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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador:Abdujabbor SHIRINOV
Mailing Address - 1005 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington D.C., 200376
Telephone: 202-223-6090,
Fax: (202-223-6091)

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Kenneth Gross
Embassy: 109-A Ismoili Somoni Avenue, Dushanbe, Tajikistan 734019
Mailing Mddress: Use embassy street address
Telephone: [992] (37) 229-20-00
Fax: [992] (37) 229-20-50.

Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Tajikistan
Embassy of Tajikistan in Washington DC, U.S.A.
U.S Embassy Web Site in Tajikistan


FOREIGN RELATIONS

Afghanistan continues to represent the primary security concern in Tajikistan's immediate neighborhood, although 2010 violence in Kyrgyzstan caused concern. With the ouster of the former Taliban government from Afghanistan, Tajikistan now has much friendlier relations with its neighbor to the south. The Taliban-allied Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a U.S. Government-declared terrorist organization formerly active in Afghanistan and Tajikistan, has also been greatly diminished as a threat to Tajikistan's domestic stability. Rampant illicit trafficking of Afghan opium and heroin through Tajikistan remains a serious long-term threat to Tajikistan's stability and development, fostering corruption, violent crime, and economic distortions.

Tajikistan has a difficult relationship with Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is concerned about Tajikistan's plans to develop hydropower, which Uzbekistan views as a threat to downstream irrigation. Border disagreements arise sporadically between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. For the most part these are minor disagreements concerning people moving across mostly unmarked borders, but occasionally disputes develop into situations where gunfire is exchanged. For the most part relations are strained but peaceful.

U.S.-TAJIK RELATIONS

The United States remains committed to assisting Tajikistan in its economic and political development, as Tajikistan continues to recover from its civil war legacy. U.S. assistance efforts are evolving away from humanitarian aid and political reconciliation, as those needs increasingly have been met. Instead, U.S. efforts are targeted toward broader goals of democratic, social sector, and economic reform.

U.S.-Tajik relations have developed considerably since September 11, 2001. The two countries now have a broad-based relationship, cooperating in such areas as counter-narcotics, counterterrorism, non-proliferation, and regional growth and stability. In light of the Russian border forces' withdrawal from the Tajik-Afghan border, the U.S. Government leads an international donor effort to enhance Tajikistan's territorial integrity; prevent the transit of narcotics and material or technology related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD); and support a stable, peaceful Tajikistan in order to prevent the spread of influence and activities of radical groups and terrorists. In February 2010, the U.S. and Tajikistan launched an annual bilateral consultation process to enhance cooperation on a broad range of policy and assistance issues.

The U.S. continues to assist Tajikistan on economic reforms and integration into the broader global marketplace, for example in pursuing World Trade Organization (WTO) accession. U.S. assistance also supports health and education, as well as democracy, media, and local governance. Tajikistan has been a strong supporter of U.S. efforts on counterterrorism and in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

A U.S. Government-funded $36 million bridge over the Pyanzh River connecting Sher Khan, Afghanistan with Nizhniy Pyanzh, Tajikistan opened for commercial traffic in October 2007 and about 200 trucks cross daily. Since the opening, trade volume has more than tripled. The bridge and related customs facilities will continue to enhance economic and commercial opportunities on both sides of the river, allowing goods and people to move across more easily. On the Afghan side, the bridge road will connect to the Afghan Ring Road.

The United States recognized Tajikistan on December 25, 1991, the day the U.S.S.R. dissolved, and opened a temporary embassy in a hotel in the capital, Dushanbe, in March 1992. After the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998, Embassy Dushanbe American personnel were temporarily relocated to Almaty, Kazakhstan, due to heightened Embassy security standards. American Embassy Dushanbe has since returned to full operations and in July 2006 moved into a purpose-built embassy compound.

