Experience a remote adventure – well and truly off the tourist trail – in dazzling Uzbekistan.

There are the famous cultural sites we’ve been told we have to visit (here’s looking at you Instagram) and then there are the iconic sites we never knew we had to see. Like the glittering turquoise domes of Registan Square in Samarkand, the breathtaking Kalon Mosque and Minaret in the ancient Silk Road city of Bukhara or the elaborately decorated metro stations of Tashkent. And outside of the cities, Uzbekistan is just as full of surprises – like the traditional villages of the Nuratau Mountains or a desert-bound yurt camp. This is Uzbekistan, in all its charming glory.

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Uzbekistan travel FAQs

All travellers to Uzbekistan require a visa in advance and visas are not available on arrival. From 15th July 2018 Uzbekistan has introduced an e-visa system. A letter of invitation is no longer required for a majority of nationalities like Australia, New Zealand, UK, US, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Holland etc. The e-visa is issued for a period of stay in the territory of Uzbekistan up to 30 days with a single entry and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Travellers must submit an online application for a visa at least three working days before the planned date of travel to Uzbekistan. The consular fee for processing and issuing an e-visa is US$20 to be paid online.Please check if you are eligible for an e-visa and apply here: https://e-visa.gov.uz/main
If your country is not in the drop down list of is advised to get an LOI, please contact your booking agent about getting an LOI with us.

As this is a newly introduced system, we anticipate that there may be delays and issues before the process runs smoothly. We highlight recommend applying with plenty of time to obtain your e-visa in case of any issues.

Address of your joining point hotel
You will need to have a scanned PDF copy of your passport to upload for your application
You will need to upload a passport photo that meet the standard of ICAO - you can check here for the standards of the photo http://www.cgiistanbul.org/frontEnd/userfiles/files/ICAO%20Guidelines%20...

Your passport will need to be valid for at least three months after you’ve entered Uzbekistan to obtain a visa.

Tipping isn't generally expected in Uzbekistan but is considered polite, particularly when considering the low wages earned by service workers. Leaving 5% extra for guides, porters, restaurants workers and taxi drivers is a good idea, but not mandatory.

Travellers should be able to use the internet in the internet cafes and large hotels of Uzbekistan's big cities. Rural areas will have little to no access so be prepared to disconnect from the net when travelling in remote areas.

Depending on where you are from and what handset you're using, your phone may or may not work while in Uzbekistan. Coverage is generally good in the cities, but is less reliable in remote and mountainous areas. Ensure that global roaming is activated before leaving home but be aware that you may not be able to access texts and calls when in Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan has a mix of Western and squat toilets, with Western-style toilets usually found in city hotels, cafes and tourists areas, and more basic toilets found in rural areas. Be prepared by carrying your own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and/or soap as these aren't always provided.

Bottle of beer = 1000 UZS
1 hour in an internet café = 1000 USZ
Lunch or market snack = 1000 USZ
Simple lunch at a cafe = 4000-5000 UZS
Dinner at a restaurant = 7000-10,000 UZS

Drinking water from the tap isn't recommended in Uzbekistan. Tea is served with most meals and we recommended you ask your leader were filtered water can be found instead of relying on bottled water.

Foreign credit cards aren't widely accepted so be sure to carry other modes of payment when travelling in Uzbekistan.

Relying on ATM access isn't wise when travelling in Uzbekistan. Be sure to carry enough cash for the trip, as operational ATMs that accept foreign cards are hard to come by. Refer to your trip notes for more information on money.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year Day
  • 8 Mar International Women's Day
  • 21 Mar Navruz
  • 9 May Day of Memory and Remembrance
  • 25 Jun Eid al-Fitr
  • 1 Sep Independence Day
  • 1 Sep Eid al-Adha
  • 1 Oct Day of Teachers and Instructors
  • 8 Dec Constitution Day

For a current list of public holidays in Uzbekistan go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/uzbekistan/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Enjoy shopping for a bite to eat in the local markets in Uzbekistan

Top responsible travel tips for Uzbekistan

  1. Be considerate of Uzbekistan’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
  3.  For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.