How to Get a Tajikistan Visa for UK Passport Holders

How to Get a Tajikistan Visa for UK Passport Holders

If you are a British citizen and looking to head to Tajikistan, you will need to obtain a visa from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The FCO offers two types of visas: a Visitor visa and a Visa on Arrival. The main difference between the two is that a visitor visa allows you to stay in Tajikistan for 30 days, while a visa on arrival is valid for up to 90 days. This article will explain everything you need to know about how to get a Tajikistan visa for UK passport holders.

How to Get a Tajikistan Visa for UK Passport Holders

If you are a UK passport holder and want to visit or reside in Tajikistan, you have a few options. The first is to apply for a visa at a British Embassy or Consulate. The second is to apply for a visa from the country of your residence. If you are a UK national living in the UK, you can apply for a visa from the UK Embassy or Consulate closest to you. The third option is to apply for a visa from a UK border point (e.g. Birmingham, Edinburgh, or Gatwick).

Apply Online

The fastest, easiest, and most secure way to apply for a visa is online. The Tajikistan visa application can be submitted online at the British Embassy or Consulate website of your choice. You will need to select which type of visa you are applying for, provide some personal details, and pay the fee. The visa application can be completed in less than one minute, and the application fee is £65 for a single entry tourist visa or £140 for a multiple entry business visas.


Check if you need a Temporary Residency Permit (TRP)

If you are the primary applicant on your UK passport, you do not need a TRP. If you are a spouse, child, or parent on a UK passport with a specified relationship, you do not need a TRP either. If you are a UK national living in the UK that is not mentioned above, you need a TRP. A TRP is not required if you are a British citizen or a national of countries with a Bilateral Investment Treaty with the UK. These countries include Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Republic of Montenegro, Serbian Diaspora, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. In the case of a TRP, the visa application will have an additional section where you have to answer “TRP check yes/no specifically”. If the answer is “yes”, you will have to pay the TRP fee of £160.

Check out ” A Guide to Tajikistan” for everything you need to know

Get a Visa from an Embassy or Consulate of Tajikistan

If you are a British citizen and want to visit or reside in Tajikistan, you need a visa. However, if you are a UK passport holder and do not live in Tajikistan, you can apply for a visa at any British Embassy or High Commission that issues visas. This includes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, the British Embassy in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), the British Embassy in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), and the British Consulate in Varna (Bulgaria).

Can also try getting an E-visa Online

Check if You Can Get a 90-Day Visa-On-Arrival (VOA)

If you are a citizen of an LSE (Less than severely Excluded) country or have a TRP, you can check if you can get a VOA. A VOA is a single-entry visa that allows you to stay in Tajikistan for 90 days. If you are visiting the country for tourism or for less than 90 days, you can get a multiple-entry VOA. The visa is valid for one entry, and you will have to leave the country and get a new visa before entering again. If you are a student, you can get a VOA valid for six months. The VOA is only valid for entry through the Russian immigration post at Dushanbe Airport.


The best way to get a visa is to apply online through the FCO website. If you cannot apply online, you can also apply at a UK Embassy or Consulate. If you are a UK national living in the UK that does not apply for a visa at a British Embassy or Consulate, you can apply for a visa from a UK Border Post. The Border Post option is only available for certain UK passport holders. So when are you going?

Why Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Are Top Travel Destinations


Why Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Are Top Travel Destinations

Once the Soviet Union collapsed, its outermost territories became a promised land for adventurous looking for a unique travel destination. The relatively untouched landscape didn’t have lavish hotels and theme parks but boasted a vivid and almost pristine journey for the Silk Road. Its fantastical ruins and mountains make the Five Stan tour a popular bucket list option for intrepid tourists. However, most tour guides and travel websites won’t tell you that you don’t have to complete the entire route. In reality, you can enjoy the highlights of the trip with just two regions.

Trimming Down the Five Stan Tour

Country counters that want to make the most out of their passport’s world stamps consider the Five Stan journey a must-have travel goal. Besides hitting several destinations with one weekend, it also gives you the bragging rights among the handful who’ve completed the Five Stan tour. However, more places don’t always mean better for your travel experience or your savings. In reality, you can enjoy more by sticking to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

In this article, we’ll highlight five locations to highlight in your personalized Two Stan tour.

