Tajikistan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Dec 23, 2002
This Travel Warning is being revised to update security information. The
overall security situation in Tajikistan has improved. Nevertheless, the
presence of terrorist groups allied with Al-Qaida and limitations on the
Embassy's ability to provide consular services still pose risks to
travelers. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Tajikistan
dated September 25, 2001.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the potential danger of
travel to Tajikistan. The security situation has improved since the
conclusion of the civil war in 1997. However, incidents of hostage-taking
and assassination occurred in recent years and threats against Americans,
including the threat of kidnapping, continue. The Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan (IMU), a foreign terrorist organization, fought alongside
Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan against U.S. military forces.
Following U.S. military actions, the IMU's operational capabilities were
diminished, but the threat of terrorist actions by the IMU and its
sympathizers still exists. Americans should particularly avoid the vicinity
of Kofarhihon and areas along the borders with Afghanistan and the Kyrgyz
Republic, the Karategin Valley, and Tavildara District. From time to time,
the U.S. Embassy restricts the travel of U.S. Embassy personnel to certain
parts of Tajikistan. U.S. citizens should check with the U.S. Embassy in
Dushanbe before traveling outside Dushanbe.
The Department of State relocated Embassy operations from Dushanbe,
Tajikistan, to Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 1998 due to threats to Americans and
American interests worldwide, instability in Tajikistan at the time, and the
limited ability to secure the safety of U.S. Embassy personnel in the
Embassy facility in Dushanbe. Although still officially resident in Almaty,
Embassy staff work primarily out of Dushanbe at an interim Embassy facility.
U.S. citizens are reminded that resources and security considerations limit
the availablity of most consular services, including those of an emergency
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, 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 strongly advised to register and obtain updated security
information at the American Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Contact
information in Dushanbe (switchboard staffed 24 hours per day):
992-372-21-03-48; 24-15-60; 51-00-28. Consular services for Tajikistan are
handled in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The
telephone number for the American Embassy in Almaty is 7-3272-63-39-21;
For further information on Tajikistan, please consult the Department of
State's Consular Information Sheet on Tajikistan and the Worldwide Caution
Public Announcement which are located on the Department's Internet web site