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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 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.
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.
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 Uzbek number plate is white and begins with two numbers, which gives you a clue about the region the car is registered in.
|01-09||Tashkent (City Toshkent)|
|10-19||Tashkent (Province Tashkent)|
- With Afghanistan: at Termiz. They search people thoroughly.
- It is compulsory to fill in two declarations (printed in Russian!) two times when entering and leaving country. Precisely enter all information about money you got. The bad side of this, is that you need to carry your declaration with you all the time so any policeman can quickly find out how much money you have. Also when leaving country be ready to prove your expenses with receipts from hotels, supermarkets etc. If you will have more money than you declared on entering show the receipts from cashpoints or they will confiscate your money since they consider it to be illegal. There is no need to carry out Uzbek money because the exchange rate outside of Uzbekistan is extremely low.
Uzbekistan has a very closed economy. It's not easy to find cashpoints. There are only 2 cashpoints accepting MasterCard in the entire country (2010). Both are in Tashkent. First one is in hotel "Uzbekistan" (also accepts VISA) near metro "Amir Temur hieboni" and the second one in hotel "Russia". Cashpoint only give out bills of 100USD. The exchange rate in the bazaar can be 200% from the official rate, but it's illegal.