Civil strife has dampened Tajikistan's potential as a tourist site, which was already limited by the destruction of most ancient monuments and buildings by numerous earthquakes (500 in this century alone). Visas are required for entry into Tajikistan and are obtainable upon arrival or through Russian embassies abroad. There are daily flights from Moscow to the capital city of Dushanbe.
According to 1999 UN estimates, the cost of staying in Dushanbe was $187 per day. Elsewhere in the country, estimated travel costs averaged $75 per day.