Can I travel from Dubai to Uzbekistan

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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

There are currently warnings against unnecessary tourist trips to Uzbekistan.

Epidemiological situation

Uzbekistan is still affected by COVID-19. Uzbekistan is classified as a risk area.
The Uzbek Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.

entry

The Uzbek government sometimes announces changes to regulations on entry and to contain the pandemic at very short notice, sometimes only via social media.

Entry into Uzbekistan is only permitted if a negative PCR test is presented, which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of crossing the border. Evidence of the negative PCR test result must be provided in English or Russian. No official information is currently available on the quarantine requirement after entry.

Travel connections

Scheduled air traffic is currently only taking place to a limited extent. Experience shows that crossing the border by land is not always possible.

Restrictions in the country

Currently, most of the restrictive measures have been lifted. However, many restaurants and hotels remain closed. In the past, the Uzbek government announced restrictive measures (lockdown) at very short notice.

Hygiene rules

In general, you are obliged to wear mouth and nose protection in public. The local hygiene and distance regulations must be observed.

  • Please inform yourself about the details of the mentioned restrictions, which can change at very short notice, in the local media.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Please note the instructions from the Uzbek government and additional information.
  • Note the test and quarantine requirements when entering Germany from risk areas (not transit) and contact the health department at your place of residence. The Federal Ministry of Health offers further information on compulsory testing.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • Please note our continuously updated information on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

Nationwide, but especially in the border regions with Afghanistan and the border areas with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, it can be assumed that there is a latent threat from Islamist-oriented extremist groups operating in Central Asia. So far, the threat has not been directed against tourism in the country.

  • Be careful when traveling through Uzbekistan.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips close to the border, with the exception of the official border crossings and movements in unknown terrain without a local guide.
  • Be especially vigilant in busy locations and on special occasions.
  • Please note the worldwide safety information.

Domestic situation

The situation in Uzbekistan is currently calm.

  • Find out about the local media.
  • Always have your passport with you so that you can identify yourself during checks.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds in large areas.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

Petty crimes such as pickpockets can occur particularly in popular places such as bazaars and in public transport. Occasional attacks also take place, especially in the dark.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Avoid walking alone in remote parts of the city or less frequented places such as underpasses after dark.

Nature and climate

Uzbekistan lies in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes can occur. In 1966 the capital Tashkent was severely damaged, and in 2011 an earthquake measuring 6.1 in the Fergana Valley claimed several lives.

The climate is continental with dry summers and cold winters. Weather conditions from extreme heat to extreme cold can change very quickly.

The dry bottom of the Aral Sea is heavily polluted by salts and chemicals that are spread by the wind.

Earthquakes or prolonged precipitation can lead to avalanches, mudslides and slides off entire mountain slopes in endangered areas.

  • Always observe prohibitions, information signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
  • Familiarize yourself with earthquake behavioral guidelines. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

Overland travel can be difficult and dangerous due to the poor condition of the roads and vehicles.

The density of petrol stations is low. Gasoline is not always available with 80 and 91 octane and very rarely with 95 octane; outside of Tashkent, gasoline supply is generally more difficult than in the capital. The gasoline quality leaves a lot to be desired, which can lead to technical problems (gasoline filter). Diesel is generally available, but security of supply is not always reliable, especially outside of Tashkent.

Due to the driving style of Uzbek road users, which is often not in accordance with European habits, a motorist who is not used to the local driving style is exposed to an increased risk of accidents. If you are involved in a traffic accident, the vehicle may be out of service for several weeks until all investigations into the cause of the accident have been completed. In the event of a repair, it should be noted that spare parts are sometimes difficult to obtain or have to be imported.

  • Avoid driving overland at night.

Driving license

An international driving license in connection with a valid German driving license is required.

LGBTIQ

Homosexual acts between men are a criminal offense in Uzbekistan. Apart from that, LGBTIQ relationships are not socially acceptable in Uzbekistan.

