Official Travel Advice for Uzbekistan
Safety and security section, Terrorism section and summary - addition of information and advice following an armed attack on a Tajik security checkpoint on the Tajik/Uzbek border on 6 November 2019
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 24 Jan 2020.
Most visits to Uzbekistan are trouble free.
On 6 November 2019, it was reported that 17 people were killed in an armed attack on a Tajik security check-point on the Uzbek/Tajik border. The Tajik Government has said that Daesh/ISIS was responsible. Tashkent remains calm, and there is no additional police presence on the streets or at checkpoints. You should exercise caution and vigilance, particularly if travelling near or across the Uzbek/Tajik border. See Local travel and Terrorism
From 1 February 2019, if you have a British Citizen passport you can enter Uzbekistan as a visitor for stays of up to 30 days without a visa. Clarification of which categories of visitors may travel under the new visa waiver scheme is still pending. 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. See Visas
Air quality in the Karakalpakstan and Khorezm regions has deteriorated as a result of storms over the Aral Sea bringing salt, dust and pollutants into the air. See Health
You can be detained on arrival for the possession of certain medicines, including codeine. You should always carry a doctor’s prescription with you. See Travelling with medicines
Take care in areas bordering Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. Uzbekistan’s borders are potential flashpoints and uncontrolled border areas may be land-mined. Borders are subject to closure without notice. See Local travel
Terrorist attacks in Uzbekistan can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you need to contact the emergency services, call 101 (fire), 102 (police) or 103 (ambulance).
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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