Customs Control at Tashkent Airport
You need to declare how much money you have when entering to Uzbekistan. Some may think it is not wise to declare how much you have in yur pocket but it is better if you do. Do not need to worry about safety. It is a safe place. Please make sure the amount you have while EXITING is less than you declared when you ENTERED the country. This is checked by the customs control.
- Historical Travel
Uzbekistan is a desert country and in the summertime it is scorching hot. There is generally plenty of shade, but I cannot stress enough that you want to take it much more fluid than you normally would. Melons and tea are the main sources for the locals, and bottled water is also widely available and cheap ($0.30 for 1/2 litre, but only $0.40 for 1.5 litres).
I have to say the aiport is not up to high standards. I expected to change back my Uzbek Sum, have a beer or two, maybe buy a tacky suvenir! NOTHING! And I was in the business class area! The was nowhere to exchange money, a bar with no beer or coke, a load of sofas with airport workers lounging around watching soft core porn! What a laugh! This was the VIP lounge!!
Don't Take Photos on the Airplane.
Take a minute and read the warning sign at the airport. It says that taking aerial photos is against the law. It is espionage!
There was some kind of air marshal in an old Russian Army uniform on the Uzbek flight to Qarshi. I assumed he was there to enforce the law.
- Business Travel
Be prepared to pay the baggage...
Be prepared to pay the baggage guys if you want your bags. Corruption is everywhere. On my second day, I traveled to Quarshi, but first I had to pay an excess baggage fee and a fee for a ticket that was for the wrong flight. I paid the driver, and he split the money with the airline attendent.
Second Warning, Uzbek Airlines. Fly the YAK-40. Check out the bald fraying tires. Enjoy the Quarshi airport facilities! This is third world travel at its best!
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