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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa regulations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visa HQ
Diplomatic Representations
a list of Uzbek embassies in various countries
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Tashkent is endowed with a metro and a network of public road transport.
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
Mapblast
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Tashkent (TAS) 11 km / 7 miles USD 4-10 / 15-20 min USD 0.10-0.50 / - -
Samarkand (SKD) 5 km / 3 miles USD 3-5 Available - -

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Most of the transportation in the country is done by road (96.8% of the total transport). The rail transport represents just 0.27% of the total transport but is increasing.  The  railway  network is made up of  3 992 km of  classic lines of which 620 are electrified, used exclusively by the national Uzbek company, Temir Yollary. Air transport accounts for 0.13% of the total transport.
Rail Companies
The Uzbek Railway company

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Uzbekistan airways National yes yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The poor maintenance of roads makes the circulation of traffic difficult and dangerous, including in the cities. Drivers and pedestrians have to be very careful because of the at times, unpredictable behavior of local drivers. There are few gas stations and the quality of the gas is irregular. Plan a reserve for long distances.
Road Maps
website for the sale of central Asian maps
Google Maps website

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Tashkent: Navoi Opera, Museum of Fine Arts, Koukeldach Madrassa, Tellia Cheikh Mosque.
Samarkand: Registan (madrassa of Ulug-Beg, madrassa Chir Dor, madrassa Tilia Kari), Bibi - Khanym Mosque, necropolis of Chah-i-Zinde, Gour Emir (tomb of Tamerlan and Ulug-Beg), observatory of Ulug-Beg, archaeological site of Afrasiab.
Bukhara: caravanserai of Rabati Malik, Kalan Mosque and Minaret, Liab-i-Khaouz, Mosque of Tchor Minor.
Khiva: Ichon-Qala, Kaltaminor Minaret, Mohamed Amin Khan madrassa, Kukhna Ark, Djouma Mosque, Tach-Khovoli.
Termez: archaeological museum.
The old city of eski Shahkhar.
Cultural
Traditional production of silk at Marghilan, capital of the silk industry.
The Igor Stavisky museum at Noukous (collection by "avant-gardes" and jewelry).
The Fine Arts museum and the Museum of Decorative Arts at Tashkent.
Nature
The Ugam-Tchatkal Reserve, a one hour's drive to the north-east of Tashkent.
Vallon de Tim, 130 km from the west of Samarkand.
The huge cliffs of Tchink that dominate the Aral sea (west coast, 80 km to the north-west of Mo'ynoq).
The Kitab Reserve and the Ghissar Park in the mountains of Ghissar.
Religious
Tashkent: Koukeldach Madrassa, Tellia Cheikh Mosque, Polish catholic church, German Lutheran church, Russian cathedral.
Samarkand: Registan (madrassa of Ulug-Beg, Chir Dor madrassa, Tilia Kari madrassa), Bibi-Khanym mosque, necropolis of Chah-i-Zinde, Gour Emir (tomb of Tamerlan and Ulug-Beg). In the vicinity of Bukhara: Islamic site of saint Khodja Ismail, Tchama Mosque at Urgut.
Bukhara: Kalan mosque and minaret, Liab-i-Khaouz, Mosque of Tchor minor, Nadir Divan-begi madrassa, Samanide mausoleum. In the neighborhoods of Bukhar: Diggarone Mosque, sanctuaries of Sufism:  Kasri Orifon, Sumitan, Chilangu.
Khiva: Kaltaminor Minaret, madrassa of Mohamed Amin Khan, Kukhna Ark, Djouma mosque.
Termez: Djakourgan minaret.
Namangam: Mullah-Bozor-Akun mosque.
Beach
Uzbekistan is a land-locked country. The shores of the Aral sea are not really fit for tourism.
Winter Sports
Visit the webpage on Sports on the portal of the Government of Uzbekistan.
Shopping
The souks of Tashkent: Alaiskii Bazaar, Chorsou Bazaar. The Tashkent 'flea-market': Tezikovka. The Big Bazaar of Samarkand. The Big Bazaars of Bukhara: Taq-i-Sarrafon, Taq-i-Fourouchon, and Taq-i-Zargaron.
Tourism Organizations
Tourism in Uzbekistan -Governmental Portal of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No demands in terms of vaccinations for international travelers.
Most of the health problems in the country are due to the adverse environmental effects from the Soviet policy of single-crop farming of cotton. The water contains large quantities of toxic waste, pesticides, chemical fertilizers....the situation is the most alarming around the former Aral sea, where the cases of tuberculosis and anemia have progressively increased by 6% and 30% respectively over the last ten years. There are no compulsory vaccination requirements, but it is strongly advised to be up-to-date with vaccinations for Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, rabies if you wish to hike off the beaten track, and for DTP. Malaria is not rife in Uzbekistan.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
For inquiring with the Ministry of Health
The website of the World Health Organization that gives detailed information on questions related to health
 

Emergency Numbers

Police 02
Fire Brigade 01
Ambulance 03
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Tashkent (GMT+5 )
Summer Time Period
April to September
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
In winter, the temperature comes down to -8 degrees C on an average in the north, while it remains positive in the south. In summer, the temperature is between 25 - 30 degrees C and up to 32 degrees C in the south.
For Further Information
Gismeteo
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Uzbek food has been highly influenced by Turkish food. among the different culinary specialties there are a lot of spicy dishes.
For example :
Plov: pieces of mutton served with grated turnips and rice.
Shashlyk: spicy mutton and onions kebab, cooked on charcoal.
Manty: small fresh raviolis stuffed with beef.
Shorpas: large variety of fresh vegetable soups.
During autumn and summer, it is impossible to avoid eating fruits. There is a large variety of fruits: grapes, apricots, pomegranates and particularly watermelons in the summer.
Drinks
With respect to drinks, the Uzbeks love tea and drink it throughout the year. One can fins tea breweries or Chai-Khanas. The Uzbeks also drink Kefir which is a fresh yogurt-based drink and which is often served during breakfast. Amateurs of alcohol can taste the Uzbek sparkling wine, which is also called Shampanski.
Dietary Restrictions
Pork is prohibited in Uzbekistan.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Uzbek Sum
ISO Code
UZS
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Payment for any medical service should be made on the spot in cash. Besides, as for any other business or tourist trip, it is advised to subscribe to a supplementary insurance policy.
Possible Means of Payment
Credit cards and travelers checks are not much used in Uzbekistan. It is better to arrive with hard foreign currency that can be changed in the capital. It is always better to ask for a receipt of the foreign exchange to explain currency expenses at the time of departure.

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Speaking

Official Language
Uzbek 
Other Languages Spoken
Russian as well as Tadjik is mostly spoken.
Business Language
Russian
Getting Some Knowledge
The word2word portal directs one to websites for learning Russian.
The website unilang has initiation courses for Uzbek.
Free Translation Tools
Zangori kema : Free Uzbek-English dictionary

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
The portal provides the addresses of agents for apartment rentals (Uzbekistan Apartments for Rent and Sale), of hotels and travel agencies.

A Tashkent real-estate website for finding apartments, houses and offices for sale or for hire in Tashkent
Free advertisements for buying and selling of property
To Find a Job
Job of Mine - Uzbekistan

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