Uzbekistan

SUMMARY

I spent the night in Uzbekistan but was unable to see much other than the drive to and from the airport. There were security personnel everywhere and Tashkent definitely looked like a post soviet-era town.

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Country #46 - Uzbekistan

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Must see

Registan - beautiful and iconic Central Asian historic architecture

Shah-i-Zinda - many mausoleums in this religious site

Itchan Kala - preserved anchient walled city

CURRENCY

The official currency is the Uzbekistani soʻm, but I had no problem paying by credit card. 

Local TRANSPORTATION

Taxis are the most common form of transportation for tourists. 

international transportation

I flew Air Astana from Bishkek (FRU) to Almaty (ALA). I flew Uzbekistan Airways from Almaty (ALA) to Tashkent (TAS). I flew Air Astana from Tashkent (TAS) to Almaty (ALA).

FOOD

I did not eat traditional Uzbekistan food.

PLUGS / ADAPTERS

Uzbekistan uses European plug type C as well as plug type I.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Uzbekistan has a very annoying visa policy for American citizens. It cost $160 for a single entry visa that you must apply for in advance. The dates are set and you must visit during that specific time.

SAFETY

I felt very safe in Uzbekistan but there were armed guards everywhere and tons of security at the airport entrance as well.

SHOULD YOU VISIT?

Sure! It is a beautiful country with lots of history. I would recommend Samarkand instead of Tashkent because most of the historic sites are located there and I think I would have enjoyed it much more.

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