Tajikistan (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

South Africa and Tajikistan established full diplomatic and consular relations on 5 May 1992. The South African Embassy in Astana is accredited on a non-residential basis to the Republic of Tajikistan.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Tajikistan

There is no South African resident representation in Tajikistan, but the South African Ambassador to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan is accredited to Dushanbe on a non-resident basis.

H E Ms K S T Matthews
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Tajikistan Representation in South Africa

No Representation

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For visa information please contact the Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Health Requirements


For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Please note: The health care system in Tajikistan is underdeveloped in certain areas with periodic shortages of certain medical supplies.   Visitors are furthermore advised not to drink tap water. There are, during the hot season, a few pockets where malaria can occur.

Climate Info

The Republic of Tajikistan is a typical mountainous country ranging from 300 to 7495 metres above sea level.

The climate is continental. Temperatures in Tajikistan range from 50 degrees centigrade in summer to minus 50 degrees centigrade in winter. Tajikistan has the second largest water resources in CIS after Russia. The main sources of water are glaciers.

The Republic of Tajikistan is rich in lakes. Their water surface occupies 1005 sq km, which is about 1 percent of the territory of the Republic.

The vegetation is desert, steppe, mountain and meadow.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Tajikistani Somoni (TJS).

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

Not available - although South African engineering goods are used in local mines.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Tajikistan, visit the website of the South African Revenue Service and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


How does one reach Tajikistan?

National carrier Tajik Air and the private airline Somon Air are the country's two airlines. From Dushanbe, flights are available to numerous cities across Russia, including Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Aside from Russia, the main international destinations to/from Tajikistan are:

  • Istanbul — Turkish Airlines, Somon Air
  • Dubai/Sharjah — Somon Air, Tajik Air
  • Frankfurt — Somon Air
  • Tehran — Somon Air, Iran Aseman Airlines
  • Kabul — Kam Air
  • Urumqi — China Southern Airlines

Is it safe to visit Tajikistan?

Tajikistan is a safe country.  Factional fighting does however spill over from nearbouring Afghanistan from time to time.  Visitors should keep abreast of the security situation and it is suggested that the advice of the South African Embassy in Astana or other reliable sources be obtained before travelling to more remote parts of the country.

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