check out the Tajikistan visa chapter.
Immigration card & scams
The immigration card has been abolished, and thus, this scam should no longer work.
When exiting, you will be asked for your immigration card: make sure you get one when you enter Tajikistan, border guards tend to forget you need one, in which case you will have to pay a bribe. It is unclear if you actually need one according to the law, but most border guards insist on it, so don’t lose it to avoid issues.
Pamir Highway checkpoints are another place border guards can ask for money, but this also seems to be a thing of the past since 2018.
Border crossing map
This map is schematic and only depicts the main border crossings of Tajikistan. For all border crossings and their precise location, see the map at Border crossings of the Silk Road. Status (open or closed) is detailed below.
- Konibodom (Patar)
- Batken – Isfara
- Denau – Tursunzade
- Shir Khan Bandar – Panji Poyon
- Karamyk – Jirgital
Tajikistan – Uzbekistan border crossings
Crossing into Uzbekistan comes with quite a few peculiarities, see Uzbekistan’s border crossings for the full list.
Generally straightforward crossing between Khujand and Tashkent. Open 24/7. Updates in this post.
Uzbekistan -> Tajikistan: A direct bus runs between Tashkent and Khudjand (5h, 50 000 sum). It starts at the bus station of Sobir Rahimov near the subway with the same name. After buying the ticket, this might be a good time to change your remaining money back into usd. At the border the rate is lower, and in Tajikistan you will get nothing for your som.
Alternatively, go to Kuyluk (Kuluk, Kulyuk, Koylok, Qo’lok) Bazaar in Tashkent. Bus #12 runs from the train station to Koylok bazaar. From the bazaar to Oybek you have two choices: You can take a taxi (including shared taxis – 15000 sum for a seat, 60000 sum for the car) or a bus going to Bekobod for 5500 sum (you get off at Oybek, aka Chanak).
A marshrutka ride to the border takes 2 hours, 1,5 hr by taxi. Once across the border, you can take a shared taxi to Buston (5 somoni), then a minibus to Khujand (7 somoni).
Tajikistan -> Uzbekistan: No reports on where the new direct bus from Khudjand to Tashkent starts yet.
The old way: from Khujand, local minibus 33 goes directly to the bus station from where taxis and minibuses depart to Buston. Minibus is 7 Somoni, another 4 somoni for a shared taxi from the Buston bus station to the Oybek border. Taxis from Khujand to the border start from 80 somoni for the car.
On the Uzbek side of the Oybek border taxi drivers are waiting (10$/car). A bit further away on the main road, marshrutkas pass by occasionally.
There are no money changers outside the border post on the Tajik side. However, there is a ‘Duty Free’ hut inside the Tajik border post where you can apparently change money. There are money changers on the Uzbek side.
Konibodom – Beshariq (Patar)
On the Khojand – Kokand road heading to Fergana Valley. Updates in this post.
Taj – > UZ: There are plenty of share taxis going from Khujand to Konibodom. In Khujand, get any marshrutka south bound on Linen street to avtostansia. From the bus station to Konibodom (also Isfara for Kyrgyz) it’s 8 somoni/one hour journey. From Konibodom, you can take Mashrutka #114 to the border post, which is the end of the line. The small shop nearby can change somoni to Uzbek som.
Once in Uzbekistan you’re really out in the middle of nowhere, taxis may or may not be waiting. From Beshariq, a bus goes to Kokand.
Uz -> Taj: Taxi from Fergana to the crossing takes about an hour, around 15000 sum for a seat. Once out, you may or may not be able to get a marshrutka to Konibodom bus station, otherwise you need to catch a taxi ride. From there, you can negotiate a taxi or minibus to Khujand, 1 hour.
Border crossing between Samarkand and Penjikent/Fann mountains/Dushanbe. This crossing has reopened in 2018. Money changers are available on the Uzbek side, or in Penjikent at the bank or ATM. The forum topic for Penjikent border crossings collects reports and updates.
UZ -> TAJ: From central Samarkand, take a shared taxi at the registon bekati bus stop to the Kaftarxona bus station east of the city (2000-3000 sum/seat). From there, take transport to the border: shared taxi (40 minutes, 20.000 sum/seat) or marshrutka (5000 sum). You are dropped off 1 km before the border and need to walk the last bit. Once past the border, shared taxis await to Penjikent (10 somoni) or straight to Dushanbe (5 hr, 100 somoni/seat).
TAJ -> UZ: In Dushanbe, the station is about 10 km north from Dushanbe. You can take bus 3A until the final stopor a taxi for 30 somoni. Price to Penjikent is 80-100 somoni/seat.
In Penjikent, shared taxis to the border gather near the entrance of the bazaar (8-10 somoni). You can exchange money at the bazaar or with your driver. After crossing, take a shared taxi. Alternatively, take bus 273 to Kaftaxona station, wherefrom you can take bus 41/74 to Registan.
