Travel Advice for Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
Capital: Tashkent

Time Zone GMT + 5
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 7 (3712 for Tashkent)
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 03
Tourist
Information
Ministry of Tourism, 47 Khorezm Street, Tashkent 700047, Uzbekistan.
Tel: (3172) 335 414 Fax: (3712)367 948.
Passport
Information
Passports required by all and must be valid for 6 months prior to departure date. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except nationals of CIS countries and some of the former Eastern block countries. All visitors are advised to contact the relevant authority for a full list of regulations.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Risk exists near the Afghan border.
Other Health Risks: Diphtheria is endemic.
Rabies and Cholera are also health risks.
Vaccinations for Hepatitis are also recommended.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency The Som is now the official currency, which was introduced in 1994.
Cash is the only real form of currency, US Dollars are the preferred foreign currency. Exchange: use banks and official bureau de change.
NOTE: The import and export of local currency is prohibited.
Credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
The limited variety of goods that are available are extremely inexpensive.
Languages Uzbek. Russian, Tajik, Kazakh and English are also spoken.
Weather Continental Climate. South is the warmest. Summer temperatures can be very hot. The most comfortable time to visit is during the spring or Autumn.
Electricity 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Round 2 pin continental plugs are standard.
Post Letters to Western Europe and the USA take between two weeks and two months.
Transport ROAD: A reasonable road network exists.
BUS: Services connect the major towns and cities.
TAXIS: Can be found in all major centres. Many licences are unlicensed which should be avoided. Travellers are advised to agree the fare in advance and not share with strangers. Use the old and new (since independence) street names when asking for directions.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP will be required when car hire is introduced.
Special
Information
Because of the situation of global and regional insecurity at present, travellers should exercise extreme caution and make only necessary journeys to this country. If you intend to travel depite this advice you should be aware that due to recent bombings in Tashkent tourists are advised to exercise caution. Although the situation is returning to normal, there is still a possibility of further bombing. Keep valuables out of sight. There is terrorist activity and kidnappings in some areas of the country. Long distance travel by train should be avoided. Do not leave the compartment unattended and lock the door. It is not recommended to use local airlines as they are not always regularly maintained. Shorts are rarely worn and women should be prepared for unwelcome attention from the local male population if they wear them.