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Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:31 am
by moffy
Hello, we crossed the Eshkashim border check point in July. Got visas at Khorog, very easy process. If nobody is at the gate you can go to the building about 200m down the road towards Eshkashim to get someone.

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:03 am
by VTrembleySF
I saw the past post was some time ago on this subject but wondering if anyone might know if the Ishkashim border safe to cross currently? Was planning on going in early January - is the Saturday bazar still open in the winter? Can you still cross with a Tajik visa if they hold your passports?

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:24 pm
by MattUK
Recently back from Tajikistan. The soldiers at the nearby Tajik military post told us that the Afghan bazaar was due to reopen after Kurban Eid (i.e. 10/11th September 2017).

Regarding safety on the Afghan side, I didn't hear any reports of the insurgency since the May 2017 stuff in Zebak. I guess just bear in mind that you're heading into a country without a decent grip on its internal security. As ever though, your chances of being in a road accident are statistically far higher than getting caught up in terrorist incident. Hope that's comforting!

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:57 pm
by robert
The Ishkashim border market was still closed last week.

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:27 am
by tatterdemalion
From what I heard in Kabul about the area from expats and locals, it certainly doesn't sound like it's a safe time to go.
Visiting Eshkashem itself shouldn't be a problem but venturing further I wouldn't

On the whole, the situation in Afghanistan is worsening day by day.

Again, this is all from what I've heard, but at the same time, I've not heard a single account to contradict it.

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:21 am
by tatterdemalion
I should have posted this over a month ago.

There were two Australians that bribed or somehow lost $2000 to the border police exiting here.

From what I heard they might have been quite naïve as they thought they were the first tourists in Afghanistan for two years...

Either way, if anyone is passing through here this is extra reason to hide your money.

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 6:25 pm
by dashtnavard
Hi, any 2018 report on Ishkasim border crossing? Is it open?

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 4:56 pm
by htatche
The season for the Pamir is about to start so we should be getting input soon, I hope.

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 6:02 am
by laurent_rio
How about border market in Iskashim , is it still operated ?

Re: Ishkashim border crossing: open or closed?

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 7:56 am
by ventureforthphoto
I am planning a trip to the Afghan Wakhan for this summer, and so have been in touch with a couple of guides on the Afghan side. They both report that the border crossing is open.