Uzbekistan Travel Information
Cases of the coronavirus in Uzbekistan have been
reported. An exception state is declared. The borders
are closed and commercial flights are canceled.
Most trips to Uzbekistan are made without special
problems. However, be aware of the border areas of
Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
It is not recommended to travel to the border areas
towards Tajikistan because of the risks associated with
land mines. In the border areas against Afghanistan and
Kyrgyzstan there is a risk of undone explosives.
Pay special attention to border crossings from
Uzbekistan to Afghanistan. These can be closed at high
bilateral tension and around holidays. When crossing,
use official border crossings and check the status of
these before departure.
The Fergana Valley is a high-voltage area. Especially
after the events in Andijan in 2005, where several
people were killed after shooting protesters.
When traveling abroad, there is always a possibility
that you may be exposed to unpleasant incidents,
violence or other crime. There is a risk of being
attacked by terrorist attacks in most places in the
world. Travelers should always be alert and take general
- Make sure you have travel insurance with good
- Listen to local advice and, if possible, follow
the local media
- Always carry a certified copy of your passport
and visa. Keep passports and copy of passports in
- Avoid large crowds such as political mass
demonstrations and demonstrations as well as places
where political demonstrations have been announced.
- Use common sense. Travel alone at night is not
- Show caution in traffic. Many accidents occur.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Uzbekistan is
considered low. There are radical Islamist groups that
have a stated goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate
in Central Asia. Western personnel and interests are to
a small extent the target of such groups.
There is widespread intolerance against
homosexuality, which is punishable by up to three years
- Countryaah: Tashkent is the capital
of Uzbekistan. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Uzbekistan is located in an active seismic zone. An
earthquake in 1966 destroyed much of the capital
Tashkent, despite measuring only 5.2 on Richter's scale.
Since 1966 there have been a number of serious
earthquakes in the country. The latest major earthquake,
which measured 6.1 and killed 13 people, happened in
July 2011 in the Fergana Valley.
Norwegian citizens staying for short or long periods
in Uzbekistan are encouraged to register on
Emergency telephones: Fire 001, police 002, ambulance
003, gas leak 104.
In crisis and emergencies, travelers can contact the
UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or
by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
No international travel insurance companies are
established in Uzbekistan.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Uzbekistan is visa-free for Norwegian citizens with a
stay of up to thirty days. You can read more about the
country's visa regulations here.
Norwegians apply for a visa at the Uzbek Embassy in
London. Information related to obtaining a visa for
Uzbekistan can be found at the Uzbek Embassy in London.
Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Address: 41 Holland Park, London, W11 3RP
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7229 7679;
Fax: 44 (0) 20 7229 7029
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Consular Services: Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm (Friday
9am to 6pm with break from 1pm to 3pm)
E-mail: info @ uzbekembassy.org
Import regulations to Uzbekistan: The regulations
should be checked individually by product type. See
http://www.customs.uz/ru/ (Uzbek / Russian only) or
contact the State Customs Board of Uzbekistan,
Uzbekistan Avenue 3, Tashkent, 100003 Uzbekistan. Tel:
+998 (371) 120-76-33. A customs declaration must be
completed upon entry.
Export regulations from Uzbekistan and import
regulations to Norway should be checked individually by
product type. Typical tourist purchases are carpets,
wood crafts, stone, ceramics, silk and works of art.
Carpets and paintings must be registered before
execution. Make sure the seller obtains the necessary
Imports of goods from Uzbekistan to Norway are
subject to normal import regulations. Check these before
purchasing in Uzbekistan is recommended.
Uzbek citizens must have a visa to enter Norway.
Schengen visa applied for and issued at the Italian
embassy in Tashkent:
Embassy of Italy
Address: Ulitsa Yusuf Khos Khojib 40, 100017 Tashkent
Phone: +998 (71) 252-11-20/252-11-23
Fax: + 998 (71) 120-66-06
Email: segreteria.tashkent @ esteri.it
Coronavirus (covid-19): Cases of
coronavirus and deaths related to the virus in
Uzbekistan have been reported. All cases must have been
The borders are closed and commercial flights are
canceled. There are increasingly stringent entry and
exit restrictions, as well as travel restrictions
between regions inland.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The hospitals are of poor standard compared to
European conditions. For serious illness, transport
abroad is recommended.
