Visas and Permits

Visas and Permits

Regardless of which side of the Wakhan you want to explore, you’ll need a visa and permit to do it. What you need depends, of course, on which country you’re in.

Tajikistan Visas and Permits

Most Western nationalities require a visa to visit Tajikistan. A 30-day tourist visa can often be procured on arrival at Dushanbe’s airport, while a 45-day visa is possible if obtained in advance at consulates abroad.

Further more, the entire Pamir area requires a “GBAO Permit”. This is most easily obtained concurrently with your visa, but also possible to arrange in Dushanbe or Osh (Kyrgyzstan).

Afghanistan Visas and Permits

While the Afghanistan is a relatively easy affair, the Wakhan permit can be more difficult.

The most convenient place to get the Afghanistan visa is the Khorog Consulate. For most nationalities, this is a quick one or two day process. Visit the embassy, tell them what you want and fill out the forms (including a description of why you want to visit and some background info about your family), then head to Tajik Sodirot bank on the other side of the river to pay the $51 for the visa. Bring back the receipt the same day to the Consulate, and you should be able to pick up your passport and visa early the next morning to head off to the border.

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Afghanistan visa, obtained in Khorog.

The Wakhan permit can take longer to procure, and may be easier to obtain through a tourist agency. If you’d rather do it yourself, though, after crossing over the Afghan border head up to Ishkashim to register your presence (applies to all foreigners) and try to track down the necessary signatures for a permit. A translator or basic familiarity with Farsi would help, here, and you may end up having to hire a car to go back and forth between the town and the border a couple of times.

3 Responses to Visas and Permits

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  2. Martin Dorset-Purkis says:


    A friend and I (British nationals) are planning a trek and journalistic venture into the corridor this July and are very thankful for the useful information on your website.

    I wondered though whether you might be able to help advise on where to get a good translator on the Afghan side and/or what to look for in hiring translators or drivers for the journey up the corridor?

    Many thanks in advance.


    • Admin says:

      Hi Martin, sadly my contacts are all a bit out of date so I’m not going to be much help here. My best rec for you, assuming that you’re crossing in from the Tajik side, is to ask around in Khorog and Ishkashim for contacts or, failing that, at the guesthouses in Sultan Ishkashim on the Afghan side. Best of luck to you, and make sure to send us a link once you publish from your trip!

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