Denau – Tursanzade
Uzbek border guards at this crossing are the worst in the country. Definitely check your medications. Border works 24/7. Public transport and shared taxis are available. Direct transport to the border is expensive for solo travellers as route is lightly travelled. Updates in this post.
Uzbekistan -> Tajikistan. Samarkand to border: Shared taxi at the Grebnoy Kanal/Betonka stop outside of the city. 50$ direct to the border for the entire car (7-8 hours). Other taxis will charge 80-90$. Border to Dushanbe: 5-10$ per person direct to hotel in Dushanbe, around 1h drive.
Tajikistan -> Uzbekistan. Zanisar bazaar in Dushanbe to Tursanzade: marshrutka 70mins, 5 TJS, or taxi for 50 TJS whole car. Tursanzade to border: shared taxi, 10 mins, 7 TJS. After immigration, there are limited options, not many people. Border to Denau: shared taxi, 2$. Denau to Samarkand: long wait for a shared taxi, 8hrs. A taxi straight from the border can be had starting from 50$ (whole car) but likely you will pay more.
Ilyos (+998 91 585 74 06) is a taxi driver who lives near the border and comes recommended. There is a hotel in Denau (Denau Hotel) 2min by car from station. If this is full about 3kms along same road is Euro-Asia hotel but is pricey (S180,000) and comes with free bad attitude.
You can also take the train. The Tashkent-Samarkand-Denau service takes about 15 hours (11 hrs from Samarkand) and runs from Tashkent on odd days, and from Denau on even days. From Denau, it’s 40km to the Tajik border by taxi, and then another hour to Dushanbe.
Border crossing between Khujand and Namangan. Open since 2018 – not a common route for foreign travelers.
In the south, connecting Shahrtuz with Termez. The forum collects Gulbahor crossing reports.
On both sides of the border taxis and marshrutki are available. Between the border posts you have to use a marshrutka for 1 somoni or 1000 som.
TJ -> UZ: A block or so south of Sokhovat Bazaar there are cars going to Shahrtuz. 50 somoni/seat, 3h drive. Get dropped off in the bazaar. Don’t forget to visit the 44 springs, and exchange your somoni before you head to Uzbekistan.
A little north from the bazaar, by the bank, there are cars going to the border for 30 somoni/seat, 1h drive (tajik: sarhad, Russian: Granitza. Or they might just say Termez). If you go in the morning, the wait shouldn’t be too bad.
On the Uzbek side, a marshrutka to Termez is 10 000 sum.
With the warming of relations between the 2 countries, it is possible that these border crossings have become international now. We don’t know. If you find out, please drop us a line.
Bekobod/Kushtegirmon: Border crossing between Khujand and Gulistan.
Khavastabad, Uchturgan & Qushkent: border crossings in the far-west panhandle of Sughd province. Uncertain of exact location and international status.
Tajikistan – Afghanistan border crossings
Shir Khan Bandar – Panji Poyon: The Friendship Bridge connects Dushanbe with Kunduz. It’s an important crossing for freight coming from China through Tajikistan into Afghanistan (and then to Iran). There has been talk about a railroad connecting Kashgar in China through Dushanbe with Kunduz, but it has not materialised yet. Public transport should be available on both sides.
July 2015: crossing the border is possible but not recommended. Kunduz is very unsafe at the moment. Better to head to Uzbekistan and cross from the Termez border. Two friends of mine paid $80 for a private taxi from Panji Poyon all the way to Kabul.
Ishkashim: Coming from Afghanistan, you will need to show a GBAO permit to enter Tajikistan. Coming from Tajikistan, you will need a Wakhan permit if you plan to travel past Sultan Ishkashim, which can be arranged by a tour operator once inside Afghanistan. A tour operator can also pick you up from the border if you don’t have your own transport.
The Tajik border opens at 0800-12.00 and then opens again at 14.00. The Afghan border is closed on Sunday. Opening times 09:00 – 11:30, 14:00 – 16:00.
Beware that it can get very hot there in summer, and the border is a 3km walk out of town on the Tajik side. Ishkashim is about 3 hours from Khorog. On the Afghan side, the border is about 5 km from the city of Sultan Ishkashim. Check our forum for the latest on this border and the Ishkashim border market, which has closed frequently in the past for different reasons (cholera, violence, mudslides), and ask around in Khorog. We have a forum topic for updates on the Khorog border market as well.
Khorog – Shegnan: A bridge connects Tajikistan with Afghanistan here, also known as the Tem – Demogan bridge. The border opens Monday to Friday from 9am-12am and 1pm-4pm. The road goes on to Shegnan Bazaar, and from June to the start of the winter snows, you can drive down to Shiva Lake in about 2 hours and then onwards to Baharak (another 4 hours from Shiva to Baharak, bypassing Warduj)…again, only when the snow melts after June.
