Walking through no man’s land between two countries is a special feeling. We got this opportunity during Uzbekistan Tajikistan border crossing.
Uzbekistan Tajikistan border crossing:
- A man seated outside the border post on the Uzbekistan side checks your passport.
- As we come closer to the Uzbekistan border post office, 2 military guys check your passports again.
- After we reach the office, you have to fill up the customs declaration form again. The form is in Russian. Compare it with your previous customs that was in English and fill it accordingly. The only changes will be – dollars amount left with you, Uzbekistan as origin country and Tajikistan as your destination country. Read more about the customs declaration form in the Custom Formalities at Uzbekistan Airport.
- Once you exit customs, you will come to the Passport control section, where you will get the exit stamps on your visa. When we reached Passport control, the internet was down and we had to wait for almost half an hour for the system to start.
- Finally after getting the exit stamp, there is 100m walk on no man’s land. The feeling of walking on no man’s land dragging our luggage was something very different. Finally time to say goodbye to Uzbekistan.
- Before reaching the Tajikistan border office, a Tajikistan military guy checks you passport.
- Once we reached Tajikistan border office, Noor, our trip organizer from Sarez travels was waiting for us. He took over from there and handled the next process.
- We waited outside the office for Noor and he finally came out after another half an hour. We had a new problem on our hands. Our visas were issued for business visa and not tourist visa. The Visa Type showed K in our visa, which Noor explained is the code for business visas. Couldn’t believe the Tajikistan Embassy people in Delhi could make such a big blunder. Anyways, he told he will have to make that correction next day in Dushanbe and it might take almost half a day.
- We entered the final Tajikistan border office, where a friendly guy entered our details in a register and the amount of dollars we were carrying.