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Mtncanyon
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Re: Tajik E Visa Registration

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I called US embassy. They called Ministy of Foreign Relations. An Evisa is the same as a tourist visa. No registration needed for up to 30 days. If you confront this problem my advice is to pull out your phone, tell them above and call, or act as if you are. Don't pay
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Wildcamel
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Re: 45 day Tajik Visa registration update

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Crossing from Tajikistan to China the border guards made me pay what I thought was a fine for not registering...even though I had only been four days in the country. I didn't know the law well so I had no choice but to pay (100 somoni). Can somebody find that law and so I can print it out and show the guard next time...that tourists don't need to register in 30 days?
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Re: 45 day Tajik Visa registration update

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You crossed the Tajik-China border at Qolma, between Murghab and Tashkurgan?

As for your 'fine,' you were simply scammed.
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Re: 45 day Tajik Visa registration update

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Yes....after getting on the internet it does seem like I was scammed. What a horrible feeling. Tajikistan is a lovely country but the police and border officials are all bandits and scam artists. Is there any place online that has the law so that I can avoid being scammed in the future.

Yes...I crossed the Kumla two days ago. In Murghab they said it couldn't be done, and I was told that again at the fence thirty kilometers from the border, and again at the border.

The top officials on the Chinese side seemed to know that it was possible...but everybody else was rather surprised I think. It took all day and a lot of insisting that it was possible...but in the end it was.

If you don't speak any local language it might be hard to do from the Kyrgyz side...but I think if you cross from China to Tajikistan they shouldn't give you any trouble.

They may also try and scam you at the border as they did to me.
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khojandi
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Re: Tajik E Visa Registration

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Totally a scam. I've encountered this kind of shake-down before many times in Tajikistan. My last encounter - Tajik KGB in Khovaling declared that I needed to register with OVIR at every single nohia/district I arrived in or face a fine. To some extent, this could be just misinformation - as in many police/servicemen may genuinely not know what the rules are as info is not distributed well, so they're going on what Soviet-era commanders recall.

My advice in a shakedown - ask for a kvitansiya/receipt. If no one is ready to show the rule book and produce a receipt, then it is almost definitely a shakedown.
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Re: Tajik E Visa Registration

Post by gonzalo.bonini »

No need of registration for 45 days, e-visa

Hello all! Good news. I have just came from the OVIR in Khoroug (is the one near the airport, not the other one in Lenin street that you can see in maps.me)

I entered the place, after turning off my phone I went in the office where a kind lady asked for my passport. Checked my e-visa, and said to the local that was with me: for tourist visa you don't need registration (as far as I knew this was not something new, you can stay 30 days without it)

But she said "chelo-panj rus, no registration". Forty five days without registration, the total length of the visa, something quite logical when they give you 45 by default. I asked again, told her that I saw in many websites that it was only for 30 days. Just to be clear, there was a local with me, someone that's fluent in English; so any misunderstanding due to my poor Russian and Tajik is not valid here, she said exactly what I write here.

She smiled, gave my passport back and said that I don't need registration being a tourist. This was on 10/4/2017, I will update this after going out of the country (around May).

Happy travels! A hug from the sunny Khoroug :)
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Re: Tajik visa registration

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Confirmation that you don't need OVIR if you are staying in Tajikistan more than 30 days if you have 45 days E-Visa (It has to be E-Visa). We asked directly at OVIR in Dushanbe and didn't have any problem at Dushanbe airport too.
(September 2018 - 33 days).
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unique
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Re: Tajik visa registration

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I can also confirm, that no registration at OVIR is necessary on a 45 days tourist e-visa (must be e-visa). We've arrived in Tajikistan on 23rd of August, 2018. Although our local tour guide said no registration is necessary, but just to be on a safe side, we went to OVIR in Khorog and a nice lady explained to us that no registration is necessary if you are on e-visa. We had no problems on any of the checkpoints as well as leaving the country from Dushanbe airport.
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