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IslamiCity > Travel > 2004 Program to Uzbekistan
 TRAVEL GUIDE FOR UZBEKISTAN
Passports / Visas
A valid passport is required to travel abroad. Everyone requires a visa for Uzbekistan except holders of a Uzbek Passport.  Processing of visa applications can take weeks, so plan accordingly.

Climate
The general weather in all of Uzbekistan during August will be warm. Late evenings may be a bit cooler. Specific climate in the cities that will be visited as follows:

City Average Temp in August

High 84/88 & Low 69/73 in Fahrenheit

  High 30/32 & Low 21/23 in Centigrade
High 86/90 & Low 68/71 in Fahrenheit
  High 30/32 & Low 20/22 in Centigrade

Travelers should pack light cotton clothes that conform to Islamic requirements, along with a light jacket for cool evenings.

Time
Uzbekistan is 8 hours + GMT. Click here for more.

Money / Currency
Uzbek currency is called Sum. Issued by the Central Bank of Uzbekistan. It is the sole legal tender for both the Uzbek nationals and foreign tourists.

It is best to convert some currency at the airport in Tashkent upon arrival. Banks are also good places to convert currency, and their rates vary slightly. Avoid converting currency at a hotel, where rates are not competitive.

The Bank of Uzbekistan can cash travelers' cheques sold by international commercial banks and travelers' cheque companies in the United States, Canada, and many other countries.

Preferably, keep your currency exchange receipts, because you may need to show them when you change Sums back to your own currency at the end of your visit to. Currency rather than credit cards is essential in remote areas and you should ensure that you carry sufficient Sums to cover your requirements.

At present, the following credit cards are accepted in Uzbekistan: Master Card, Visa, and American Express. Holders can draw cash from the Bank of Uzbekistan and pay for purchases at exchange centers of the Bank of Uzbekistan, appointed shops, hotels and restaurants.

However, this applies only in major cities and they are not always accepted in remote areas.

ATMs that accept foreign cards are few and far between. Do not rely on them as a way of obtaining cash in Uzbekistan.

There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency and foreign exchange bills that can be brought into Uzbekistan by tourists, but it must be declared to the customs.

Phone / E-mail
You may purchase an international phone card in the United States or other home country before departing on the trip. You can also purchase phone cards in Uzbekistan. These cards may be used to phone family and friends. Avoid making phone calls from your hotel room, as surcharges are exorbitant.

To dial Uzbekistan from another country, first dial the international long distance code (011), then the country code (998), followed by the telephone number. City codes for Tashkent is 712 and Bukhara is 65 and 662 for Samarkand. To make an international call from Uzbekistan, obtain an international line, then dial the country code, the area code, and the telephone number.

Tashkent has some cybercafes. Charges are quite reasonable. Connections tend to be slow, however. Prior to embarking on the trip, participants should establish a web-based e-mail account (Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) to facilitate easy communication with family and friends.

 What to Pack (recommended checklist)
CLOTHING comfortable shoes for walking/hiking
slippers for shower/bathroom
socks, underwear, belts
loose-fitting cotton shirts / blouses
loose-fitting pants / long skirts
light sweater / sweatshirt
hats, caps / hijab
nice outfit for local dinner program
 
TOILETRIES & MEDICINE prescription medication & prescriptions
toothbrush & toothpaste
soap and shampoo
comb, brush
sunscreen, moisturizers, lotion
deodorant, Q-tips, cotton
hygiene products
razors, shaving cream
contact lenses & solution, eyeglasses
hand towel, bath towel
 
DOCUMENTS passport and visa
airline tickets
an emergency contact card
money belt or neck wallet
cash, traveler's checks, credit cards,
insurance information
international phone card
 
MISCELLANEOUS camera, film rolls & or cassettes
sun glasses, suncreen lotion, lip balm
travel journal
day pack, backpack, small tote
battery-operated alarm clock
moist towelettes
batteries
electrical adapters & voltage converters

Health Insurance / Medical Facilities
Uzbekistan is a remarkably healthy country despite its climatic variations. However, with such a vast territory, standards of hygiene can and do vary from place to place. Contact your doctor for health advice or a thorough check up if you have not had one for quite a while.  Check your health insurance policy. If it does not provide for overseas visits, consider requesting your insurer to extend the policy. It is also advisable to take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of accidental injury as well as cover for medical expenses. Take along the copy of your medical record.

For those who take special medicine on a regular basis, make sure that you carry an adequate supply of the prescription medicines you use regularly to last throughout your trip. Carry them in the original containers to identify them as legally obtained drugs and pack them in your carry-on bag.

Safety Tips
Uzbekistan is far safer than many Western countries. Violent crime is very rare in Uzbekistan, but it is always a good idea to be alert & cautious anywhere.

 

 

 
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