Facts for the Visitor
||In the US: 4-year multiple-entry visa: US$45
In Bishkek: 1-month single entry visa processed in 1 day: US$65 & Ks 100 consulate fee.
Required Letter-of-Invitation takes 7~10 days. OVIR registration is required at every
stopover in Uzbekistan.
||In Bishkek: 1-month single-entry visa processed in
10 days: US$0 & Ks 100 consulate fee.
Letter-of-Invitation is not required. OVIR registration is required at every
stopover in Uzbekistan.
Language Skills Needed
|Many people in tourist related industries speak
English. Knowing numbers and how to say "how much?" in Uzbek and Russian is
needed to ride transport, shop at markets, and eat at local restaurants. Learning
the Russian and Uzbek Cyrillic Alphabets is needed to read street signs and
recognize the telecommunications office, supermarkets, and
mini-marts (magazines). A phrasebook is convenient but not essential.
Currency & Currency Exchange
|Bank rate: US$ 1 = Us 1080 (Uzbek sum) on September 3, 2002.
Black market rate: US$ 1 = Us 1220 (Uzbek sum) on September 3, 2002.
50Hz. Electrical outlets are for mainland European parallel round pin plugs.
|International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.
|Public telephones take Us 10 coins.
To make a domestic call, dial "8" before the area code.
To call from a telephone office, be sure to have a Russian speaker with you.
The process is to yell the city name and phone number
to an operator who sits 5 meters away inside a barricaded metal cage. A phone rings
in a nearby booth and the operator yells which connection is made. Some phones
have a white button that must be pushed after the called party answers the phone.
Pay after completing the call.
The international access code is 00. Neither collect call nor
connection to a US calling card number (AT&T, Sprint, etc) is possible.
|Every city has a 56 kbps connection
for between Us 1000~4500 per hour. Internet hours tend to be limited to 09:00~17:00,
or sometimes later in big cities.
|Budget and mid-range accommodation is found
in any city. Luxury accommodation exists in big cities. Every night of stay must be
registered with OVIR. Verify that the hotel will register your passport before you agree to stay.
A strip of paper with hotel name, your passport number, and the dates of stay is provided
for your keeping. At the time of departure from Uzbekistan, customs will fine a traveler
without these proofs of registration. Proof must be provided when flying out of Tashkent.
Travelers going overland from Uzbekistan to Kyrgystan report not being asked for proof
of registration on departure.
and shared taxis are the most economical form
of transportation. Planes fly between Tashkent, Samarkant, Bokhara, and Urgench daily for
about US$50 one-way. Trains between Tashkent, Samarkant, and Bokhara are slightly more
expensive than planes. Buses are cheap. Fare for the 18-hour ride from Tashkent to
Urgench is about US$3. Shared taxis between from Tashkent to Urgench charge about US$10 per
person. A hired private car for the same distance is about US$60~80. We can highly
recommend Alexander "Sasha" Tokarev in Urgench (pictured to the right) as a
private driver for trips between cities or multiple-day tours around the country.
Sasha speaks English and can be reached at (Mobile: +998-62-226-0789, Home Tel:
+998-62-225-6796, Home Fax: +998-62-226-5213)
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