Health and vaccinations

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There are no compulsory immunisations for travellers to Tajikistan although you must be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio as well as Hepatitis A. Malaria is found in a few areas of Tajikistan which is why we advise you consult with your doctor or travel specialist about the appropriate immunisations and preventative treatment.

Cultural Sensitivity

When you travel with us, you’ll frequently interact with local people all with unique customs and traditions. We ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. You can always rely on your guides or tour-leaders to assist you.

The first thing to say about traveling in Central Asia is that most regions, including the cities and towns, are more relaxed in their attitude to Islam than their neighbours to the south of Afghanistan and Pakistan. But, it must be noted that it is technically considered to be a Muslim region and a little bit of caution should be applied in certain places. Although both women and men can wear shorts and T-shirts in cities, they should not wear T-shirts or sleeves that are long. However, anyone visiting active mosques should wear pants that do not go below the knees as well as tops which cover shoulders. Women should also wear their headscarf. While on this tour, we’ll be traveling in remote locations that are not frequently frequented by tourists. Locals are modest when it comes to dressing, so it is likely that you’ll feel more comfortable in conservative clothing.

Language & Religion

The official language of Tajikistan is Tajik. Russian is still routinely used to conduct business and for communication.

Most people follow Sunni Islam. A small portion of the population are followers of Russian Orthodox, Catholicism and Buddhism.

Food and drinks

The menu on this tour tends to be mostly on soups, meat and potatoes. There are a few vegetables that are difficult to get in remote areas and at higher altitudes. There is an abundance of dried fruit and nuts to try though.

The options for alcohol are limited to vodka or beer. vodka. Anyone looking to sample something different – like Scotch or Gin is recommended to buy the item duty-free and take it along. Mixer drinks, such as tonic water, can be difficult to locate, however.

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