Tajikistan government has agreed to grant on arrival visa to Maldivians traveling to Tajikistan.

On Wednesday, 10 November 2021, Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives and the President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), announced via a tweet about the arrangement of Maldivian being able to travel to Tajikistan without prior visa. He further said, “This will surely boost cultural and civilisational links between our countries!”

With this arrangement, Maldivians will be allowed to travel to Tajikistan without acquiring prior visa from 1 January 2022 onwards. In addition, visa facilitations has also been announced for Maldivian travelers to India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Morocco, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

All travelers to Tajikistan must obtain a visa from one of the Tajikistan diplomatic missions abroad, unless they come from countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an electronic visa. The Electronic Visa or eVisa for Tajikistan is available for the majority of foreign nationalities, and allows a short stay in the country for either tourism or businesspurposes. Depending on the traveler’s nationality, a Tajikistan eVisa may be issued as either a single entry or multiple entry online visa that permits a total stay of 60 days in the country.

The electronic visa can be obtained by completing a simple online application form. Once approved, the eVisa can then be either picked up at the nearest Tajikistan embassy or is collected upon arrival at Dushanbe airport. Tajikistan does not currently have any visa bans or entry bans in place against any foreign nationality.

According to the Tajikistan visa policy, foreign nationals arriving in the country for tourism purposes are either required to obtain an electronic visa or embassy visa in advance to do so. In order to apply for any type of Tajikistan tourist visa, international travelers must have a passport valid for 6 months from the date of intended entry into the country.

More than 200 nationalities can apply for Tajikistan’s electronic visa online. It grants holders a stay in the country of up to 60 days for tourism, and may be issued as either a multiple entry or single entry online permit. The eVisa system simplifies the application process to allow tourists to smoothly enter the country, eliminating the need to wait in border queues to submit a visa application to immigration authorities upon arrival.

An approved visa online can either be retrieved from the nearest diplomatic mission of Tajikistan or picked up on arrival at the main airport in the country, Dushanbe International. Those not eligible to submit a tourist eVisa application must go to a Tajikistan embassy or consulate in person to apply for a travel document for tourism with a range of supporting documentation.

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