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


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa HQ
For Further Information
a list of Uzbek embassies in various countries
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

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Organising Your Trip

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






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

Train reservation services
The Uzbek Railway company

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Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Uzbekistan airways National yes yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Different Forms of Tourism

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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ministry of Culture.
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 Organisations
Uzbekistan Tourism Board

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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
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.
Hotel reservation websites

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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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.
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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Domestic Currency
Uzbek Sum
ISO Code
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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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Russian as well as Tadjik is mostly spoken.
Business Language

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Useful Resources

To Find a Job
Job of Mine - Uzbekistan

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