Health and Immunization

There are no mandatory immunisations for those traveling to Tajikistan although you must be up-to-date on Typhoid Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is prevalent in certain areas of Tajikistan so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.

Cultural Sensitivity

There are many opportunities to interact with the locals, all with their particular customs and practices. We expect you to be respectful and considerate to the locals. You can always rely on your tour guide or tour leader to assist you.

It is first important to know that Central Asia has a more relaxed attitude towards Islam than its neighbours in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a Muslim area so it is essential to be careful when visiting certain places. Although both genders are allowed to wear shorts and T-shirts in the cities, they must not wear long sleeves or T-shirts. However, anyone visiting places of worship should wear pants that do not go below the knees, and tops that cover the shoulders. A headscarf is also recommended for women. In this tour, we’re going to remote areas which are rarely visited by tourists. Local people are modest when it comes to dressing, therefore it is probable that you’ll feel more comfortable in conservative clothing.

Language & Religion

Tajikistan’s official language is Tajik. Russian is still routinely used for business and communication.

The majority of people adhere to Sunni Islam, with the small minority being followers of Russian Orthodox, Catholicism, Buddhism and Judaism.

Drinks and food

This tour focuses mainly on soups and meats. There are a few vegetables that are difficult to locate in remote areas or at higher altitudes. There are plenty of dried fruit and nuts to taste.

The alcohol options are limited to beers or vodka. Anyone who wants to experiment with other drinks – like Scotch or Gin is advised to purchase the item duty-free and take it with them. It can be difficult to find mixer drinks , such as tonic water.

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