There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about whether you can obtain a visa on arrival in Tajikistan. If you’re flying into Dushanbe International Airport (DYU), the answer is YES.
I am shocked at how much misinformation lurks on the internet concerning Tajikistan visas. Even some of the top google search results — which I will not dignify with a link — are flat out wrong.
e-Visa or Visa on Arrival?
There are two easy ways to obtain a visa to Tajikistan. The first is apply via the Republic of Tajikistan’s remarkably easy e-Visa website. The application is rather simple, payment is processed via credit card (American Express, MasterCard, or Visa), and your decision is instant. Once the payment is processed, a .pdf file is generated which you can download, print and present to border officials upon landing. The cost is $50USD for the nationalities listed below. Tajikistan does not have a reciprocal visa fee of $160 for U.S. citizens like many neighboring nations do.
The second option, if you are flying into Dushanbe International Airport (DYU), is to obtain a visa on arrival. Once you land and enter the international terminal, you will see windows on the left in which you can purchase your visa.
When I was there, I had to wait about 10 minutes for someone to show up to the office. But once there, the process was very straightforward. You do not have to bring any passport photos. Digital photos are taken and added to your passport. Payment was $40USD and only cash (USD) was accepted. Crisp/new bills only.
A British man who had gone through the e-Visa process and had a confirmation printout joined us as we waited for our visas to be prepared. An immigration agent sent him over to the visa counter, where a full-page visa sticker like the one below was printed for him.
With visa affixed to the passport, I was quickly stamped into the country.
Here’s a helpful list of nations exempt from visa required and those whose citizens are eligible to apply for an e-Visa or obtain a visa on arrival.
No Visa Required
e-Visa or Visa On Arrival
- European Union nations (28)
- Hong Kong*
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
- Vatican City
*Note the starred nations are only eligible for an e-Visa and cannot apply for a visa upon arrival at Dushanbe International Airport.
Country Not There?
If your country is not listed above, it means you must apply for an visa prior to departure via a local embassy or consulate.
The visa process for Tajikistan was much easier than neighboring Uzbekistan. Cheaper too. Be careful what you read online. Don’t get scared into thinking you’ll need letters of invitation and other unnecessary documents for a tourist visa. The e-Visa portal is simple and easy to use.