Rules of stay and limitations for foreigners in Tajikistan

Registration of foreign citizens temporarily arrived in Tajikistan:

  • Temporary arrived foreign citizens live in the territory of Tajikistan in accordance with their valid international passports;
  • Upon arrival international passports must be submitted for registration to relevant authorities (Department of Visas and Registration of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (OVIR)) during 3 working days. Holders of tourist visa are free from registration. Registration is realized on the base of written letter of host organizations (inviting side), foreign permanent representatives in Tajikistan or letters of private persons. Registration of foreign citizens arrived to Tajikistan with private purposes (private visas) is realized on the base of their actual visa.

The following categories of foreign citizens are free from registration:

  • heads of states or governments of foreign countries, members of parliamentary and governmental delegations, technical personal of these delegations, members of families of mentioned persons;
  • holders of UN passports;
  • foreign citizens under 16 years old;
  • members of foreign military crew aircraft arrived to Tajikistan;
  • members of civil crew aircrafts of international airlines in case if they are situated in the air port;
  • members of crew auto crafts realizing transportation of cargo and passengers and enter to and exit from Tajikistan in accordance with route destination;

Permanent residence permission for foreign citizens

  • Foreign citizens would permanently live in Tajikistan if they receive permission for permanent residence issued by the Department of Visas and Registration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (OVIR);
  • Letter of request on issuance of permission for permanent residence in Tajikistan is to submitted by temporary arrived foreigners directly to the Department of Visas and Registration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (OVIR) up to place of residence in Tajikistan;
  • Permission for permanent residence is issued by relevant authorities of Tajikistan up to place of residence of foreign citizens, reached 16 years old for the term no more than 5 years and foreigner reached 45 years old for the whole term of passport validity;
  • Letter on extension of permission for permanent residence term or new permanent residence permission must be submitted by foreign citizens to the Department of Visas and Registration of the Ministry of internal affairs (OVIR) up to place of residence not later than 10 days before expiration of date of permanent residence permission;
  • Foreign citizens arrive in Tajikistan for the term more than 6 months have to receive permanent residence permission from the Department of Visas and Registration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (OVIR);
  • Permanent residence permission cannot be extended without extension of visa;
  • Foreign citizens temporarily living in Tajikistan and wishing to change the place of residence or temporarily move to another place must receive permission from the Department of Visas and Registration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (OVIR).
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