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Frequently Asked Questions - Uzbekistan

FAQ - Uzbekistan

Frequently Asked Questions - Travel tips for travelers visiting Uzbekistan.

What time is the best to travel?
The best time to visit Uzbekistan is generally in spring (April-May) or autumn (September-October).

Do I need a Visa to Uzbekistan?
All foreign nationals are required to obtain an entry visa to Uzbekistan (Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan (up to 60 days), Moldova, Russia and Ukraine fon't need a visa to enter the Republic of Uzbekistan). Foreign nationals should have a visa support to obtain tourist visa to Uzbekistan. Read more

Can I obtain visa on arrival at Tashkent International Airport?
Yes, it is possible to obtain a visa on arrival at the Tashkent International Airport, if both of the following conditions are met:

  1. There is no Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate in the country, where you are originating your flight to Uzbekistan.
  2. Connecting flight to Uzbekistan, in the country where Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate exists, does not provide enough time to obtain a visa.

What is the distance between the main cities in Uzbekistan?
For information about the distance between the main tourist cities click here

Is there a car rental service in Uzbekistan?
No, there is not. But you can rent a car with a driver. For information about cars for a rent click here

What is the voltage in Uzbekistan?
The voltage is 220 V. 

Do women have clothing limitations?
Generally, there are no strict limitations on clothing, especially in Tashkent and other major cities, where particularly young people enjoy full liberty with clothing. You can frequently encounter young ladies wearing traditional Islamic covers, but this is a personal preference rather than a must.

In some provinces, however, such as Ferghana Valley, it would be better to avoid wearing shorts. Same rule is applied when visiting religious places, mosques, mausoleums, etc. Also, ladies should cover their shoulders and chest and preferably wear a hat or a headscarf.

Can I take alcoholic drinks?
In Uzbekistan it is not forbidden to take, sell and deliver alcoholic beverages.

Do I need any vaccination?
No, there are no any prerequisites for vaccination for travelers.

Can I bring alcoholic beverage to Uzbekistan?
Entering Uzbekistan, you can bring alcoholic beverages up to two bottles per person.

Important: For citizens flying from Uzbekistan to the EU, there is a limitation on the number of exported liquids in hand luggage: the volume of containers that contain liquids (alcohol, lotions, perfumes, etc.) should not exceed 100 ml, and the total liquid volume should not be over one liter. 

Is it safe to drink tap water?
Drinking tap water is not recommended but you can use boiled water. Bottled water can be bought throughout the country.  

What kind of restaurants, cafes you can recommend?
For information about recommended restaurants click here.  

What language do people speak?
The official language is Uzbek, but the main part of population can speak Russian. In some areas (Samarkand, Bukhara) people also speak Tadjik. English is getting popular among young people. 

What is the Uzbek currency?
For information about currency of Uzbekistan click here.  

Can I pay by a credit card?
In some place in Tashkent it is possible to pay by credit cards. Master Card and Visa are accepted. 

Is it possible to exchange sums to dollars (at departure)?
Currency exchange offices of the country provide exchange operations of sums to dollars before departuring from Uzbekistan, on conditions that tourist preserve a document, given by bank, which indicated primary currency exchange of dollars to sums (or any other currency). However, it is worth considering that exchange offices may not have the currency you need. 

What mobile operators are working in Uzbekistan?
For information about mobile operaotrs in Uzbekistan click here

Can foreign citizens become subscribers of cellular operators in Uzbekistan?
Foreign citizens can become subscribers of any cellular company operating in Uzbekistan, in case if they have temporary residence permit or registration in hotel. 

What are the Uzbekistan phone code and city codes?
For information about phone codes and city codes click here

What is the letter of invitation (LOI) to Uzbekistan?
A Letter of Invitation (LOI or Visa Support Letter) to Uzbekistan is a written document in support of a tourist seeking a visa to enter Uzbekistan. LOI for tourists visas are issued by Travel Company GLOBAL CONNECT LLC and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Travel Company GLOBAL CONNECT LLC submits a visa application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ministry reviews the application, reserving the right to deny any application without providing explanations. Approved visa support is telexed directly to the Embassy or Consulate in the country where you intend to obtain your visa. For more information about the letter of invitation (LOI) to Uzbekistan click here

What is a consular fee?
Consular fee – money charged by consulate or embassy to issue a visa. 

What is a single supplement?
Single supplement – surcharge added to the cost to solo travelers when they take a room alone. 

What is the difference between half board and full board?
Half board includes breakfast and either lunch OR dinner. Full board includes all three meals. 

What is the difference between double and twin rooms?
Double room – a room shared by two people. It has one big bed (King-sized bed).Twin room – a room shared by two people. It has two single (separate) beds. 

What is a group visa?
Group visa is a visa issued for a group. A group is defined as ten or more applicants traveling to the same location for the same purpose. 

What is the difference between guest house and national house?
Guest house is a house run by local people who live at the same premises. It’s similar to a hostel, bed and breakfast, or inn. Guest house is a type of inexpensive hotel-like lodging. National house is a house where local people live and receive visitors for lunch and dinners. You can order a dish from local national cuisine and feel yourself like home there. Accommodation is usually not provided in national houses. 

We were told to fill out 2 forms at arrival, we have no idea first of all, why do we have to fill our 2 arrival forms? Why would the Custom officer really interested how much cash/money we're carrying?
Upon arrival in Uzbekistan you have to complete two copies of Customs Declaration Forms, accurately indicating all cash and other valuable items you may have. Please keep the second copy of the Customs Declaration Form, stamped by the customs official, until your departure. It gets more complicated if you lose the Entry Custom Declaration Form, you may not be able to take out any amount cash or valuables. Customs official requires that second copy of Customs Declaration Form (filled out upon your arrival) and asks you to fill out a new one upon departure. You will be allowed to leave the country with cash up to the amount indicated in your customs declaration forms. Also, at customs you may be requested to show declared valuables and recount foreign currency indicated in Customs Declaration Form.In case if a traveler has more cash than it was declared upon arrival, money will have to stay in Uzbekistan: the traveler will be requested to leave the exceeding amount with friends, travel agency, or the money can even be confiscated if there is no one to leave the money with. 

What is the maximum cash that we can bring into Uzbekistan?
You may import to Uzbekistan foreign currency without any limitation, in case you have pointed out the right amount in the Custom Declaration form up to 5 000 USD or its equivalent in other foreign currency you should mention it in the Custom Declaration form. In case you have more then 5 000 USD or its equivalent in other foreign currency additionally you will be issued the certificate of TC-28 form. 

How much to tip?
Tourists may wish to express their appreciation, a reward for extra service to the porters, waiters, drivers and guides. The degree of appreciation may vary, and our policy is to leave this to your discretion. This is usually given individually at the end of the tour/service.

In Uzbekistan tipping is not compulsory or expected, however, tips can be given optionally if service is particularly good.

Restaurants/ Cafes/ Bars: most of them automatically apply 10-15% service surcharge to the customer's bill. No additional tipping is needed, however it is appreciated. There are few tourist orientated restaurants that do not charge for the service. There 15-20% tipping would be expected. If the restaurant/café doesn’t have an extra service charge, it usually will be shown on a menu, as charge the service is rather by default.

Hotels: service charge is always included, but bell-boys may expect a small gratuity.

Drivers and guides: tips for drivers and guides services express your appreciation or a reward for extra service and always at your discretion. It is usually given at the end of the tour/service.