Uzbekistan

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Information
Language: Uzbek
Capital: Tashkent
Population: 27,727,000
Currency: Som
Paved roads: 71.237 km (87%)
Hitchability:
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Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia. There are borders to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

It's probably a good idea to learn Russian, or at least the Cyrillic alphabet.

Hitchhiking

Due to most people do not own a vehicle, hitchhiking seems to be a common way to get around. But for the usbeks hitchhiking is like taking a taxi, so payment is expected. Anyway there might be a chance to get a free lift if you make it clear before you enter. Tell the driver that you are travelling without money and you are doing autostop (автостоп (pronounced like awtostop)) all the way.

Police

It seems that there are a lot of checks. Carry copys of your passport and visa with you. Don't give your passport away and if they want to see the original, try to do it in the police station. Sometimes some guys in fake police uniforms try to steal passports. Often local police officers try to get some money from travellers. If you are not sure, call your embassy and ask if the police is right. Don't give them money for flimsy reasons, if you are not sure discuss and make a phone call to somebody who knows. Don't take photos of strategical buildings such as bridges, border checks or the subway of Tashkent.

Border crossing

The border checks are very strict. Corruption is common. Stay cool, and better call your embassy and ask there if you think they are trying to fool you. Road checkpoints are opened from 9 o'clock in the morning to 6 o'clock in the evening. At night the borders are closed.

Registration

You need to register at UVViOG if you stay longer than 3 days. If you stay in a hostel or hotel they will do it for you. The registration is $20. You need your registration when you leave the country again. Also this registration is checkt very carfully. If you get catched without registration, the fine will be more than €700.

Danger

There can be landmines in the border regions to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Sightseeing

The old town of Bukhara seems to be very impressing.

Number Plate

The Usbek number plate is white and begins with two numbers, which gives you a clue about the region the car is registrated in.

Number Province
01-09 Tashkent (City Toshkent)
10-19 Tashkent (Province Tashkent)
20-24 Sirdaryo
25-29 Jizzax
30-39 Samarqand
40-49 Fergana
50-59 Provinz Namangan
60-69 Andijon
70-74 Qarshi
75-79 Termez
80-84 Bukhara
85-89 Navoiy
90-94 Urgench
95-99 Nukus

Citys