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Nationals from the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, and many countries in the European Union need to obtain a visa prior to arrival in Uzbekistan. Aside from the usual documentation needed, a letter of invitation may be required depending on the visitor’s nationality. US and Canada nationals need such a letter. The cost for a single-entry visa varies depending on length of intended stay. A visa valid for seven days costs US$40, 15 days US$50, and 30 days US$60. For more information, you may visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Health and Safety

Cholera vaccination is recommended for travel to Uzbekistan, as well as meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis A immunizations. Medical facilities, including emergency healthcare, are available but travelers will note that standards are not the same as those found in western countries. A referral from the Tashkent International Medical Clinic or your embassy is needed for emergency services. Medical professionals expect cash payment. Travelers are advised to bring with them their essential medicines and prescriptions as there is a severe shortage of medical supplies in the country. Comprehensive medical insurance is highly recommended. Water from the tap is generally unsafe for drinking. Milk and dairy products are generally pasteurized and safe for consumption.

Uzbekistan is a relatively safe place. However, tourists must be vigilant in public areas as petty crimes are known to happen. It is generally risky traveling at night, including taking overnight local transport or unofficial taxis. Some areas of the country are still deemed too volatile for travelers. These include the regions bordering Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. Some of these border areas are known to have landmines. Caution must be exercised when traveling to the Fergana Valley in the far east, on the Tajik and Kyrgyz borders.

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