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Travel tips for Tajikistan - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

1. Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan, and Tajik is the national language. Almost everyone can speak Russian.
2. Somoni is the national currency in Tajikistan, TJS is the international abbreviation.
3. Do not drink unboiled tap water even if all locals around you drink it. Use bottled water instead.
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4. Sellers at markets usually tell higher prices to foreigners. Do not forget to bargain – it is common to bargain in Tajikistan. If you fail to do this, prepare to pay more.
5. Having arrived in Tajikistan and checked into the hotel, don’t forget to register your arrival. Hotels do not do this, tourists need to register themselves.
6. If you plan to visit Kuhistani Badakhshan Autonomous Region, you need to obtain a special pass to be able to enter it. The pass is issued for the duration of the registration period.
7. The registration office is located in Dushanbe, Mirzo Tursunzade Street 5. Copyright
8. You will need to fill a special registration form that requires a photograph, so don’t forget to take a couple of document sized photos.
9. Always keep a copy of the passport and the registration document with you.
10. When talking to a local, always start with the traditional greeting – “As-salamu alaykum”. If you already know this person, you can also greet him with a handshake. Women are greeted with the voice only.
11. If you are invited to the house of a local person, take some sweets or candies with you. It is impolite to come as a guest without any small gift.
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12. Here are the telephone numbers of emergency services: fire guard – 01, police – 02, ambulance – 03.
13. Make sure you always have at least some cash with you. There are ATMs in Tajikistan but they are not widespread and are mostly located in big cities only.
14. It is possible to pay with bank cards but there are not many venues that accept them.
15. Tourists do not need to get any vaccines before a holiday in Tajikistan but keep in mind that this is a country with a hot climate, so it is always a good idea to be more attentive about personal hygiene.
16. Don’t forget about medical insurance for the period of your entire stay in Tajikistan.
17. It is prohibited to import and export the national currency of Tajikistan – somoni.
18. It is prohibited to export minerals, stones, precious metals, and food from the country.
19. If you plan to bring jewelry to the country, you need to declare it, even if you only have a wedding ring on your finger.
20. There are upscale hotels in large cities only (Dushanbe, Khujand). In smaller towns, tourists can only find private mini-hotels and guesthouses.
21. It is comfortable to move between big cities on a bus. If you need to get to a nearby small town, the minibus is the best choice.
22. Tourists can rent a car in Dushanbe. It is also possible to hire a driver with a car to make intercity rides.
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