Expat Insider 2020 | Expats Opinion on Life in Uzbekistan Featured

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Living in Tashkent as an Expat is a challenge. Expats either love or loathe Uzbekistan. Rich history and food are the main reason to visit Tashkent

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The main route of the Silk Road passed through the territory of modern Uzbekistan. Today Uzbekistan is the country having the most number of UNESCO world heritage sites and monuments. Uzbekistan is the treasure of Central Asia and the center of many ancient cities including Khiva, Samarkand, and Bukhara.

Here are mountains and forests, lakes and deserts, also places with resplendent recreation activities.

Climate of Uzbekistan

The climate is continental. It's hot and dry here. In winter, the temperature is kept within -8...+3 °C. In the mountains, it can fall to -16 °C. In the Summer, the thermometer rises to +40...+50 °C. July is the hottest time.

  • Area | 448 900 km²
  • Population | 34 000 000| The population exceeds 33 million. The population has increased fairly steadily over the past 60 years, from around 6 million in the 1950s to almost 33 274 million today.
  • Religion | Islam, Christianity, Judaism, etc
  • Time | UCT+5
  • Area code | +998
  • Police | 102
  • Emergency | 103
  • Currency | Uzbek Som | One should be extremely cautious by currency exchange. The money exchange is allowed only in authorized banks or at the hotels. The banknote should be clean, without any stamps, scratches or damages. Otherwise, you will be charged an additional fee which is 5%.
  • Tourist Police
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Tashkent (+99871)2321002
Bukhara - (+99865) 220-41-80
Samarkand (+99866) 223-11-11
Khorezm (+99862) 22044-08
Shahrizab (+99875)2244277
Sarkhandarya (+99876)2220400


Uzbekistan is located in the Central and North-Western parts of Central Asia. The country's territory is diverse. The largest areas are uninhabited: steppes, deserts, and mountains. Most cities are located in river valleys.
The highest altitude above sea level is the Hissar range-4643 m. The largest desert is Kyzylkum, which occupies almost 2/3 of the country's territory.
The largest rivers are the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya.
Uzbekistan has more than 10 nature reserves and protected areas. The largest and the most interesting of them is the Chatkal mountain-forest biosphere reserve located in the West of the Chatkal range.

What to do in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is considered the most charming Republic of Central Asia. The country was the cradle of many civilizations and the center of many empires. The main silk road routes crossed here.
The capital city is Tashkent. The cities to explore during your stay in Uzbekistan are Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Nukus, Shahrizab.

Chatkal Reserve 4

Registration and Visas

Be aware! All Guests coming to the Republic of Uzbekistan have to register. Uzbekistan has developed a digital platform for tourists - www.emehmon.uz.
In case one travels solo, hiking, trekking, camping... the registration process is the same. You should register online and fill in the address of any hotel or guest house. According to the new regulation, an independent tourist has the right to register in whatever hotel, campsite, recreation area, etc. The staff must register tourists if they request it. The independent tourist has to pay and register at the hotel provided during the online registration as soon as the visitor arrives to country. The tourist pays only a tourist fee which is approximately 2-5 USD per day. In case you decide to stay in the hotel you will be charged a full price for the hotel room.
If you have difficulties with registration, inform tourists police.


Uzbek Airlines are within the best and the most secure airlines in former CSI countries. International flights might be expensive. Booking a ticket at a short notice is not recommended. Plan your trip in Advance.

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Aeroflot
  • S7
  • Belavia
  • International Airlines of Ukraine
  • Russian Airline "Ural Air"
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Turkish cargo
  • Air Astana

The nearest alternative airport is the Shimkent International Airport in Kazakhstan.

Scat Air
Turkish Airlines "Atlas"
Qasaq Air
Air Astana


The High-Speed Rail Afrosiyab connects silk road cities: Tashkent, Sirdaryo, Jizzakh, Bukhara, and Samarkand. Trains operate seven days a week. It is very difficult to get a ticket, almost impossible. More than half of rail runs empty but buying a ticket is a challenge. Online booking is opening 45 days in advance. One can't book before 45 days. In some cases, the tickets would never appear.
To reduce travel stress use the service of the travel agents. They charge additional fees but in most cases, the official travel agencies are very reliable.
We hope that the situation will be better soon and foreign guests will be able to book the tickets online without paying additional fees.

Car Rentals

At the moment the market is underdeveloped. Car Rentals are extremely expensive. The traffic is chaotic. We recommend taking a taxi or train Afrosiyab for short and long distances. By the chance try using an official taxi service. When you stop the car on the street, negotiate the price before getting in.

To Stay

Unfortunately, some hotels, hostels, guest houses, and apartments don't meet expectations. The prices are very high, the service is very poor.
The best way is to contact the host without intermediates and to read reviews. During the hot season, some hotels start to overbooking their rooms selling the room several times.

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