Custom Formalities at Dushanbe Airport is a mystery and there is hardly any clear information available. We encountered this incident while exiting Dushanbe airport.
We had a 5am FlyDubai flight from Dushanbe airport. After checking in our luggage, came the 1st surprise. The officer at the 1st bag checking counter asked how much dollars I was carrying. Without thinking, I said 3200. With a wicked smile, he said only 3000 allowed.
Then suddenly I remembered, I had only 2700. He was not convinced and asked me to count it in front of him. I thought let’s torture him. I kept aside the 100 and 50 $ notes and removed the 20$ bundle first. As he counted with me, we reached till 400$ and he started getting bored. And we had not even completed half of the $20 bundle. The line behind me was getting longer and angrier. Finally, he gave up and let me go. The rest of the process was smooth and I was in the departure gate within 5 mins. Well, my friend wasn’t so lucky. He declared 3490$ and the officer told him he had to forgo the extra 490$. The other option that the officer suggested him was to pay him 100$ and he would let him go with the rest of the cash. My friend chose the 2nd option as we ddidn’t have much time to argue. Still 100$ is a big loss.