Visa for Tajikistan
The Tajikistan Embassy is located southwest of the city, far from metro stops, in an area without any tourist interest. But I had to go, so I got into a taxi that left me at the door for 3000 soms, or as close as a noise of about twenty people They allowed the driver.
Chaotic, that was my first impression. Not speaking Farsi, Tajiko, Russian or Uzbek was not going to help me much either, so I made my way to the access fence and shouted at the first police officer I saw “Visa!” (Visa, in English). I opened the door, walked a few meters and crossed the threshold of a gate that gave access to an inner courtyard with people sitting writing on forms.
Embassy of Tajikistan in Uzbekistan
On the left were two doors and one of them looked at what looked like an office with a computer and two or three people waiting standing, while a busy official sealed and signed papers on the desk. As if it were the most natural thing in the world, I slipped into the officeI waited for him to finish with the documentation he was processing and then I asked him what he needed to have a tourist visa for Tajikistan.
The man offered me an application form in English, told me that I would need a photograph and a copy of my passport - in addition to the original - and that, in another paper, not precisely in English, that he gave me to write “I want a visa for Tajikistan”And indicate last name, name, date of birth, issuance of the passport and its expiration date and visa of Uzbekistan.
In the office next door, crowded with Uzbeks doing the same procedure, they made my passport copy free of charge. I discovered an acceptable corner and began to fill out the form on a file cabinet. The table was occupied by people doing the same, although there were two or three people who filled them out to others, because they did not understand the language or the concept of filling out forms was relatively alien to them.
By the time I finish writing, the first office where they attended to me has closed so I have to go out the gate and it is to the right, a few meters away, where an officer shielded in a window receives passports and forms and clarifies that it costs the same for a visa of one ticket that of two So I ask for two, you never know. He tells me to come back that afternoon at 4 and by 11 in the morning I am leaving the Embassy. The whole process, surrounded by people, has only lasted half an hour.
Lunch at the Feruza Cafe de Tashkent
If you arrive later than me or you are going to stay around, in a street perpendicular to the Embassy - as you leave it and walk to the right - there are several cheap places to eat, near the Ideal Hotel, if I remember correctly The name, like Feruza. There I took a beer and a plate of rice, a kind of lamb burger and salad for 5100 soms.
I returned to the Embassy with a few minutes in advance and there were already half a hundred people between a platoon on the fence and those who are trying to shelter in the shade. Seeing that there is movement at four in the afternoon I approach and as much as I sharpen my ear I do not understand a word of everything that is said in Uzbek.
When I try to explain "passport" to the policeman who controls the crowd, he looks at me as if he were speaking in English, a language unknown to him. A partner sees me and tells me to pass. I turn left and head to where I left my passport and documentation that morning. In the same window "at the bottom right", I pay my 55 USD and I recover my passport with a new visa on its pages.
Chaos and queues aside, it has been simple, much more than I anticipated: a visa on the same day and without paying any extra. Something not very common in Asia, Central or not, and for which I was not prepared for its speed and efficiency.
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