Health and vaccinations

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There are no compulsory immunisations for travelers to Tajikistan although you must be current on Typhoid, Tetanus Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria can be found in certain parts of Tajikistan which is why we advise you consult your physician or travel clinic regarding the most appropriate vaccinations and preventative treatment.

Cultural Sensitivity

You will often interact with locals, each with their own unique customs and traditions. We expect you to show respect and consideration to local people. You can always rely on your tour guide or tour leader to help you.

It is first crucial to remember that Central Asia has a more friendly approach towards Islam than its neighbours in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Central Asia is a Muslim region, so it’s vital to be vigilant in certain places. Although both women and men can wear shorts and T-shirts in urban areas, they should not wear large sleeves or T-shirts. But, those who visit active mosques should wear pants that do not go below the knees, and tops which cover shoulders. Women should also wear their headscarf. Throughout this tour we are traveling in remote locations seldom frequented by tourists. Locals tend to dress modestly, so it is likely that you will feel more at ease wearing conservative clothes.

Language & Religion

Tajik is the official language of Tajikistan. Russian is still extensively used to communicate and for business.

The majority of people are followers of Sunni Islam. A small proportion of people are believers of Russian Orthodox, Catholicism and Buddhism.

Drinks and food

The meals on this tour is mainly on soups, meat and potatoes. There are a few vegetables that are difficult to discover in remote areas, and at higher elevations. There are plenty of dried fruit and nuts to try though.

With regard to alcohol, the options are generally limited to vodka and beer. Those who want something else – Scotch or Gin for instance – needs to buy it duty free and then bring it to the store. It can be difficult to find mixer drinks , such as tonic water.

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