All about Tajikistan. Expert: Pamirski, Christian77
Hi All, update on this: I was unsuccessful in Dushanbe despite giving it my best effort. In Khorog, T-Cell shop gave me a SIM card with very little fuss. I had to wait about 15 minutes during which time, as I understand it, they were getting the ID of a local with which to register the SIM card. Didn't even want my passport. So with this experience, and also other posters saying how hassle-free it was getting a SIM card OUTSIDE of Dushanbe, my advice is to do just that - save yourself a day of wasted effort and enjoy Dushanbe instead!
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I was successful in getting a Megafon SIM card today in Dushanbe. Apparently the only company that gives SIM cards to foreigners. I went with a local as I speak no Tajik, and the process took about 5 minutes. A passport was needed, with 60 somoni for the cheapest package available for tourists. It included 450 free minutes and 1GB data for a month.
Did the Megafon sim card get much reception along the Pamir Highway or Wakhan Valley? I've read mixed reports, but it sounds like coverage is very bad (mostly non-existent) there.Koen wrote:Megafon simcart you can get in murghab at the official store. Only need a passport.
Also in khorog in the official store it was possible. (I only got help with a recharge there)
I bought my SIM card on August 19 and my SIM card price was included in the offer, so I paid only 39 TJS for 1GB and some minutes. Maybe I was really lucky to get the last included SIM cards before the changesheepbuttfat wrote:Fyi the communications ministry just announced that starting august 20th the cost of a sim-card will increase to 250 tjs...roughly 25 dollars.
As for registration, the staff did ask me for the address in Tajikistan and I gave my hotel address. I said that I just arrived and I have not even passed at the hotel yet, and they did not ask me for registration papers. They only copied my passport and e-visa printout. Maybe this could be a good excuse for any traveler.
I did it in the Megafon office on the western side of the Rudaki street halfway between the Ayni square and the train station. It was even open on Sunday.
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