Tajikistan: U.S. Department of State warns tourists of risks due to terrorism

DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tourists should “exercise increased caution in Tajikistan due to terrorism,” the U.S. Department of State said in its travel advisory published on November 13, a week after some 20 IS militants attacked a Tajik border post near Uzbekistan, located about 60 kilometers southwest of the Tajik capital Dushanbe.

The U.S. Department of State reminded about a terrorist attack on foreign cyclists in Tajikistan’s Danghara province in the summer of 2018, in which two U.S. citizens were killed.

“Terrorists may target various places, such as residential areas, clubs and restaurants, places of worship, hotels, schools, outdoor recreation events, and other venues, although Government of Tajikistan facilities remain the most likely target,” the travel advisory says. “Facilities catering to westerners in Tajikistan present a heightened risk. Avoid large crowds and public transportation to the extent possible. Tourists should avoid activities that develop predictable patterns of movement. If documenting your travel on social media, please ensure your privacy settings are appropriately set.”

The U.S. Department of State recommends those who decide to travel to Tajikistan should:

– Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
– Be aware of your surroundings.
– Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
– Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
– Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
– Review the Crime and Safety Report for Tajikistan.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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