Stay Safe in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is a secure nation, but occasional factional warfare from neighboring Afghanistan (as well as local warlordism) persists. Visitors should be informed about the security situation and avoid taking needless risks. It is not safe to stroll about outdoors alone after nightfall, and it is not safe to go to remote regions alone. If you have any concerns during your visit to Tajikistan, please contact your embassy or the European Commission – External Relations Directorate General in B-1049 Brussels.
The failure of Tajikistan’s law enforcement agencies to offer sufficient and timely help is a major source of worry. Lack of personnel, poor pay, and insufficient training all contribute to a lack of professionalism within law enforcement agencies. Dushanbe police officers have been known to demand payments from expats and tourists even when no crime has been committed. If you are traveling at night, it is usually advisable to go in groups and avoid places frequently monitored by police (like Rudaki Park) if you have been drinking. Play stupid if you’re approached for a bribe. Even if you speak Russian or Tajik, you should act as though you don’t comprehend the officer’s request. They will generally lose patience and abandon you. Never quarrel or antagonize the cops. Consult your embassy if you have been the victim of a crime. Your embassy may be able to assist you in recovering stolen goods or renewing your passport.
Even if they are readily accessible, do not purchase counterfeit or pirated products. Not only are the bootlegs unlawful, but you may also be in violation of local law.
It is prohibited in certain areas to photograph specific structures. In certain areas, driving under the influence may put you in jail right away. These criminal punishments will differ from one nation to the next.
In Tajikistan, the penalties for illicit drug possession, use, or trafficking are harsh, with convicted criminals facing lengthy prison terms and large fines.
There may be a restriction to the number of things that may be exported. It is prohibited to export or possess raw stones, metals, or jewelry that does not have a hallmark (mark of authenticity). Even if travelers have a document proving the lawful purchase of such goods in Tajikistan, the items must be reported at the time of departure.
Stay Healthy in Tajikistan
Tajikistan’s health-care system is severely undeveloped in comparison to Western norms, with chronic shortages of essential medical supplies such as disposable needles, anesthetics, and antibiotics. The elderly are particularly vulnerable. The fact that the majority of medical professionals are unqualified is a major source of worry.
DON’T DRINK TAP WATER. There is no functioning filtration system, and outbreaks of typhoid and cholera are frequent (occasionally). Other endemic diseases that may be avoided include hepatitis A, rabies, poliomyelitis, and tick-borne encephalitis. The odd anthrax case is reported, although they are few and far between these days. During the hot season, there are a few areas where malaria may develop. In Tajikistan, HIV is becoming a major public health concern. Prospekt Medical has opened an English-speaking comprehensive primary care facility just behind the Chinese Embassy. Altitude sickness is a significant danger in the Pamir mountains. In the event of an accident, contact your embassy. It is highly advised to get health insurance and medical evacuation insurance.
For longer stays, professional drivers and house security guards may be hired. Rent out safe, well-known owner properties.