To travel on the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan one needs a special GBAO permit, I got my Tajik visa today and it came with an extra stamp:

stamp in the passport

Is this the GBAO permit?


Yes, that's it. I just checked my passport, where mine is still in from three years ago, and can confirm mine looks like that too. They check it at the entrance to the area, a few hours out of Dushanbe, and then at many, many checkpoints along the way - at least to Khorog, which is as far as I got unfortunately, before needing to turn back.

Enjoy the many tea stops, the crazy rides, cliffs, and spectacular scenery like this:

Pamir Highway between Dushanbe and Khorog (source)

and keep an eye out for the odd overturned tank(!).

(edit) If you want an online source, the link Gilles provided backs this up.

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    Thanks Mark, I expected an answer from you on this. I will have more questions as soon as I get there. – Peter Hahndorf Apr 19 '14 at 8:47
  • @PeterHahndorf great, looking forward to seeing them, loved the country, was very disappointed to cut it short. – Mark Mayo Apr 19 '14 at 8:50

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