The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO).
The government of Tajikistan has suspended travel permits for foreign nationals to travel to GBAO and advised that it cannot at this time guarantee the security of foreign nationals in the area.
Due to these restrictions, the British Embassy will not be able to provide a full range of consular services to British nationals currently in GBAO.
There was a shooting incident on the Tajikistan/Afghanistan border close to the town of Khorog, the administrative centre of GBAO on 10 June 2014, following earlier outbreaks of localised violence in Khorog in late May 2014. The government has increased security and there is a heightened military presence on the streets. Further violence is possible. (13 June 2014)
Tajikistan is a mountainous region like most countries bordering it. After its indepedence in 1991, the region lived through a civil war which made it the poorest country of the ex-Soviet Union. It was able to adjust the mark through international aid. Cotton is the country's authentic resource. The Pamir, this Tajik chain of high mountains, is among the highest in the world. Foolhardy adventurers could set out in search of the famous Yeti!