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Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:28 am
by buddy__
Hello,

I'm planning on driving (own car) from Samarkand to Dushanbe through the Penjikent border crossing but am having trouble planning this route and how long it will take (road conditions, etc.). Can this be done in a single day? or will it likely take longer?

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:06 am
by PaulGSA05
We arrived on juni 22 2019 in Samarkand. We left Dusjanbe at 5 o’clock in the morning and at 11 o’clock we were in hotel Oriënt Star in Samarkand. The bordercrossing was very easy and on both sides the policemen were very friendly and helped us to fill in a few forms. It took a little bit more time because of some computer problems. The time we spend at the border was 40 minutes.

On both sides of this trip the road conditions were very good. In Tajikistan every now and than there is a bit of the road missing, but it is 200% beter than the Pamir Highway. No graveltrack, no washboard, well maintanance. There were even a few lights on in the longest tunnel. We travel on a motorbike. We stoppend serval times for taking pictures and for getting 95 petrol. Also available on the Tajik side of the border in Penjakent.

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:16 pm
by sank
I just crossed this border yesterday on my way to Samarkand. I was a bit worried about my expired car 'permit on the taj side, they kept saying penalty. (expired for 5 days) but never actually asked for money, I played the dump tourist and finally got word I was able to move forward without paying anything. before entering the border control locals (in line) waved me passed the line waiting cars, I walked to the gate first and asked. skipped about 15 cars in a extremely slow line up, I had already been there for 20 min without moving. Uzbekistan side ferry friendly officers, and helpt me fill out the forms (forms in Russian) for me. light check of car and asked to see my medicines, where checking for codeine.

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:49 pm
by yaqinisme22
I crossed this border from Samarkand to Panjakent. I took a minibus number 41 from registan to kaftarxona for 1300 som then shared taxi to the border for 7000 som. On uzbek side, they just scanned my bag, asked me registration (I did couchsurfing, so I have no registration for some days but apparently it's not a problem) then stamped my passport. On Tajik side, they took a picture, stamped my visa and passport. They didn't check or scan my bags. There's one money changer on Tajikistan side. Shared taxi to Panjakent 10 somoni (1 usd)

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:02 pm
by samanthalee
Crossed about a week ago from Uzbekistan to Dushanbe - I followed the transit instructions on the Caravanistan blog to get from central Samarkand to the border - all worked out well, just waited at the bus stop across from the Registan beside Labi G’or restaurant and looked for “Kaftarxona” written on the side of the bus.

Border crossing was very painless, guards were all kind and friendly! Took about half an hour in total to cross. The Uzbeki guard did ask for my hostel registration papers, though most other people I’ve talked to have not had to provide these.

Waited about 20 minutes on the Tajik side to fill up a shared taxi to Dushanbe and paid 100 somoni - they took me right to my guest house. Super easy!

Sam

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:22 pm
by FRT15
Can anyone confirm if the border crossing for Penjikent is 24/7? I am planning to arrive in Samarkand by train at 17:20 and wondering if there will be time to move towards TJ or if I have to stop for the evening and wait until the next morning. Thanks for the input.

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:14 pm
by FRT15
Anybody know the border crossing hours for Penjikent? UZ -> TJ

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:27 pm
by Reizen
Hey guys,

Crossed today (17/12/19). Taxi to Kaftarkhona, then shared taxi to border (7000 if you can negotiate well). I have been using Caravanistan the past two months whilst travelling Central Asia and created an account to pay it back by warning everyone about my experience:

If you have an electronic visa, bring a physical copy of it. I got really lucky (thanks to a babushka who took me under her wing) to get through the border with just an electronic visa on my phone. They really, really didn't want to let me through, insisting they need to stamp a physical copy. (I am UK)

Enjoy the road.

Re: Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:07 pm
by LisaB
An updated report for this 2020. Has the new bus started from Samarkand to Pendjikent. Can I get from Samarkand to Dushanbe in a day.. Thank YOU