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by Christian77
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: tash rabat caravanserai - why remote location?
Replies: 2
Views: 151

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: 366

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: 366

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 ...
by Christian77
Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Couchsurfing in Uzbekistan - Experiences? Tips?
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: Couchsurfing in Uzbekistan - Experiences? Tips?

This is a hard no. Stay only with women or families. You should only stay with a man if he has a large number of positive recommendations from solo female travelers. But even then..... I had a to "rescue" a solo female traveler who arranged to stay with a family, but then had the guy attempt to take...
by Christian77
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A
Replies: 99
Views: 12013

Re: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A

Grats Christian! Enjoy your travel :) Thanks! And for those of you applicants from Indian, Pakistan or Arab countries who may be reading this, definitely try for a traditional tourist visa (at an embassy if your country has one) before the evisa attempt. You may have better luck that way, it certai...
by Christian77
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A
Replies: 99
Views: 12013

Re: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A

I just got my visa approved (Canadian passport). This is the timeline, with some relevance for those of you who may get a request for more information or more documents: Submitted and paid July 11th Received request for better quality scan/photo of my passport on July 23rd Approved on July 27th The ...
by Christian77
Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: 4G signal boosting for van in Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: 4G signal boosting for van in Kyrgyzstan

I know nothing about 4G signal boosters, but I do use offline downloaded satellite images on the ground. It's a mix of cached Google satellite maps and one of the maps apps (Caltopo) I used that can save satellite imagery to my phone or computer for offline use (Maxar and weekly Sentinel images). Th...
by Christian77
Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A
Replies: 99
Views: 12013

Re: Tajikistan Corona travel restrictions / e-visa issues Q&A

The evisa application office is clearly working, but...they said my application was not acceptable as my uploaded image of my passport was not acceptable: "Dear Applicant, passport scanned copy in your evisa application is incorrect, please upload new one in better quality." Sort of funny, since it ...
by Christian77
Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Khujand-Tashkent (Oybek) report, July 2021
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Khujand-Tashkent (Oybek) report, July 2021

A tourist helpfully narrated his border crossing from Khujand to Tashkent. It's all in Hindi, but he seems to have had no problems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRUBCtb5dtM&ab_channel=AKRAJPUTJ%26K. Here he is getting his Covid test results from a clinic in Khujand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by Christian77
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Private Car / Flight Dushanbe - Khorog
Replies: 9
Views: 1117

Re: Private Car / Flight Dushanbe - Khorog

One local driver is reporting that the cost for a seat for locals (Dushanbe to Khorog) is now $40, and say it is due to the cost of fuel and demand by passengers (Pamiris from Dushanbe visiting their relatives and getting out of the heat, etc.), and nothing to do with the security situation on the o...