Location

The Republic of Uzbekistan is situated in the central part of Central Asia between two rivers Amudarya and Syrdarya. The Turan Lowland lies to the north-west, and the Tien-Shan and Pamir-Alay mountain ridges are located in the south-east of the republic. The Kyzyl-Kum desert defines the northern part of the country. Uzbekistan borders on Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan is a land with ancient culture and great historical heritage. The main cities of the country have ancient and rich history. In this regard it’s important to mention such cities as Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Khiva, Kokand, Termez and others.

Being situated at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road these cities have been major centers of international caravan trade where many nations exchanged their experience, knowledge, opinions, language and cultures.

These cities as precious pearls absorbed all the originality and unique beauty of this region and give opportunity to be carried to the atmosphere of medieval city and taste its coloring. Acquaintance with each of these cities will let you know its history and original culture of the nation.

Moreover Uzbekistan has another recourses that attract big number of foreign guests to the country, that are: deserts and national parks rich where you can find number of animals and plants of different varieties (some of them are congregated only in Uzbekistan); mountains and rivers which is of great importance for developing active type of tourism; mineral springs with healing water; traditions of applied art and originality of country culture.

Uzbekistan at a glance:

Official name:The Republic of Uzbekistan
Area: Total 447.400 km ²
Population:31,5 million
Density of population:50.1 per one km ²
Capital city:Tashkent
Religion:Islam – 88 %, Christian – 9 % and other religions
Time:GMT + 05:00 in winter time, + 04:00 in summer time
National currency:Soum (1 soum = 100 tiyin)
International dialing code: + 998
Language:Official language – Uzbek, language of international relations – Russian
 Electric power:220 V AC, 50 A; standard two-pin plug socket

Public holidays:

January 1New Year
March 8International Women’s Day
March 21Navruz (Central Asian New Year)
May 9Memorial and Remembrance Day
September 1Independence Day
October 1Teacher’s Day
December 8Constitution Day
Dates vary for holidaysHayit (Eid-Al-Fitr) and Qurban Hayit (Eid-Al-Adha)

Climate in Uzbekistan

The climate of Uzbekistan is extremely continental. The average monthly temperature in January ranges from – 10°С to + 3°С. Summer period is hot and dry. The average monthly temperature in summer varies from + 35°С to + 45°С. Autumn is relatively warm and it is the season when delicious fruits and vegetables are in abundance at bazaars / markets. The average temperature is + 13°С.

Medication

No vaccinations are required prior to entering Uzbekistan. In line with the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers as of November 12, 2015, № 330 “About bringing in, taking out and transit of narcotic drugs and precursors through the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan” there are endorsed the lists of narcotics, psychotropic drugs and precursors, which are subject to control in the country.

Registration of stay in Uzbekistan

The general rule is you must be registered within 72 hours of entering the country.
If you leave the country within 72 hours of arrival you are free from registration.

It is permissable to stay in a hotel or private house with Tourist visa. If you stay in a legal hotel you will be registered automatically and free of charge. You pay only the hotel fee. The hotel provides you with a registration card. Do not lose this card. You must keep this and present it at customs control when leaving the country.
Note: This only applies to tourist visa. Business and private visa holders MUST be registered individually at OVIR BY THE INVITING ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL.

National currency

All the payments must be done in Soum – national currency of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Currency exchange offices are available in hotels and at the main/ branch offices of banks in each city of Uzbekistan. The most converted currencies in the country are US dollars and Euros.