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Tajik Visa

Contents
• Questions about Visas
o How much do Tajik visas cost?
o Where can I collect my visa?
o Can I fly into Dushanbe without a visa?
o Do Tajik embassies issue the visa on the spot or do I have to wait?
o How do I get a multi-entry visa for Tajikistan?
o How do I get a visa for a business trip?
• Questions about Letters of Invitation (LOIs)
o What is the process for obtaining a LOI?
o How much do you charge to arrange a LOI for Tajikistan?
o What payment methods do you accept?
o How accurately do I have to state my tour itinerary?
o Do I have to enter and depart the country at the border points specified on my LOI application form?
o Do I have to enter and depart the country on the dates specified on my LOI application form?
o Can I send you a fax or photocopy of my passport photo page?
o How do I get my letter of invitation?
o Do I need the original of my Letter of Invitation?
o Can you arrange a LOI for Kyrgyzstan?
o Can you arrange a LOI for Afghanistan?
o Can you arrange a LOI for Uzbekistan?
o Can you arrange a LOI for ...?
• Questions about GBAO permits
o What is the process for obtaining a GBAO permit?
o How much do you charge to arrange a GBAO permit?
o How do I get my GBAO permit?
o Do I need the original of my GBAO permit?
o Can I get the GBAO permit without first having to go to Dushanbe?
o Can I get a GBAO permit that will allow a stay of more than one month in the GBAO area?
o Can I apply for a GBAO permit without also applying for a LOI?
o Do I have to apply for the GBAO permit at the same time as I apply for the LOI?
• Questions about OVIR
o How do I register with OVIR?
o Can you register me with OVIR?
o Is there a fee for OVIR registration?
Questions about Visas
How much do Tajik visas cost?
If you are getting your tourist visa in Dushanbe Airport on arrival, the cost are: For issuance of group (tourist) visas: 1. For the period of 3 days 5 $ US 2. For the period of 7 days 10 $ US,
3. For the period of 14 days 15 $ US, 4. For the period of one month 25 $ US. Prices are for single entry visas.
If you are getting your visa from a Tajik embassies, please contact the embassy for the cost. Costs vary between embassies and it is not possible for us to maintain an up-to-date list of charges at all the Tajik embassies worldwide.
Where can I collect my visa?
You can collect your visa from any Tajik embassy worldwide or at Dushanbe airport on arrival. Please see How to Apply.
The Letter of Invitation (LOI) will specify where the visa is to be collected from, so you must inform us in advance where you intend to collect your visa.
Can I fly into Dushanbe without a visa?
Yes. If you have a valid Letter of Invitation (LOI), you can obtain your visa in Dushanbe Airport on arrival. Please see how to obtain Your Visa at Dushanbe Airport.
Do Tajik embassies issue the visa on the short time or should I have to wait?
Experiences indicate that most Tajik embassies will issue a visa with a short turn-around time, usually between one hour and one day or more.
However, Tajik embassies policy could be changed in daily life and we are not responsible for that, so we advise you to check this with the embassies before you apply.
How do I get a multi-entry visa for Tajikistan?
 If you need a multi-entry visa you must apply to a Tajik embassy. Multi-entry visas are not issued at Dushanbe airport.
Multi-entry visas are issued at the discretion of the embassy. The Letter of Invitation (LOI) that we provide does not specify the number of entries. Please check with the embassy that they can issue a multi-entry visa for you before you apply.
How do I get a visa for a business trip?
Sorry, we are not able to issue a letter of invitation for a business visa. You should apply to the Ministry of Trade and Economy in Dushanbe for a letter of invitation.
Questions about Letters of Invitation (LOIs)
What is the process for obtaining a LOI?
Please complete the online application form. Online applications does not save but can be printed. Please scan the application once you printed. You will also need to send us a copy of your passport photo page by e-mail.
The application procedure typically takes two weeks. When your letter of invitation is ready, we will scan it and send it to you as an e-mail attachment which you can print.
How much do you charge to arrange a LOI for Tajikistan?
We chage a letter of invitation  $ 20 per person.
What payment methods do you accept?
We only accept payment by paypal. Paypal does accept majority of credit  and debit cards. We do not accept any other payment method (cheques, bank transfers, Western Union, cash in an envelope, etc.) for LOI/GBAO applications.
How accurately do I have to state my tour itinerary?
Please list the main cities or regions that you plan to visit. The main reason that we ask for this information is to check that your trip is possible and to advise you of any up-to-date information regarding the places you are visiting. We will provide you VIP service for your trip. You are free to vary your itinerary from the one that you specify on your application, but we recommend that you keep us informed of any changes.