Principal U.S. Embassy Officials
Ambassador--Ken Gross
Deputy Chief of Mission--Necia Quast
Management Officer--Gregory S. Slotta
Political/Economic Section Chief--Manuel Micaller
Public Affairs Officer--Henry Scott (acting)
Consular Officer--Mary C. Ermel
Defense Attache--LTC Joseph J. Roberts
USAID Country Representative--Jeffrey Lehrer

The U.S. Embassy is located at 109-A Ismoili Somoni Avenue, Dushanbe, Tajikistan 734019. Embassy phone: [992] (37) 229-20-00, Consular section phone: [992] (37) 229-23-00, Embassy fax: [992] (37) 229-20-50. Website: dushanbe.usembassy.gov




TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Tajikistan check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving TBA
Currency Somoni
Electrical 220 Volts
Telephones Country Code 992, City Code, Dushanbe Area 31+7D, Khatlon Province 32+7D, Sughd Province 34+7D



Tajik Cuisine

Restaurant Elite Varied selection of European and Tajik dishes with Elite specials. Any dish by preliminary order. Full desert table and wide bar selection. Soft music and nice Western interior. No credit cards accepted. The most expensive restaurant in Dushanbe. Cash only.
$25-40 per person Location: Chapaev Street (opposite Radio House) Tel: 7(3772) 21-25-12 Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Bar-Restaurant Polonaise Exquisite European and Tajik cuisine (red and black caviar, sturgeon, trout, mushrooms, beef, lamb, smoked meat, and chicken.) Any course by preliminary order. Natural juices. Wide bar collection. Exclusively nice design. Cash only. $5-20 per person. Location: 2nd floor, 35/1 Bohtar Street (in building of Avtotranstechnika) Tel: 7(3772)21-25-26 Hours: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Restaurant Continent Mostly European cuisine with Continent specials. Delicious desert. Wide range of Moldovan, Bulgarian, licensed French and Italian wines. Any dish on preliminary order. Nice indoor and outdoor seating. Cash only. $5-20 per person Location: 32, Buhoro Street Tel: [7](3772)21-44-98 Hours: 12 p.m.-till last client

Bar/Restaurant Intourist-Tojikiston Two bars, four indoor (purely Tajik, European, and mixed design) and outdoor seating. European and Tajik dishes with restaurant's specials. Any dish by preliminary morning order. Wide bar selection including Tajik, Georgian, and Moldovan wines. Cash only. Breakfast - $4-5 per person Lunch - $5-6 per person Dinner - $7-10 per person Location: 22, Shotemur Street Tel: [7](3772)21-70-77, 21-33-52 Fax: [7](3772)21-64-26

Cafe Shahrom European cuisine only (meat and vegetable salads, mushrooms, shrimps, clear and cabbage soups, fish, chicken, fried meat, and natural juices. Alcohol beverages are temporarily not available. Cash only. Location: 16, Kirov (Husein-Zoda) Street Hours: 12 p.m.-23 p.m. daily except Sunday. Bar Manhattan Excellent selection of poultry: chicken, duck, turkey, partridge. Rabbit, fish, and meat courses are also available. Anything by preliminary order. Private rooms available. Wide bar selection. Cash only. $7-15 per person. Location: 32, Shotemur Street, Dushanbe Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.daily except Sunday

Bar Vostochny Tajik food mostly and some of regular European. Nice indoor and outdoor seating. Private cabins for 8/6/4/2 persons are available. Various alcoholic beverages. Ice-cream. Cash only. $5 per person without alcohol, $6-7 with strong beverages. Location: 56, Rudaki Avenue (along the main street of Dushanbe) Hours: 11 a.m.-till last client daily except Sunday

Cafe Romashka Snack and beer. Oudoor ground. No credit cards. Cash only. $5-10 per person Location: 33, Rudaki Avenue (along the main street of Dushanbe) Hours: daily except Sunday

Restaurant Kapris Standard European (salads, chicken, beefsteak, sausages) and Tajik food. Wide selection of Georgian wines, champagne, and liqueurs. No vodka. Indoor and outdoor seating. Western interior and private cabins available. $10-12.5 per person. Location: 32, Ghafurov Street, 82-y mikrorayon Tel: [7](3772)37-94-50 Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily


CUSTOMS/DUTIES

TOBACCO........200 Cigarettes or 100 Cigars or 500g of Tobacco

LIQUOR............2 Litres of Alcoholic Beverage

PERFUME.........Reasonable for Personal Use

CAMERAS.........No Restrictions

FILM.................Reasonable for Personal Use

GIFTS...............Reasonable Quantity

OTHER..............Up to the Value of US$500 for Personal Use Only

CURRENCY.......No Restrictions



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