Kokul – Ai Khanoum: Open for foreigners. Although this is an international border crossing (with customs and immigration checkpoints on both sides), there is NO BRIDGE. The only way to cross is on a decrepit ferry. It’s a ferry in name only; the boat holds only about five passengers arrayed wherever you can find a seat. There are no safety devices (vests). The main purpose the ferry exists is to tow a barge, usually filled with Pakistani cement, from Ai Khanoum, Afghanistan to Tajikistan. Previously there was a cable that pulled the barge back and forth, but it’s been broken for some time. The fee for crossing is $10 USD per passenger each way. Photos are prohibited on the Tajik side.
Kupruki Vanch – Jomarji Bolo: Bridge over the river Panj. Open to foreigners according to the UN.
Langar: Not open for foreigners. Not sure if it open for locals either. Might be an unoffical drug smuggling route instead.
Ruzvai-Nusai: Bridge over the Pyanj river connecting Afghanistan with Tajikistan. Open to foreigners according to the UN.
Khohon: A new border crossing point is due to be opened end of 2017.
Tajikistan – China border crossing
Qolma pass: Connecting the Pamir Highway and the Karakorum Highway. After a long period of confusion and difficult access, the Qolma/Kulma Pass between Murghab and Tashkurgan is now open to all foreigners. All details about the Qolma Pass crossing can be found here.
Tajikistan – Kyrgyzstan border crossings
When attempting to cross the high altitude borders between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, make sure that you have checked the weather.
Batken – Isfara
Easy crossing. Updates in this forum post. Uzbek exclaves are no longer a problem, Kyrgyzstan has built good new roads around them. In Tajikistan, however, the road on to Khujand passes briefly again through Kyrgyzstan. This can’t be avoided, but there are no checks. Find out more about enclaves.
Taj -> KG: Marshrutka run from Khojand to Isfara (2h, 10 somoni). Shared taxis run from Isfara to Batken (1h including border formalities, 10 somoni). Shared taxis run from Batken to Osh (3-4 hours, 600 som/seat).
KG -> TAJ: Drivers at the bus station in Batken pretend that there are no marshrutkas going to Isfara, just chartered taxis. This is not true, but the marshrutkas do not depart from the bus station. They leave from somewhere in the town centre, in front of a government building – just ask. It’s 50 som from Batken to the border by taxi.
Kulundu – Ovchi Kalacha
On the Khojand – Isfana road, this is a valid multilateral border crossing. Driving north out of Isfana (N.B. not Isfara), the first border crossing you encounter is actually bilateral only, but keep going a few km and you will find the multilateral border, which is much busier. Do not get confused! Reports collected here.
From Khudjand, marshrutka 92 will take you directly to the border. Cost: 3.50 Somoni. The bus stop is at repelled.torn.evaded (southern side of the road). From the border, shared taxis await to Isfana (150 som/seat)
Kyzylart – Bor Dobo
On the road from Sary Tash to Murgab. The broken windows, repurposed oil tanks, ravaged offices and lack of dress code on the Tajik side are straight out of Mad Max. The Kyrgyz side is normal. The border works 24/7.
By car, Sary Tash – Bor dobo takes 45 min. Bor dobo – Kyzylart: 1 hour. Kyzylart – Karakul: 1 hour.
You will need a GBAO permit to travel the Pamir Highway. For details on traveling from Osh to Karakul and Murghab, see Pamir Highway by public transport. Take your precautions if you are traveling over this high pass in wintertime. People have had to be rescued here in the past.
If you have a car, Tajik guards here are some of the worst, inventing all kinds of ‘taxes’. You do NOT need to pay the sanitation fee, nor any kind of road card, road tax, border tax, bicycle import tax, … The only fee you need to pay is the import tax for your car or motorbike. But border guards are so corrupt here, you can bribe your way out of that as well. We’ve even heard of people coming in without a visa through Kyzylart.
Not paying and standing your ground will take some time. Post your updates here.
Karamyk/ Jirigital – Daroot Korgan
Bilateral border crossing, not open to foreigners. It was briefly opened for international travelers during the unrest in Khorog in summer 2012. The road is being repaired now, though rumors about re-opening are as yet unconfirmed. Post your updates here.
August 2012: Dushanbe – Jirgatol: 150 som, 200 for Karamik border. There is a section in the middle that is gravel, but still very smooth going, no need for a 4wd. Border is in the middle of nowhere and pretty empty apart from heaps of trucks. It’s about 10kms along a dusty road between border posts.
On the other side, there is limited transport: quotes from 200 somoni to 600 Kyrgyz som for the ride from the border to Osh. Road on the Kyrgz side of the border is very good asphalt all the way. Absolutely no need for 4wd.
Madaniyat – Madaniyat
Open only for Kyrgyz and Tajiks.
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