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Health and Vaccinations

There are no mandatory immunisations required for visitors to Tajikistan but you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio as well as Hepatitis A. Malaria is prevalent in certain areas of Tajikistan and we advise you to consult your doctor or travel clinic regarding the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.

Cultural Sensitivity

There are many opportunities to interact with locals, each with their own particular customs and practices. It is your responsibility to show respect and consideration to local people. Your guides and tour leaders will always be able to provide you with the appropriate advice.

One thing to remember about traveling in Central Asia is that most areas, specifically towns and cities are more laid back in their attitude to Islam than their neighbours to the south of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Central Asia is a Muslim zone, therefore it is important to be cautious in specific areas. Although both women and men can wear shorts or T-shirts in the city, they should not wear large sleeves or T-shirts. But, those who visit active mosques should wear trousers which are lower than the knees and tops that cover shoulders. Females should also be wearing an asymmetrical head scarf. The trip takes us to remote places that are not typically frequented by tourists. Locals wear modest clothing, therefore it is probable that you’ll feel comfortable wearing conservative clothing.

Language & Religion

Tajik is the official dialect of Tajikistan. Russian is still routinely used in business and communications.

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

Food and drinks

The food served on the tour tends mostly on soups, meat and potatoes. In the remote and higher altitude places vegetables can be hard to come by. But, there is a wide selection of dried fruits and nuts that you can try.

With regard to alcohol, the choice is generally limited to vodka and beer so anyone wanting something different , like Scotch or Gin for instance – must purchase it duty free and bring it with them. It can be difficult to find mixer drinks , such as tonic water.

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