Legal specifics

Photography is prohibited at some of the facilities in the state that are considered to be strategically important. This can include transport infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, railway systems), government buildings, military facilities and border systems. The prohibition is not always indicated by signs.

Drugs are illegal and their possession, consumption, import, export and trade are subject to criminal penalties.

Money / credit cards

The Uzbek currency is the Sum (UZS). The density of (functioning and adequately stocked) ATMs in Uzbekistan is relatively low. It is therefore advisable to take cash in euros or - even better, as more common - US dollars with you when traveling to Uzbekistan. The banknotes should be in the best external condition, without dirt or cracks, otherwise they cannot be exchanged or can only be exchanged at a discount.

The exchange should only take place in banks and approved exchange offices. Unofficial currency exchange, e.g. in markets, is illegal even after the currency was liberalized in 2017.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the German customs website and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
At the time of entry, travel documents must be valid for at least three months after the Uzbek visa expires. For short-term stays without a visa, the travel document must be valid for at least three months at the time of entry.

visa

Since January 15, 2019, German citizens no longer require a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. According to information from the Uzbek embassy in Berlin, this applies regardless of the purpose of the trip. For a longer stay, a visa must be applied for at the responsible Uzbek diplomatic mission abroad.

Registration and identification requirements

Within 72 hours (not counting Uzbek holidays and weekends) foreigners - regardless of the often visa-free entry, see above - must register with the UVViOG (Administration for Entry / Exit and Citizenship, formerly OViR) of the respective city district. In the case of a hotel stay, the hotel takes over the registration. When entering the country with a tourist visa, registration can only be made through hotels. Otherwise, e.g. when visiting family members or acquaintances, a different procedure applies to both the visa application and registration, which the host should ask the responsible Uzbek authorities about. The registration document is a prerequisite for booking flights and tickets for trips inland and must be presented when leaving the country. Experience has shown that violations of the registration regulations can lead to a delay in onward travel as well as entry bans and high fines

  • During your stay in Uzbekistan, you should always have your passport and your residence permit and / or registration with you in the event of identity checks by the Uzbek police.

Border crossings

An overview (without guarantee) of the Uzbek border crossings with information on opening times is available on the website of the embassy in Tashkent. However, the border crossings designated as international (apart from the international airports) can be closed at short notice and blocked for transit by car or for foreigners.

Minors

Minors traveling alone should have a declaration of consent from their parents in Russian or Uzbek.

If unaccompanied minors are to leave Uzbekistan alone, it is strongly advised to inquire with the airline about special regulations for unaccompanied children. For example, Uzbekistan Airways requires a notarized declaration of consent from both parents, which must be presented when the child leaves.

Import regulations

Unlimited amounts of foreign currency can be imported into Uzbekistan. If the value of the imported foreign currency exceeds 2,000 US dollars, a customs declaration must be filled out in duplicate on the foreign currency importation upon entry. In addition to the Russian version, the form is also available in English, but sometimes only upon special request.

During the immigration control, travelers should ensure that one of the two completed customs declaration forms is stamped back. This copy must be shown on request when leaving the country, otherwise problems must be expected when leaving the country.

When leaving the country, the sum of the foreign currency imported upon arrival is only possible upon presentation of a confirmation from the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan or an authorized bank. Incorrect information is usually punished with a fine. In individual cases there has been a delay in departure, even by several days. Without submitting the entry customs declaration, it is not permitted to bring foreign currency with you when leaving the country. You should therefore keep the entry customs declaration in a safe place.

There are the customary international import and export bans (drugs, weapons) and the customary international restrictions on the import of tobacco and alcohol. The export of antiques (older than 75 years) is prohibited.

It is compulsory and highly recommended to list medicines precisely in the customs declaration that every traveler must present when entering and leaving the country (see also medical information). The import declaration stamped by the Uzbek customs is important as proof of legal import. It happens that Uzbek authorities (e.g. at the border control when leaving the country) stop travelers because they have medication with them that in Uzbekistan (per se or above a certain amount) is considered a drug and was not declared upon import. This can result in laboratory tests of the medication and blood samples lasting several days (i.e. also a break in travel) and high fines.

