Uzbekistan Warnings and Dangers

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  • Warnings and Dangers
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Uzbekistan Warnings and Dangers

  • Tick, tick, tick

    With some of our group coming from a tick-prone area, thus being well aware of the problems they can pose, and knowing that areas of rural Uzbekistan are home to the nasty critters, we factored tick-prevention into the general traveller's list of comfortable walking shoes, long sleeves and covered legs along with the usual hats and sunscreen for...

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  • The Big-hat Brigade

    Although we had no trouble with the police in Uzbekistan beyond a an reasonably amicable request to see a passport at a Metro station in Tashkent and a warning not to take photos there, other travellers do tell tales of heavy-handed policing. Make sure you have your hotel registration slip with you at all times (make sure you have one!), keep all...

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  • Money bags

    Changing money can be a real problem in Uzbekistan. Even if the banks and hotel money changers haven't actually run out of money (yes, that does happen), with the exchange rate currently being about 1500cym (sum) to the dollar (October 2009), even with denominations of 500 and 1000 cym more readily available, change $100 and you end up with quite a...

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  • Travel + Leisure ranking

    Travel + Leisure magazine recently ranked Uzbekistan as the eighth most dangerous country in the world. When we traveled there a couple years ago, I felt like they probably knew a lot more about us than we might have wanted them to know but I never felt any fear, eventhough we flew on their national airline (twice), travelled their urban, suburban,...

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  • Be careful what you eat!

    As with many of the world’s less visited destinations, Uzbekistan can present a challenge to delicate Western constitutions. I think most people in our group were affected at one point or another during our trip, including me! You all know the rules: don’t drink the water; peel fruit and vegetables (or be sure that it’s been washed in safe water);...

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  • Summer heat

    If like me you live in a temperate climate where temperatures rarely climb above the high 20s centigrade and if like me you choose to visit Uzbekistan in July, you need to be prepared for the heat! The hottest places we visited were Khiva (where afternoon temperatures reached above 45 degrees) and the desert area between there and Bukhara, which we...

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  • Uzbekistan is a safe place to travel !!

    Uzbekistan is a very safe country to travel. Even if there are taxi drivers that nearly constantly try to rip you off, even if some times things get stolen - I never felt as safe in Uzbekistan as in any other country (apart from Tajikistan and the Pamirs).Which country is 100% safe ? Almost none. I can go out at night here in my home town and get...

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  • Black market money exchange

    To change your dollars on the Black market was very tempting in 2000.At my last visit Oct. 2003 the exchange rate you could obtain at the official money exchange points (hotels etc.) has approached the Black market, therefore it was not worth the hassle. But that can change again. Check it before coming to Uzbekistan. When the differences black -...

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  • Bring cash!

    Before I left for Uzbekistan, I remember reading a posting on some travel site that there are no ATMs in Uzbekistan. "That's ridiculous," I thought, "There must be ATMs in Tashkent, at least." And so there are. The only problem? No soms (som is the name for the local Uzbek currency). Most of the ATMs I saw did not work because they had no money in...

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  • Are the streets safe?

    This is a sort of reverse warning! The streets of old Bukhara are often very narrow, winding, easy to get lost in and have limited or no lighting in many places. This worried us, but when we asked at the hotel how safe it was to wander around in the evening it resulted in an almost puzzled expression. It seems there is very little trouble. This is...

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  • beware police

    I have heard that police have improved in what once was repeated hassle of visitors to show their documents. We did not encounter this is Bukhara or Samarkand. However, it seems to be common on the Tashkent metro - it took a lot of discussion though we had perfectly good documents. They ultimately want a back-hander, but we stood our ground and got...

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  • HOT, HOT, HOT!!

    Uzbekistan in summer is frightfully hot. But Uzbeks also dress modestly, so don't expect to beat the heat by wearing tank tops and shorts, or going without your shirt. You don't have to wear a burkah or anything, but covering your shoulders and your knees is generally advisable as a sign of respect for the culture. Men and boys go swimming in the...

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  • Suicide bombs

    The day I left Tashkent, There were 3 suicide bombers exploding the american and israelit embassy also exploding the special services of uzbekistan. I had to be evacuated from the place I was, and after on the airport the security was really tight since I was taking a hig risk flight to Iran's capital Tehran.Warning from Lonely Planet...

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  • Shared Taxis

    People get often robbed while taking taxis to destination in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgistan.People usualy take taxis alone or with one or 2 men. Its not advisable. I met an american in Kazakhstan which took a shared taxi from Almaty to Bishked and 20km after he got robbed and the men and taxi driver left him in a field, alone, no money no...

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  • Bribes: hassles at Tashkent Metro

    I used the metro about 6 times and was halted 3 times by some policemen. It's very common to travellers, especially if they don't speak Russian.They invariably took me to a small room and demanded me to show the contents of my bag and moneybelt. They checked my papers (passport and declaration form) minutely. Although I didn't take these guys very...

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  • Bribes: demand a declaration form and a...

    When you arrive in Uzbekistan, there are 2 formalities you should ALWAYS demand yourself when customs are showing laziness:* Declaration form: to declare your money and valuables. * Stamp in your passport: your proof of passing customs.These are checked intensively when traveling around or when you leave the country and if you miss one of these...

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  • if i were you i wouldn't drink...

    if i were you i wouldn't drink the water in uzbekistan. there's plenty of bottled water made by both nestle corp. and the coca-cola corp. but there is an uzbek company called shodlik who you should support instead - their water's completely safe and distilled but it's an uzbek ran company. this little guy called giardia will do a number on your...

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  • there is absolutely no reason...

    there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why for safety reasons you should not go to the ferghana valley. the valley is just as safe as anywhere else in uzbekistan. one caveat however, the militsya on the road into the valley will hassle you for your passport at least five to ten times on the trip from tashkent. the problem with the valley is that...

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  • if you're visiting uzbekistan...

    if you're visiting uzbekistan you're going to come in contact with the militsya. do not be intimidated by them, they are just trying to scare you, in reality they are much more worried about you calling the embassy and reporting them. never ever pay them a bribe. as you can see in this picture, they are a ragtag group, always in mismatched uniforms...

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  • Tourists should be okay, but I...

    Tourists should be okay, but I was told that Tashkent and Samarkand were a little less safe than Bukhara, Khiva and elsewhere. Don't flash cash or expensive items around, especially in Tashkent or Samarkand, or if crossing into Turkmenistan to get to Kunya Urgench. Also, Tajikistan is a little dangerous as regards robberies - I even heard one story...

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  • Need to check out all travel before you...

    Avoid the Fergana Valley!!!! This woman was in Samarkand. She spoke beautiful french, and was a translator in Soviet times, I call her The Sultana of Samarkand! The cloth is beautiful, silk is hard to come by, IRONY!

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