Uzbekistan Travel Tips

Passports and Visas: It is each traveler responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure and a visa if required. Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies.

Visas required for Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan - Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue intra-flight and train tickets

Trip Preparation: A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you&rsquoll have copies for easier reporting and replacement.

WiFi Access: WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships.

Staying Healthy While Traveling

All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician&rsquos note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

Uzbekistan - No inoculations are required. However, some immunizations are recommended. Please consult your physician before traveling to Uzbekistan. Also, pay attention to the local food and especially to tap water. Always drink bottled water and carry iodine tablets to purify water in an emergency

Climate & Clothing

Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. On cruises, informal dress is the general rule though on formal nights, a cocktail dress for women and a suit or coat and tie for men is required. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Uzbekistan - Spring and fall are best times to visit Uzbekistan, when temperatures are comfortable, between 48-70°F. The peak season however is during the summer when it is incredibly hot and sweltering (64-94°F). Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, a hat, sunscreen, and a good pair of sunglasses. Religious sites require modest dress to enter: No shorts or short skirts, knees must be covered by long pants or a long skirt. No sleeveless tops and shoulders must be covered. It is recommended that you have a scarf and shoes that are easy to take off while visiting mosques

Health Information: Check with your personal physician for the latest overseas travel health information, or contact the Center for Disease Controls travelers hotline at 404-332-4559, web site www.cdc.gov.

Hotels: Right Travel has carefully each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard rooms with two single beds and private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgrade. Room ion is strictly at the discretion of the hotel management. We reserve the right to make hotel substitutions with those of equal standard.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out: Check-in time is usually 4pm or later. Check-out time is 12 noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Suggested Tipping: Escorted Tours

Tour Manager (Coordinator may or may not act as a guide): US $10 per person per day

Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $3 per person per day, US $2 per half day

Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day

Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Uzbekistan - Tipping is not expected but is greatly appreciated. Normal tipping is 3 to 5 in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists

Shopping: Shopping Malls are open Monday to Sunday between 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. Good buys include Armenia cognac, soviet coins, carpets, handicrafts and unique handmade jewelry.

Uzbekistan - Traditional rugs, local handicrafts, silk, spices, Islamic tiles, jewelry, and old Soviet memorabilia are among the most popular items

Luggage: All Right Travel packages allow one piece of luggage per person, plus carry-on bag. Additional baggage will be subject to airline handling charges of up to $100 per piece. As Right Travel will not be responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings, you MUST report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form MUST be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. See Right Travel page for Important Baggage Information for U.S. Travelers.

Currency: We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country youre visiting before you depart. It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. Its also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs dont always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities

Uzbekistan - The Uzbek soum (UZS) is the currency of Uzbekistan. The soum banknotes are available in 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000. US dollars and other hard currencies can be exchanged for soums in any branch of the National Bank of Uzbekistan

Credit cards: (Visa & Mastercard) are becoming widely accepted in large stores, hotels and some restaurants. Small vendors will only accept cash but might take small denomination US bills.

Uzbekistan - Traditional rugs, local handicrafts, silk, spices, Islamic tiles, jewelry, and old Soviet memorabilia are among the most popular items

Your Safety is Very Important: Every effort has been taken by Right Travel to ensure your safety. However, it is important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while you&rsquore on your trip. Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Don&rsquot put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place. (In case that one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place.) Don&rsquot leave valuables laying loose in your room-use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe. If you have purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Right Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Right Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Code of Conduct: The code of conduct is a set of rules and norms in a particular environment. It defines what to do and what not to do. It is based on ethical value. What differentiate it to ethical code is that it is obligatory and punishes offenders. The principal objectives of this code are to build confidence toward all the customs partners and to reconcile efficiency of controls and trade facilitation. The finality of this code is to promote the professional integrity of the Customs Administration staff and to inform the public what conduct they have the right to expect from these agents. It is necessary to notice that this code applies to all the staff of the Malagasy Customs Administration.

Uzbekistan - We recommend that you apply reasonable caution and common sense when traveling abroad. Always keep valuables in a safe place, maintain a low profile, stay in well-lit areas and avoid walking alone. Beware of pickpockets in public places, such as tourist destinations, train stations, and local markets.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Uzbekistan

Fire Service: 101

Police: 102

Ambulance: 103

MoES (Emergency situations): 1050

Languages

Uzbekistan: The official language is Uzbek. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

 Electricity

Please note: Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Uzbekistan: The voltage used is 220 volts. Uzbek sockets are usually round, 2-pronged.

Code of Conduct

Uzbekistan - Uzbekistan is predominantly a Muslim country. Shaking hands is generally an appropriate greeting. Refrain from public displays of affection, as this can be seen as rude. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking from sunrise to sunset. Please be respectful of this practice.

 Food and Meals

Uzbekistan: The Uzbek cuisine has Persian roots and has been influenced by different cultures. Uzbekistans signature dish is Plov, a main dish made with rice, meat, grated carrots and onions. Other notable dishes include Dimlama, Naryn, Buglama, Lagman Soup, Shashlik, Achichuk Salad, Samsa, Tashkent Salad and Kutabi. Tea is the main drink in Uzbekistan. Uzbeks generally eat by hand and sit on the floor or at a low table. While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and raw fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Uzbek mealtimes are as follows: lunch is from 2:00-4:00 pm and dinner is from 7:00-9:00 pm

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