Do I have to enter and depart the country on the dates specified on my LOI application form?
No, you do not need to enter and leave on the exact dates specified. You can enter on or after the entry date and you can leave on or before the exit date.
Can I send you a fax or photocopy of my passport photo page?
It is important that the photo on the passport copy you send us is clear. For this reason, it is best if you can send us a scan or digital photo of your passport photo page.
We do  accept application forms attached with photocopies sent through the post but it is not wise to do that. (long processing time)
How do I get my letter of invitation?
When the letter of invitation is ready, we will scan it and send it to you by e-mail. When you receive it, you should print it out and take it with you to the Tajik embassy (or Dushanbe airport). Please note that if you are planning to get visa from the airport, let us know. We will informa autirity to get enough visa stickers.
Do I need the original of my Letter of Invitation?
No. The copy is sufficient.
Can you arrange a LOI for Kyrgyzstan?
Most tourists do not need a LOI in order to obtain a Kyrgyz visa. You can apply directly to your nearest Kyrgyz embassies.
Can you arrange a LOI for Afghanistan?
Our Kabul business parnters can arrange a LOI for Afghanistan, please ask in advance.
Can you arrange a LOI for Uzbekistan?
Uzbekistan does have tough requirements for a letter of invitation, and they usially reintroduce all the time. Please us us in advance.
Can you arrange a LOI for other countries?
For other destinations, please ask. We may be able to help.
Questions about GBAO permits
What is the process for obtaining a GBAO permit?
Please complete the online application form. You will also need to send us a copy of your passport photo page by e-mail.
The application procedure typically takes up to four weeks. You can collect the GBAO permit from our office in Dushanbe.
How much do you charge to arrange a GBAO permit?
A GBAO permit costs $35 per person. If you are applying for a LOI and GBAO permit together, the total cost is $55 per person.
How do I get my GBAO permit?
You can collect the GBAO permit from our office in Dushanbe. See here for contact details and directions. Please e-mail or phone us in advance to let us know when you will be coming.
Do I need the original of my GBAO permit?
The official answer to this question is "Yes". If you are passing through Dushanbe, we recommend that you come to our office to collect the original permit.
If you are entering Tajikistan from Kyrgyzstan across Kyzyl-Art Pass, it is not practically require to come to Dushanbe first. In this case we can send a copy of your permit to you by e-mail. Most travellers using a copy of the GBAO permit have not experienced any problems. Or we can send it through express post services if you pay for shipping cost. In our experience, the only place where a copy has been questioned is in the KGB office in Khorog. And even there, a good quality colour copy is usually accepted.
Can I get the GBAO permit without first having to go to Dushanbe?
If you are using our tour services, we can bring the original GBAO permit to the Tajik border when we pick you up.
Otherwise, we can scan the GBAO permit and send a copy to you by e-mail. You can print this copy and carry it in place of the original.
Can I get a GBAO permit that will allow a stay of more than one month in the GBAO area?
No. But you can apply to OVIR in Khorog to have the GBAO permit extended.
Can I apply for a GBAO permit without also applying for a LOI?
Yes. Fill in the first page of the application form as follows:
Do you need a letter of invitation? No
Do you need a GBAO permit? Yes
You will need to send us a copy of your Tajik visa in addition to a copy of your passport.
Do I have to apply for the GBAO permit at the same time as I apply for the LOI?
No. It is possible to apply for your Tajik visa now and the GBAO permit later. However there are caveats:
• The GBAO permit takes up to four weeks to arrange, so please ensure that you leave sufficient time for your application.
• If you apply for a LOI only, you will need to obtain your Tajik visa before applying for your GBAO permit.
Questions about OVIR
How do I register with OVIR?
In regional OVIR offices, you can simply show up at the OVIR office and they will register you.Or we can help you with the registrations. We need the copy of your pasport along with the $35 fee.
The Republican OVIR office in Dushanbe does not accept applications directly from tourists. The best approach is to ask us to do the registration for you.
Can you register me with OVIR?
If you are using our tour services, we will register you with OVIR and the cost is included in your tour price.
If you are not using our tour services, but are staying in our guest house, we can arrange registration for you for a fee.
If you are not using any of our services in Dushanbe, we recommend that you ask your hotel or other accommodation provider to do the registration on your behalf.
Is there a fee for OVIR registration?
Yes, OVIR make a charge for registering tourists. Please contact our office in Dushanbe for current charges.
We are campaigning to have OVIR registration abolished for tourists.