FAQ

The information, which contains here will be very useful for you and will help to avoid some misunderstanding. By familiarizing more in details with this information you, essentially will facilitate your stay.
Capital – Tashkent city. Republic of Uzbekistan is located in vast territory in the middle of Central Asia, mainly between Amudarya and Sirdarya rivers. It is bordering with 5 neighbor republics: Kyrgyzstan in north-east, Kazakhstan in north-west, Tajikistan in south-east, Turkmenistan in south-west, in south, on short section, with Afghanistan.

Languages
The official language is Uzbek (Turkic origin), but the main part of the population can speak Russian as well (Slavonic origin). In some areas (Samarkand, Bukhara) people also speak Tadjik (Persian origin). English is getting popular among young generation.

Uzbekistan Area
447,400 sq km   

Country code
 +998

Religion
Islam – 88%, Christian (orthodox) – 9%

Climate/Weather
Climate in Uzbekistan is sharply continental, it varies from dry and arid, with warm summers and cool winters in the west to moderate rainfall, with temperature summers and bitterly cold winters in the east. Temperature in Uzbekistan ranges during the year, from +40˚C in summer (July and August) and -20˚C in the middle of winter (January and February). Humidity is fairly low. In spring and fall temperatures are of a more moderate nature (mid 20˚C to 30˚C)

Tourist seasons
Because of the peculiarity of climate, first half of tourist season falls on spring months: March, April, May, and the second half is in August, September and October. Also there is tourist activity in winter months for the lovers of mountains and winter sports (ski, snowboard)

Population
The population of Uzbekistan is over 30 mln. The density of population is 52, 8 people per 1km2. Ethnically the peoples on the territory of Uzbekistan are Uzbek (80%), Russians (5%), Tadjik (5, 5%), Kazakh (0, 8%), Karakalpak (3%), Tartar (1%) and others. Population is concentrated in the plains around water sources, in the valleys and deltas of the big rivers.

Currency Exchange
National currency is sum.  1 sum = 100 tiyin. 
All foreign currencies can be exchanged in major banks. The preferred currencies are US dollars and Euros (Cash). In country cities there are difficulties with exchange, advice to do all changes in Tashkent or ask your Tour leader/driver. Tourists should have enough cash US dollars (new dated notes in best condition) for most expenses.
 
National holidays and day offs:
Day offs: Saturday, Sunday

National holidays:
•    1 January – New Year
•    8 March – International Woman’s day
•    21 March – Navruz
•    9 May – Memorial Day
•    1 September – Independence Day
•    1 October – Teacher’s Day
•    8 December – Constitution Day.
•    There are also Muslim holidays (Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha etc.), which are changing in dates each year according to calendar (approximately 13 days) but have status of official holiday.

Business hours:
Banks                   
Working dates: weekdays
Business hours: 09:00-16:00
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Post offices
Working days:  weekdays
Business hours: 09:00-18:00
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Department stores          
Working days: weekdays
Business hours: 09:00-18:00
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Government organizations    
Working days: weekdays
Business hours: 09:00-18:00
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Credit Cards
Credit cards VISA, MASTER CARD are acceptable in major banks, hotels, stores and restaurants (In Tashkent). In country cities most used cash payments.

Electricity
220 volts AC, 50 Am. Round 2 pin continental plugs are standard.

Cuisine
There are over one thousand dishes in Uzbek cuisine. Fruits and vegetables grown under the tender oriental sun are terrific in taste. There are about 500 varieties of Uzbek PLOV only cooked in its own way in every region. Calorie content and ecological cleanness of local ingredients is unique, Uzbek cuisine cannot be described and it should be tasted.

Time
+5 hours ahead GMT

Health
No mandatory requirements for entry into Uzbekistan and no vaccinations are officially required. Tap water safe in most areas, but bottle water is recommended anyway.

Insurance
As this kind of services in Uzbekistan is still developing, it is advisable to be insured at home by your local insurance company.

Security
Individual safety boxes are not always available in Uzbekistan hotels. An essential part of your luggage is a comfortable money wallet, which may be worn under your clothing. At all times you should carry your main documents (i.e. currency, travelers’ cheque, air tickets, passports, visas etc.) In accordance with local laws, you will be required to hand in your passport to the hotel reception on arrival to allow registration of your passport details by the hotel. Your passport will normally be available again after a few hours. Do not forget to collect it before departure.

