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It's probably a good idea to learn Russian, or at least the Cyrillic alphabet.
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.
It seems that there are a lot of checks. Carry copies 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.
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.
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 checked very carefully. If you get caught without registration, the fine will be more than €700.
The old town of Bukhara seems to be very impressing.
The Usbek number plate is white and begins with two numbers, which gives you a clue about the region the car is registrated in.
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|10-19||Tashkent (Province Tashkent)|
- With Afghanistan: at Termiz. They search people throughly.