UZBEKISTAN TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO UZBEKISTAN
Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and a former Soviet republic. It's known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Uzbekistan straddles the east and the west of Asia, set as it is bang in the centre of the Great Silk Route. Architectural wonders built in ancient times juxtaposed against bustling market places that are abuzz with activity.
Samarkand, a major city on the route, contains a landmark of Islamic architecture: the Registan, a plaza bordered by 3 ornate, mosaic-covered religious schools dating to the 15th and 17th centuries.
UZBEKISTAN COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
Uzbekistan has resumed international flights for certain categories of travelers from countries deemed to have a stable epidemiological situation. Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours before the entry to Uzbekistan.Entry restrictionsUzbekistan has resumed international flights for certain categories of travelers from countries deemed to have a stable epidemiological situation. The complete list of countries includes the EU, Japan, South Korea, China, Israel, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and CIS countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, and Tajikistan).Travelers who have spent at least 14 days before travel in the countries listed above may enter/exit Uzbekistan if they are:Employees of embassies and consulates and members of their families, staff of foreign companies and other organizations working in Uzbekistan as part of investment projects, people traveling for medical treatment, people with close relatives or seriously ill relatives abroad, people transiting through Uzbekistan at the request of embassies and consulates of foreign countries, foreign citizens with residence in Uzbekistan, stateless persons, or citizens of Uzbekistan with registration in other countries. Entry requirementsTravelers must present a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours before the entry to Uzbekistan.Quarantine requirementsQuarantine rules apply differently depending on which country the traveler is arriving from:Japan, South Korea, China and Israel: No quarantine required.European Union, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore: 14-day self-quarantine at home.United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and CIS countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan): Government quarantineAll other infoAll travelers entering Uzbekistan must wear masks in public at all times.There are currently 2,152 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Uzbekistan and 594 deaths as of Nov 15 2020
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UZBEKISTAN QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Tashkent
- Currency: Uzbek Som (UZS)
- Area: 447,400 km2
- Population: 32,96 million (2018)
- Language: Uzbek 74.3%, Russian 14.2%, Tajik 4.4%, other 7.1%
- Religion: Muslim 88% (mostly Sunnis), Eastern Orthodox 9%, other 3%
- Electricity: 220V 50Hz
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UZBEKISTAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 8 March , Women’s Day
- 21 March, Navruz
- 9 May, Day of Memory and Honor (Victory Day)
- 1 September, Independence Day
- 1 October, Day of Teachers and Mentors
- 8 December, Constitution Day
Also, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
UZBEKISTAN WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Uzbekistan has an arid, continental climate characterised by cold winters, hot summers and limited precipitation across most of the country. The primary climactic features are aridness, abundance of heat and sunlight, and sharp day-night and winter-summer temperature variations. Summer in Uzbekistan is long, dry and hot, spring is humid and winter is irregular. Rainfall is highly varied depending upon area of the country and seasonal variation patterns. Increases in rainfall are expected to continue in the country’s piedmont zone, while decreases are expected in the country’s highland areas.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
SNOW SPORT IN UZBEKISTAN
Uzbekistan's winter sports industry dates back to the Soviet period. The Amirsoy Mountain Resort is the biggest ski resort in Uzbekistan with a total slope length of 14.8 km. The snow season is usually from December to March.
HIKING & CYCLING IN UZBEKISTAN
The best time to enjoy outdoor activities in Uzbekistan is from March to November. The winter months can be extremely cold and in contrast, July and August are boiling hot, but are preferred if you are planning to cross passes over 3000m altitude. Tulips blooming in the middle of April, which is beautiful.