Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan

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Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan

Postby Uta » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:40 am

Before being able to buy a Tajik sim card one must be "offically" registered. Meaning you must have an address of stay (hostel or hotel, a vehicle is not sufficient enough to be eligible for registration) where your host (owner or manager) needs to give you a letter confirming that you stay there.

We've been told/ explains this by several independent shops and sources. However, our lovely hostel manager refuses to do this (writing us this letter) because he wants us to buy their sim cards to their prices (guess what triple the price) from one provider only.

I obviously disagree with his business model and would still like to buy my own sim card at a shop of my choice. It seems impossible though without this "registration" letter.

Does anyone know how to get that kind of writing from other sources but the place you stay? I am quite annoyed by being delivered to this arbitrariness of the manager's power over travellers' rights to choose (and pay).
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Re: Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan

Postby Lovetheworld » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:01 pm

Very annoying indeed and I cannot answer your question. Other than staying at a different place.

For others reading into the subject, we got a sim card from Megafon in Panjikent centre/bazar without this registration. Only useful if you are coming in overland from Uzbekistan
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Re: Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan

Postby Khanabadosh » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:56 pm

Also frustrating: it seems to buy a Dushanbe transport card (required for bus use) you need a phone number....tajiki number...
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