The United States and the United Kingdom are planning to begin issuing visas for the first time for nationals of Tajikistan.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed concern about the country’s growing role in the global refugee crisis, but a temporary visa allows foreign nationals to enter the country.
The Tajik government has been seeking an extension for the visa program.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has not issued an official request for a visa, but has said that the country “will continue to work towards a peaceful solution.”
Tajik leader Emomal Rahmon.
AP The visa program will be implemented in phases.
The first phase will be available to nationals of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, Kyrgyzanstan, Uzbekistan, Tajakistan and Kazakhstan, the United States State Department said in a statement.
The second phase, which is expected to start in 2018, will allow Tajik citizens to enter only for business, tourism, entertainment and humanitarian activities.
The third phase, expected to begin in 2019, will provide entry for residents of Tajika and Tajik nationals.