1. Chuy Valley

The square-cut valley of Kyrgyzstan’s capital makes it the first step toward the sprawling mountains. A week-long journey leads you to the Chuy Valley, where you’ll notice mementoes from the Silk Road’s glory days like the Burana Tower as you pass through.

Song-Kul Lake

2. Song-Kul Lake

Many communities that are within a hiking distance from urban locations still maintain a nomadic lifestyle. This allows you to meet locals who uphold a millennia-old way of living that revolves around shepherding and eagle hunting. However, the traces of modernity are catching up, as next-gen shepherds can be seen with a horsewhip while knowing how to operate a smartphone.

3. Tashkent

Uzbekistan’s modern capital contains over 3 million inhabitants, a stark contrast from Kyrgyzstan’s wide-open terrain. Although you’ll be swapping mountain hiking with urban crawling, there are many sights to see through their Brutalist architecture. It’s a testament to their long-honoured traditions.

4. Khiva

Along Uzbekistan’s westernmost desert dunes is the 1,000-year-old oasis of Khiva. Framed by clay fortifications, you can identify its hallowed halls marked by flowing lines of cursive Arabic. It’s a stark difference from the monochromatic mosaics you’d notice on most religious buildings. Besides its beautiful historical architecture, Khiva is also famous for its weaving tradition that symbolizes the omnipresent geometric patterns.


5. Bukhara

Once an essential caravan stops during the Silk Road’s glory days, Bukhara is now a sprawling neighbourhood of inns established from old merchants’ mansions. The mark of the trade continues to be a vital component of its city culture. You can walk through stalls that sell a variety of goods, from glazed pottery to decorative embroidery.


Whether you’re travelling the West’s hidden wonders or the East’s enigmatic sights, it’s essential to do your research. Although it’s a good idea to listen to fads and travel guides, it’s best to dig deeper and discover personal experiences and local finds. Doing a more in-depth study before your trip can expose you to hidden gems and destinations that can make your journey more fruitful and memorable.

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Uzbekistan Adventure

An uzbekistan adventure


Want an adventure like no other?  To tread the well-worn, yet barely visited path of the Silk Road through Uzbekistan’s ancient cities of Bukhara and Samarkand. Then a Uzbekistan Adventure is awaiting you.


In 2018 I first visited Uzbekistan and to take an incredible adventure through Uzbekistan, a country famous for its ancient Silk Road cities covered with mosques, old forts as well as mystery. Beginning in Bukhara and ending in Khiva, this trip will have you following in the footsteps of many traders, ancient pilgrims, and Alexander the Great. Walk in the shadows of the magnificent blue-tiled buildings and this is an Uzbekistan Adventure you won’t forget.


Why I think you’ll love this trip


The Beautiful Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture, but the vibrant Old City of Bukhara is also a gem of the silk road. You’ll be amazed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persia-influenced madrassas, mosques and mausoleums.


What I loved about Central Asia was the unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture and a bit of Soviet influence.

In Uzbekistan you can spend an evening in the isolated Kyzylkum Desert with a fire talking about how excellent your adventure is, an evening watching the sun go down on Bukhara’s old city or climbing the Registan at sunrise.

What is significant about the experience is getting to know the stories and people of Uzbekistan while sharing home-cooked meals with local families in hostels

I recommend spending time in World Heritage-listed Bukhara, a 6th-century-BC city that’s swirling in history and home to the impressive Ark of Bukhara.


Walking through the Blue Mosques

Will this trip be right for you?


Still, wondering about going to Uzbekistan? Here are a number of reasons why you should visit: 

Central Asia is a remote destination, I mean have any of your friends been there? Like us you will move well away from cities, right off the well worn track and be able to fully immerse yourself in the local food, the life and culture.

You will likely be limited on time so I recommend spending a little extra in Bukhara, we ended up going there twice on our trip. The place is special and the atmosphere of the old city is incredible.


So what are you waiting for?


If you have any questions about Uzbekistan let me know and I will be happy to help you plan your trip.

An Uzbekistan Concert

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