What to See in Uzbekistan for First Time Travelers?
As a country along the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan is famous for its historical monuments and world cultural heritage sites. Normally 6 to 8 days are recommended to visit this country for first time travelers. The most popular cities for Uzbekistan tours are Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand. You could experience the local life at Chorsu Bazaar, a local market in Tashkent, appreciate the Islamic architecture and visit the dome of Tamerlane in Samarkand, explore the old Bukhara quarters seeing people's daily life in this ancient city. If your time is enough, you can also visit Ichan Kala in Khiva.
When is the Best Time to Have Uzbekistan Tours?
As a Central Asia country, Uzbekistan has a typical continental climate. It is hot and dry in summer, and cold in winter. In summer, the average temperature is 36°C (97℉) in north, while the temperature usually gets to 40°C (104℉) in south. In winter, the average temperature is 8 °C (46℉). But the coldest part in north can fall to -23 °C (-73℉).
The best time to have tours of Uzbekistan is spring from April to mid June and autumn from September to October. In spring, the weather is mild and the average temperature is 20°C (68℉). It is the most beautiful time in desert, since all plants come back to life in this short period. And in autumn, weather is cool again. It is also a good time for travel. Summer is the low season because of the hot weather. But if you visit Uzbekistan at this time, you could enjoy a lot of delicious fruits and it is less touristy in spots. Winter is a low season too, but it is perfect time for skiing.
Delicate Gate of Registan Square
Tashkent Chorsu Bazaar
How to Get to and Travel Around Uzbekistan?
There are 6 international airports in Uzbekistan: Bukhara International Airport, Fergana International Airport, Navoi International Airport, Samarkand International Airport, Tashkent International Airport and Urgench International Airport. Tashkent International Airport is the biggest one. It is easy to find a direct flight to Uzbekistan from Amsterdam, Athens, New York, Frankfurt, Delhi, Tel Aviv etc.
Besides the international airports, there are 7 domestic airports. You can fly to almost all the major cities. The Uzbekistan railway system is mature too. The railway connects the major cities like Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand together. Traveling by train is also a very popular way.
Are There Any Special Customs I Should Observe?
Most of the residents in Uzbekistan are Muslims. To show respect to their culture and tradition, travelers should avoid wearing shorts or tights when taking Uzbekistan tours. And female travelers need to wear headscarves to cover their heads and shoulders when visiting mosques, mausoleums and temples.
Is Uzbekistan a Safe Country to Travel?
It is very safe to have tours of Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is pretty stable and the crime rate is low. There are always English-speaking polices in the streets of big cities such as Bukhara and Samarkand. Travelers can ask for the polices' help if they need any assist. But since its bordering country Afghanistan is not stable, you are suggested not to approach the border.
Do I Need a Visa for Tours of Uzbekistan?
Citizens of around 80 countries are eligible for 30-day visa-free policy or 60-day visa-free policy, and citizens of 76 countries can apply for an e-visa. The lists of these countries are attached below. Please kindly double confirm with the local Uzbekistan embassy to check if you need a visa in advance.
Citizens of the following countries are eligible for 60-day visa-free policy:
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Citizens of the following countries are eligible for 30-day visa-free policy:
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas,
Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus
Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras,
Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico,
Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint lucia, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
United Arab Emirates (including residents), Vatican
Citizens of the following countries can apply for e-visa:
Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Butane, Cambodia, Cameroon,
Cape Verde, China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, Commonwealth of Dominica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Dominicana, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji,
Gabon, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kiribati, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Morocco, Nauru, Nepal,
Nicaragua, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa,
Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uruguay, USA,
Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam