Tajikistan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Jan 21, 2004
This Public Announcement replaces the Travel Warning dated December 20,
2002. It is being issued to reflect the decrease in incidents of political
violence in Dushanbe and the rest of the country. The Department of State
reminds U.S. citizens, however, that the potential for terrorist actions
against Americans in Tajikistan remains. U.S. citizens should evaluate
carefully the implications for their security and safety before deciding to
travel to Tajikistan. This Public Announcement expires on July 19, 2004.
The political security situation in Tajikistan has improved in the last two
years. Nevertheless, terrorist groups allied with al Qaeda, such as the
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), remain active in Tajikistan and still
pose risks to travelers. In the past, the IMU has been responsible for
hostage-takings and border skirmishes near the Uzbek-Tajik-Kyrgyz border
areas. The U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe continues to observe heightened
security precautions. From time to time, the U.S. Embassy restricts the
travel of U.S. Embassy personnel to certain parts of Tajikistan. Before
traveling outside of Dushanbe, U.S. citizens should check with the U.S.
Embassy to obtain the most up-to-date security information.
Embassy staff in Dushanbe work out of an interim Embassy facility.
Resources and security considerations limit the availability of some
consular services, including those of an emergency nature such as same-day
passport issuance. Departure options from Tajikistan may be limited in an
emergency. U.S. citizens, their family members, and their dependents can
maximize departure options by obtaining extended visas for travel to
countries with direct flight or reliable land connections to Tajikistan.
These include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, and
India, for which visas in advance are required. Other destinations, via
weekly flight only, are Turkey and Germany, which do not require visas in
advance. Please note, however, that in certain emergency situations,
flights may be suspended.
U.S. citizens are urged to register and update their contact information at
the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe. The Embassy is located at 10 Pavlov Street,
Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The telephone numbers are 992-372-21-03-48,
992-372-51-00-29. The fax number is 992-372-21-03-62. Some consular
services for Tajikistan are handled in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in
Almaty, Kazakhstan. The U.S. Embassy in Almaty is located at 97
Zholdasbekova, Samal-2, Almaty 480099, tel. 7-3272-50-48-02, fax
Updated information on travel and security in Tajikistan may be obtained
from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United
States, or, from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens should consult the
Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Tajikistan, the
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, and the Travel Publication "A Safe
Trip Abroad," which are available on the Department's Internet site at