Uzbekistan is a visa – free country for citizens of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. To enter, you only need a passport valid for the entire duration of your stay. But it is still worth getting a health insurance policy for the entire duration of the trip in advance.
Persons over 16 years old are allowed duty-free import of 1000 cigarettes or 1000 g of tobacco products, 1.5 liters of alcoholic beverages and 2 liters of wine.
It is forbidden to import drugs and potent medicines (a prescription is required), weapons and ammunition, printing works, manuscripts, clichés, drawings, photographs, photographic films, negatives, film, video, and audio products, gramophone records, sound materials aimed at undermining the state and social order , violation of territorial integrity, political independence and state sovereignty, propagandizing war, terrorism, violence, national exclusivity and religious hatred, racism and its varieties, as well as materials of pornographic content. For the export of precious metals and stones, furs, weapons and ammunition, artistic and historical values (any items made more than 50 years ago), you will need a special permit from the country’s Ministry of Culture.
Import and export of foreign currency is not limited. From January 1, 2018, the procedure for compulsory declaration in writing by individuals of foreign currency in cash was canceled when importing into Uzbekistan and exporting from the country within an amount equal to or not exceeding the equivalent of 5000 USD . When individuals import and export cash foreign currency in excess of 5000 USD , the entire amount is declared in writing.
In large cities, the weary traveler will always have a choice between Soviet hostels in need of renovation and new, good-quality private hotels . In recent years, hundreds of private B & Bs have opened in the country, especially in Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva.
Hot water is available almost everywhere. Small private hotels usually have boilers.
Mains voltage 220 V, 50 Hz. Standard “Eastern European” type receptacles with two round prongs without grounding.
Banks and exchange offices
The country’s monetary unit is the Uzbek sum (UZS), in 1 sum 100 tiins. Current exchange rate: 100 UZS = 0.73 RUB (1 USD = 10256.36 UZS, 1 EUR = 12123.71 UZS).
Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. You can exchange currency in the branches of the National Bank, specialized exchange offices and some hotels.
Climate of Uzbekistan
The climate of Uzbekistan is sharply continental, hot and dry. The average temperature in winter and for the new year ranges from -8 ° C to +3 ° C, in mountainous areas it can drop to -16 ° C. In summer, the temperature in the northern regions of the country reaches +32 ° C, and in the south – up to not weak +42 ° C.
The best time to visit the country is spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October). The period from the last decade of June to the first decade of August in Uzbekistan is called “chilla” (40 days). At this time, the air temperature during the day in the shade rises above +40 ° C, and at night it does not drop below +30 ° C.