Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Overview

Uzbekistan extends from the foothills of the Tian Shan and Pamir mountains to land just west of the Aral Sea. Uzbekistan became independent in 1991, after nearly 70 years as a republic of the Soviet Union.

Activities range from outdoor pursuits in the beautiful mountainous regions to exploring Uzbekistan’s century-old history. Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, is the main point of entry, and although also formerly part of the Silk Road, it is usually overlooked as a site of interest in favour of the historical centres such as Samarkand.

CLIMATE

Summers in Uzbekistan are long, dry, and hot. Winters are cold. Summer temperatures in southern Uzbekistan may reach 113 °F (45 °C). In the north, winter temperatures may drop to -35 °F (-37 °C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Tashkent
POPULATION: 28.2 million
LANGUAGE: Uzbek, Russian and Tajik
CURRENCY: Uzbekistan Som
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: UZ
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +998
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +5

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all but essential travel to areas bordering Afghanistan, Tajikstan and Kyrgyzstan other than via authorised crossing points. Uzbekistan’s borders are potential flashpoints and there is a risk that uncontrolled border areas may be land-mined.

There is a general threat from terrorism in Uzbekistan including in places frequented by foreign travellers. You should be particularly vigilant in public places. Pay attention to any security announcements by the Uzbek authorities.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk