Uzbekistan

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Language: Uzbek
Capital: Tashkent
Population: 27,727,000
Currency: Som
Paved roads: 71.237 km (87%)
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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 Uzbeks 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 traveling 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 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 travelers. 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 checked very carefully. If you get caught 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

Cities

Broder Crossing

  • With Afghanistan: at Termiz. They search people thoroughly.
  • There is necessity to fill two declarations (printed in Russian!) two times when entering and leaving country. Precisely fill all information about money you got. Bad side of this, is that you need to carry your declaration with you all the time so any policeman knows how much money you got. Also when leaving country be ready to proof money difference by checks from hotels, supermarkets etc. If you will have more money than you declared on entering show check from cashpoint or they will take your money as illegal. Also there is no need to carry out Uzbek sums from country cause exchange course outside of Uzbekistan in extremely low.

Credit cards

Uzbekistan got very closed economics, so it's not easy to find cashpoint. There is only 2(!) cashpoints accepting MasterCard in whole(!) country (2010). Both are in Tashkent. First one located in hotel "Uzbekistan" (also accept VISA) near metro "Amir Temur hieboni" and second one in hotel "Russia". Cashpoint give only 100USD papers. Also bazaar couse of exchange up to 200% than official.