"Border formalities Part II - Into Tajikistan" Panjakent Favorite Tip by TheWanderingCamel
Panjakent General: 3 reviews and 3 photos
Favorite thing: With the officious formality of the Uzbek border post behind you and the walk between the two countries nearly at an end, it's time to approach the Tajik border. Back in Uzbekistan, the post is a solid concrete building, with doors marked in and out, an x-ray machine for bags and baggage, desks for officials and writing stands for travellers to use as they fill out their forms. Behind the Tajik barrier there's a corrugated iron shed and a rickety table and bench under a tree across the road.
Our guide was waiting for us behind the barrier with a fistful of flimsy documents just like the ones we had filled in back up the road. Making our way over to the table and bench, we filled them in with her help - just one this time, no duplicates were required here, and no English translations of the questions either so it was as well there was someone there to help us with them. Then across the road to stand at the window at the end of the shed to have both customs forms and passports checked - no handwritten ledgers here either - just a smiling "Welcome to Tajikistan" from the immigration officer.
Passports stamped and then a wave-on from the bored-looking border guard, it was time to make our way to the waiting minivan and our day in Panjakent, only to do the whole thing in reverse when we arrived back at 3pm. Altogether, the border crossing formalities consumed about two hours of our day (most of this on the Uzbek side), and we were only a group of eight. Bureacracy is alive and well in Central Asia!