Pets

To import pets, at least a vaccination certificate and a veterinary certificate must be presented.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

malaria

As of December 2018, the WHO has classified the entire country as malaria-free.

HIV / AIDS

There is generally a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is a form of inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is mainly transmitted through blood contact. Hepatitis C infection is usually asymptomatic, but often becomes chronic. In this context, long-term effects such as liver cirrhosis or liver cancer can occur. So far there is no vaccination against the pathogen. The disease is relatively common in Uzbekistan, affecting around 4% of the population.

  • Avoid any form of blood contact, even procedures such as body piercing, needle-stick tattoos, shaving or manicures must be viewed critically.

Diarrheal diseases

Surface waters can be contaminated with fecal germs and chemical pollutants, even when used in agricultural production. Diarrhea is possible all year round anywhere in the country.
Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see also the information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene, most diarrheal diseases and also cholera (see below) can be avoided. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you're out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

rabies

Rabies is a regularly fatal infectious disease caused by viruses that are transmitted with the saliva of infected animals or humans. Nationwide, there is a risk of bite injuries from stray dogs and the transmission of rabies. The necessary medical measures after bite injuries to an unvaccinated person, the administration of immunoglobulins, are not always possible in Uzbekistan. Vaccination against a bite offers reliable protection against the disease, see the rabies leaflet.

  • Get advice and vaccination about rabies vaccination before you start your journey.
  • Avoid contact with stray animals.
  • Even if you have been vaccinated, seek medical advice immediately after contact with a potentially infected animal or human (bite, licking of injured skin or droplets of saliva on the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes).

tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is more common across the country than in Central Europe. It is transmitted from person to person via droplet infection or close contact. Improper or discontinued treatment creates the risk of resistant tuberculosis. Wearing a surgical mask does not protect against infection.

Geographical diseases

Altitude sickness is a potentially very dangerous functional disorder of the lungs and brain caused by tactical errors in the necessary altitude adjustment above 2,300 m (e.g. due to too rapid ascent and overexertion), see leaflet altitude sickness.

Intense solar radiation, glare from snow and ice, strong winds, extreme cold and impassable or unfamiliar terrain harbor additional risks for travelers at high altitudes. There are only limited civilian air rescue companies in Uzbekistan for rescues from mountain emergencies.

  • Before traveling to high altitudes over 2,300m, seek advice from a doctor with experience in altitude medicine before finalizing your travel plans.
  • Absolutely refrain from taking medication for the prevention or treatment of altitude sickness without instruction from a doctor or experienced mountain guide.

Air pollution

Depending on the weather and the population density at the place of residence, the air quality is often poor, mainly due to exhaust fumes and dust. Chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma or COPD can worsen significantly as a result.

Medical supplies

Medical care, especially in the case of emergencies and accidents, is inadequate in large parts of the country, and a reliably functioning rescue service does not exist everywhere, even in cities. In Tashkent and Samarkand, too, medical care often does not meet European standards. Doctors often ask foreigners to pay in cash in advance for medical treatment. In the event of serious illness or injuries, a medical evacuation, for example to Istanbul, Dubai or Europe, must be considered. Adequate and valid health insurance, including repatriation insurance, is essential, but cannot replace the inadequate medical infrastructure on site.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take your individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always only an offer of advice. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information about your travel destination

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic State" (IS) have been threatening with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of terrorist acts of violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or in which they can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .

German citizens are advised to register in the Foreign Office's "Elefand" crisis prevention list, regardless of their country or the length of their stay abroad:
Crisis preparedness list

Please clarify with your health insurer or health insurance company whether there is adequate health insurance coverage for your trip abroad, which also covers the costs of a rescue flight to Germany.

Without adequate insurance cover, the costs necessary on site (e.g. treatment or hospital costs, flight home) are generally to be borne by the person concerned and can quickly use up all of your savings.