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by Christian77
Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan goes visa-free in 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Tajikistan goes visa-free in 2022

Really exciting news! Does this mean that a GBAO permit is also not needed? We're still waiting for the full details. Visa-free entry that doesn't include GBAO would be super annoying. You wouldn't be able to enter via Osh/Pamir Highway, and a visit that direction that starts in Dushanbe would requ...
by Christian77
Wed Nov 10, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan goes visa-free in 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Tajikistan goes visa-free in 2022

Yippiee! Now it it will be possible for Europeans to travel from Samarkand to Osh AND pass though all those exclaves in southern Kyrgystan visa free. No I'm not a masochist. Uzbek customs controls are fun! :lol: Theoretically, yes. In practice, I would not count on it... But give it a try and let u...
by Christian77
Wed Nov 10, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan goes visa-free in 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Tajikistan goes visa-free in 2022

Good news but strangely ( for me ) no UK! Any reason for this? And also, given recent events close by, why have these changes happened? Why no UK? Maybe they forgot it existed. Maybe it's an accidental exclusion. Maybe they are still angry at the UK (a few years back many in the security services b...
by Christian77
Tue Nov 09, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan goes visa-free in 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Tajikistan goes visa-free in 2022

Tajikistan is going visa-free for 52 countries in 2022. The maximum stay is 30 days, which is good for most people (not for me, but for most tourists). http://asiaplustj.info/ru/news/tajikistan/politics/20211109/tadzhikistan-vvodit-odnostoronnii-bezvizovii-rezhim-dlya-grazhdan-52-stran Notable exclu...
by Christian77
Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports
Replies: 64
Views: 29423

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Here's a fun video report of a crossing from Uzbekistan to Tajikistan. Uploaded just now, but it seems to be from July or August: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX9KhXG ... aMarkarova

Always carry water, cash and toilet paper.
by Christian77
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: PCR test in Tashkent
Replies: 1
Views: 135

PCR test in Tashkent

I needed a PCR test to get on my flight in Tashkent (to a transfer connection in Istanbul). I had a good experience getting a quick test. Summary: "Intermed Innovation" Covid testing facility by the Alay/Oloy bazaar 5-10 minutes walk from Abdulla Qodiriy/Kadiry metro station With no lines, 5-10 minu...
by Christian77
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports
Replies: 64
Views: 29423

Panjakent to Samarkand border crossing

I just arrived in Samarkand from Panjakent, and the crossing went smoothly. Details: Direction: from Tajikistan to Uzbekistan Visa: Canadian passport, 30-day visa-free entry Costs: 100,000 Uzbek Som for 10-20 minute Covid test (throat/mouth swab) on the Uzbek side Time at border: 90 minutes (1 hour ...
by Christian77
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: tash rabat caravanserai - why remote location?
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: tash rabat caravanserai - why remote location?

One reasonable suggestion by an academic is that the new construction in the 15th century (on top of the old Nestorian and then Buddhist monastery) was by the new military authorities in the region, and that it was built as a seasonal shelter for a small military detachment (I suppose good for keepi...
by Christian77
Wed Aug 11, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Flight to and arrival in Tajikistan (visa and Covid procedures)
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Flight to and arrival in Tajikistan (visa and Covid procedures)

This is a forum for travel information. I speak Tajik. So I asked the Tajiks at the Istanbul airport about their PCR tests (they have a great sense of humor, unlike you). I talked to people who work at the airport. And now I provide this information to other travelers, as they likely wouldn't have a...
by Christian77
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Flight to and arrival in Tajikistan (visa and Covid procedures)
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Flight to and arrival in Tajikistan (visa and Covid procedures)

Quick report on the arrival to Tajikistan, with some bureaucratic info that may be helpful: Both in Canada and in Istanbul when I changed planes, employees of Turkish airlines asked to see both my e-visa and my PCR Covid test. However, in the airport in Dushanbe there were plenty of people lined up ...