Tajikistan border - NO visa issued

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Tajikistan border - NO visa issued

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We are in Bishkek, Kyrgystan hoping to cross into Tajikistan via the Kyzl Art (Sary Tash) crossing, and have been refused a visa at the Tajik embassy in Bishkek apparently because of the "Shanghai Conference" being held soon in Dushanbe. Apparently no land crossing visa's are being issued as of one week ago for the entry period Sep 1st to 15th Sept 2014. We understand, though not yet confirmed that they are still issuing visas on arrival at Dushanbe Airport.
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Thank you for an important update!
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For a little clarity, was the embassy not issuing visas for entry dates between Sep 1-15 and is that the period that the borders will supposedly be closed? I can't see all the borders being closed but nothing would surprise me. What if someone entered in early Aug and their visa expires during Sep 1-15? They won't be allowed to leave? Something's not adding up...

I got a visa (but no GBAO permit) Aug 11 for entry Aug 24. I will actually try to enter Aug 26 and head straight to Dushanbe with the hope of getting the Pamir permit. Hopefully the border will be open before Sep 1.
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All borders should remain open. They just aren't giving out visas.
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Thanks a lot for the followup, Steven, and calming several people.

Did you happen to hear anything about ease of (or difficulty) obtaining GBAO permits in Dushanbe?
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I don't know, the situation is completely unpredictable but looking quite bad with regards to gbao. I got the message about the borders as well: after initially hearing they would remain open, I heard others who said they will be closed. Am gathering more opinions as we speak.
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I got through today at Saryasiya-Tursanzde, no problems whatsoever.
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The supposed border closure should start September 1st and end September 15th.
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As for GBAO, someone here at Yeti Hostel got one on her own at OVIR yesterday and said it was easy. I'm going tomorrow and will report back here.
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I plan to enter Tajikistan through Kizil Art right after they resume operations at the border. Is the day 15 september inclusive ? I wonder whether I can show up at the border on this day or maybe 16 sept.
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