Extras
You are responsible for covering the cost of your hotel extras such as phone calls, room service, mini-bar in your room and laundry. Before departing from all the hotels on the tour, please ensure that you have checked with the front desk for any personal charges that the hotel may have made to your room.

Photography in Uzbekistan
No difficulty is put in the way of visitors who wish to photograph places of historic interest.
Photography inside some religious monuments and in airports, railway stations or near military installation may not be allowed. If in doubt ask your local guide. Please also note that there is a fee for photography in most sightseeing places

Rent a car
International Permit required. Minimum age is 18 years. Drive on the right. Speed limits 50-70 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h on highways. Car rent with driver is widely offered rather than without driver.

Tips
Tipping is widely used. If you are satisfied with service, you can leave some tips. It will be gladly accepted.

What to take
If you are coming to Uzbekistan as a tourist following items are essential to take while staying: a backpack is very useful in carrying personal things, a hat, sunglasses, light shoes, sun blocks and light colored cotton clothes during summer and hot periods; a light water and windproof jacket is useful during autumn and period of light showers and at nights in the desert. Uzbekistan is a conservative country, though with Muslim traditions; therefore clothes should be conservative. Women and men may wear long slacks and shirts or blouses with sleeves.

Airlines in Uzbekistan
All domestic flights are operated by National Company Uzbekistan Airways. Flights schedule can be changed without prior notice. Maximum luggage limit – 20kg per person + 5kg hand luggage. Clients should be at the airport minimum 1.5 hours before for domestic flights; and 2.5 hours before for international flights.

Airport and Customs Regulations

Dear guests and citizens of republic of Uzbekistan! To avoid violation of custom legislation when entering into Uzbekistan, during customs control and registration you need to know below coming information:
•    While crossing customs border of republic of Uzbekistan each passenger needs to fill custom declaration form T-6 by declaring foreign currency in cash, currency values, inventory holdings and other belongings of private use. 
•    Bringing foreign currency in cash into republic of Uzbekistan as well as traveling cheque are allowed in unlimited amount for residents and non residents but must be declared in custom form T-6

Bringing foreign currency in cash into republic of Uzbekistan with certification of form of TC-21
If resident or nonresident wish, foreign currency can be put on deposit with certificate TC-21, free of charge. First copy of TC-21 certificate with stamp is given to owner (passenger).
Detected fake foreign currency in cash, during custom inspection, not allowed entering into republic of Uzbekistan. Fake currency is stopped with drawing up of an act in set form of law. 

List of items prohibited to import into republic of Uzbekistan
•    Publications, manuscripts, cliché, pictures, illustrations, photos, photographic films, photo negatives,
•    Movie – video – audio products, gram records, sound materials aimed or related to undermine state and social regime, braking territorial integrity, political independency and state sovereignty, propagandizing war, terrorism, violence, national oneness and religious hatred, racism and its variety (anti-Semitism, fascism) as well as pornographic materials.
•    Prohibited import and export of rare and disappearing sort of animals in republic of Uzbekistan, listed in Red Book.
•    Import of goods, by natural person, for commercial activity, required registration of this person as an individual entrepreneur with right for import and export operations.
•    Limit of import of precious metals, not obliged by custom fees, are 5 units with total weight no more than 30 grams. Import and export of precious metals and jewelry for commercial aims are carried only with license given by Ministry of external Economic Relations and Trade of republic of Uzbekistan.
•    Import of radio electronic facilities and high-frequency equipments carried only with approval of appropriate authority of republic of Uzbekistan. (Centre of Electromagnetic Compatibility of Communication and Information Ministry of Uzbekistan)
•    To import photogenic and animal origin, special permit need from appropriate authority of republic of Uzbekistan. (Sanitary -Epidemiology Station)
•    Import and export of drugs and medical equipment allowed only with permission of Ministry of Health of republic of Uzbekistan.
•    Not showing in custom declaration and not presenting to custom inspector during oral inquiry of foreign currency in cash, inventory holdings and other belongings, will be understood and appear as factor of breaking custom laws of republic of Uzbekistan. When such law breaking facts of custom laws are found, they will be validated with procedural documents according to articles of customs code of republic of Uzbekistan.