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Tashkent and Samarkand in one trip

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Hey guys, in this article, I wanted to share our itinerary for 4 days in Uzbekistan visiting Tashkent and Samarkand (and Bukhara as an optional destination). We visited Uzbekistan in winter, when it was very empty and had a chance to explore the main landmarks without any crowds.

Here’s what you can expect to find in this blog post:

Who can travel to Uzbekistan? Do you need a visa?

If you’re wondering whether you need a visa for Uzbekistan, it’s better to check on the official website here, as the rules might have changed since we wrote this article. Generally, it’s pretty easy to visit Uzbekistan and if you’re from the EU, you don’t need a visa as of January 2022. However, to enter Uzbekistan, you need to show a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your trip. 

There are no strict rules about who could travel to Uzbekistan, however, it has its own red list – arrivals from some countries need to quarantine for 10 days.  

Apart from that, it’s straightforward to travel to Uzbekistan – you don’t need any invitations or travel vouchers. 

Can you explore Uzbekistan on your own without a travel agency? 

A lot of people are wondering whether you can explore Uzbekistan on your own without buying an organised tour. I just say that there are some challenges when it comes to getting around the cities (e.g. taxi drivers in Samarkand in Bukhara don’t speak English and there is no app you can use to ask for a taxi) and sometimes hotel personnel don’t speak English as well, however, it’s normal – it’s the same in a lot of countries around the world.

If you’re a young solo female traveller, you might get a lot of attention, so I’m not sure I would recommend travelling alone in Uzbekistan – in this case, it’s better to buy a tour! 

Which language can you use in Uzbekistan?

As I mentioned before, not many people speak English in Uzbekistan – the primary language of the country is Uzbek (and Tajik in Bukhara and Samarkand), however, you can also use Russian, 80% of people in big cities can speak and understand Russian. 

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What’s the best time to travel to Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan has clearly defined seasons : cold winter, wonderful spring when everything is blooming, extremely hot summer and pleasant autumn. Summer is generally very hot in Uzbekistan so it’s not recommended to travel there from June to early September, unless you enjoy the temperatures of 38-55C degrees. 

Winter is absolutely fine, it doesn’t usually get colder than -3C, and in Samarkand and Bukhara winters are often sunny and somewhat warm (5-15C) during the day. However, you can expect subzero temperatures at night. I have a separate blog post about weather in Uzbekistan in winter and our overall impressions from travelling to Uzbekistan in December.

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