No vaccination is required to travel to Uzbekistan,
but drinking tap water is not recommended. However,
bottled water is readily available and the food is
consistently good quality.
The hospitals are of poor standard compared to
European conditions. For less serious illness, the
hotels can recommend a doctor. For serious illness,
transport abroad is recommended. It is therefore
important to have good travel insurance before
For official health professional travel advice, refer
to the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public
Uzbek is the official language. Russian is spoken by
most. Few master English.
Uzbekistan is located in the UTC +5 time zone and has
no alternation between summer and winter time.
The telephone system can be unstable and the
authorities have had a low threshold for closing
communication lines. GSM is available in Uzbekistan and
now covers virtually the entire country. Telephone
services at the hotels are very expensive and it is
recommended to check the prices for mobile phone use.
There is tight control over the Internet. There are
internet cafes in Tashkent and other major cities.
Uzbekistan (UZS) was introduced as national currency
in November 1993 as a replacement for Soviet/Russian
ruble. Although prices are often quoted in USD, only UZS
is the legal means of payment. See today's course here.
Uzbekistan uses 220 volts with standard European
plugs. Power supply is largely stable in cities, but
there is a power outage/rationing in rural areas.
Banks are normally open from 09:30 to 16:00 on
weekdays, public offices from 09:00 to 18:00 on
weekdays, shops from 10:00 to 20:00, grocery stores
often longer. The food markets are open every day of the
Uzbekistan has a desert climate with long, hot
summers (often above 40 กใ C) and mild winters.
Precipitation mainly in winter and spring. The average
temperature is +27 กใ C in summer and -2 กใ C in winter
(but can drop to -40 กใ C).
Regular holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), March 8
(Women's Day), March 21 (Navruz, Spring Solstice), May 9
(Memorial and Honor Day), September 1 (Independence
Day/National Day), October 1 (Teachers' Day), December 8
(Constitution Day). Moving holidays: Id-ul-Fitr, end of
Ramadan and Id-ul-Azha, end of hajj.
There are car rental companies in Uzbekistan, but it
is recommended to hire a car including a driver. The
road standard is low and the signage is poor. Few people
speak English and the driving culture is different from
European. Driver's car can be booked through most hotels
in Tashkent. It is recommended to take only public. The
price should be agreed in advance and bargaining is
allowed, especially for longer trips. Tashkent has a
reliable subway system, but there is great congestion
during rush hour. The railway can be perceived as rather
uncomfortable, except for the modern fast trains from
Tashkent to Samarkand and Bukhara (which is considered
safer than bus or car). Uzbekistan Airways has routes
between Tashkent and Samarkand, Bukhara, Andijan, Khiva,
Navoi and Namangan, among others.
Uzbek is the official language of the country.
Russian is spoken by many in the cities. Few master
English. At the larger and more popular hotels and some
restaurants, the staff usually speak some English.
Uzbekistan is a conservative society. Attention is
paid to courtesy and respect, especially to women.
Formal attire should be worn in a meeting setting. Also
in an informal context, the Uzbek are often
well-dressed, women often in traditional costume. Uzbek
people are very hospitable, and invite guests for
dinner, sightseeing, etc.
At the biggest hotels in Tashkent there are ATMs that
accept Visa and MasterCard. ATMs pay Uzbek (UZS) or USD.
It is possible to exchange USD and Euros in banks or
official exchange offices at the larger hotels. It is a
criminal offense to exchange on the black exchange. Some
restaurants and shops in Tashkent accept credit cards,
but may incur a charge of up to ten percent. Although
prices are often quoted in USD, it is illegal to pay
with USD in Uzbekistan.
It is not recommended to photograph sensitive areas,
such as government buildings, infrastructure and
military installations. There are severe penalties for
the use and possession of drugs. The promissory limit in
Uzbekistan is set to 0.
The conditions in the prisons differ significantly
from those found in Norway.