Foreign travel advice

Uzbekistan

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Entry requirements

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Uzbekistan

Scheduled international passenger flights to Uzbekistan have not yet resumed. Uzbekistan Airways has extended its suspension of all regular flights until 31 August. Any resumption of scheduled international passenger flights will take into account the epidemiological situation in foreign countries, by also categorising them as Red, Yellow and Green.

Although the UK is currently categorised as Yellow, this rating – and that for other countries – is subject to constant review and could change at short notice.

Only certain categories of persons – regardless of the category of the country they are coming from – are permitted to enter and leave Uzbekistan (i.e. accredited diplomats, permanently registered foreigners and some employees of international organisations).

Entry for tourism is prohibited.

Business visits are only permitted for representatives of foreign companies and other organisations currently operating in Uzbekistan as part of an investment project.

The Uzbek authorities have extended the validity of extant visas until 1 November.

Transiting Uzbekistan

If you wish to transit Uzbekistan en route to another country, you will need to seek permission in advance through the British Embassy in Tashkent who will then need to submit a formal request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Testing/Screening on arrival

All arrivals into Uzbekistan will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any person showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a test for COVID-19 at a government facility and may be isolated at government facility (or approved hotel with medical and security controls in place) at their own cost.

Quarantine requirements

Eligible visitors arriving in Uzbekistan from a country categorised as Green (Japan, South Korea, China and Israel) or who have been in one of these countries 14 days prior to arrival will not be subject to any mandatory quarantine or self-isolation period unless they display symptoms on arrival.

Those arriving in Uzbekistan from a country categorised as Yellow (Member States of the European Union, Malaysia, Thailand , Singapore and the UK) or who have been in one of these countries 14 days prior to arrival are subject to a mandatory period of 14-days self-isolation on arrival.

Travel from a country categorised as Red (UAE, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and other CIS countries and the USA) is only permitted for Uzbek Nationals repatriating from these countries. All arrivals from countries categorised as Red or who have been in one of these countries in the 14 days prior to arrival are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period in a government facility.

Data collection

No track and trace app is currently available. However, all visitors arriving into the country are registered by Uzbek Authorities. If arriving from a country categorised as Yellow it is mandatory to provide the address where they will self-isolate for the 14-day period.

Testing on departure

All persons departing Uzbekistan by air are required to undergo temperature checks. Anyone showing high temperature and/or other COVID-19 symptoms will be denied boarding. Depending on the destination country of the flight, the authorities of that country may also require other pre-boarding checks in addition to those conducted by the Uzbek authorities.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

Under normal circumstances, if you have a British citizen passport you can enter Uzbekistan as a visitor for stays of up to 30 days without a visa. But because of COVID-19 restrictions, tourists are currently not permitted to enter the country.

If you’re travelling on a different type of British passport, are travelling for a purpose other than tourism or business, or intending to stay longer than 30 days, you should check entry requirements with the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in London.

If you’re entering Uzbekistan on an Uzbek visa make sure that you check it once issued and carefully note the date of expiry and the number of entries permitted.

Don’t overstay your visa, or exceed your permitted duration of stay, even for a very short period. Any traveller found to have overstayed will face a fine and possibly deportation. It is not always easy or possible to extend your stay or a visa if you wish to remain in the country for longer than you had originally intended. If you are travelling overland, make sure you arrive at your intended border crossing in good time before your period of stay or visa expires.

For further information contact the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in London.

Registration

You must register within 3 days of arrival. Saturdays and Sundays count as part of the three day period. If you are staying in a hotel, you will be asked for your passport at check-in and it will be retained for a short period. Hotel staff will complete the registration paperwork and return your passport to you.

If staying in a private house, your host should register you with their local district OVIR (Department of Foreign Travel & Exit (they also deal with the registration of Foreign Citizens)) or on the electronic registration system Emehmon. If you travel to another city and plan to stay for longer than three days, you will need to register again. You must follow this procedure, as a full record of your whereabouts whilst in Uzbekistan is required upon departure. Visitors who are unable to account for their whereabouts could be fined and possibly deported.

Tourists transiting Uzbekistan in recreational vehicles or staying in tents/camping are responsible for their own registration. They should register online via the electronic registration system Emehmon within three days of arrival. During the online registration process there will be a tourist tax charge for each day of their stay. At the moment tourist tax can only be paid online by Uzbek debit card in local currency, payable by credit or debit card, therefore tourists should seek assistance from hotels or local tour operators.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of entry to Uzbekistan.

Dual nationality

Dual nationality is not recognised in Uzbekistan.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry (with a valid Uzbek visa), direct airside transit and exit from Uzbekistan. If your ETD has been issued in Tashkent, you’ll need an exit visa from the OVIR (Department of Foreign Travel & Exit) before you can travel out of Uzbekistan. This process can take at least 5 working days.

Customs declarations

You should fill out two copies of the customs declaration form on arrival. Make sure that both copies are signed and stamped by Customs officials. You will need to present one to the customs authorities as you enter the country and produce the other on departure. Any currency or valuables found in your possession and not declared on your customs declaration form may be confiscated.

Travelling with medicines

If you enter Uzbekistan with medicines, whether prescription or non-prescription, you should check in advance the list of prohibited medicines and the legal quantities of medicines that are allowed to be imported. You can find information on the website of the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan.

You should carry a doctor’s prescription if you intend to travel with prescription medicines and declare the items on your customs declaration form. Some non-prescription medicines in the UK cause problems on entry into Uzbekistan, including codeine. Possession of these items can lead to administrative or criminal proceedings if you don’t have a prescription, or if you’re carrying more than you need for the visit and don’t declare them on arrival. Issues have most frequently been reported at land borders.

Drones

Unauthorised import and use of drones in Uzbekistan will attract fines, detention and confiscation of equipment. Licenses to import drones must be obtained prior to arrival. The following link has more information on licensing requirements (only available in Russian).