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Uzbekistan is officially reopening its borders for tourism and resuming international flights starting on October 1, 2020.

The formal Soviet nation located in Central Asia first closed its borders on March 15 in response to the virus and has virtually stayed shut for tourism ever since.

On September 18th the Republican Special Commission made the announcement that border will reopen on October 1st, once again allowing tourists to arrive from select nations.

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Shah-I-Zinda is a famous architectural complex, necropolis in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Countries that are allowed to enter in October are classified under a traffic light system that is determined by current infection rates and will dictate the specific entry requirements for the tourist.

Kalyan in Bukhara Uzbekistan
Kalyan Mosque at dusk in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Below we have all the available information about Uzbekistan reopening for tourism, including which nations are permitted to go, all entry requirements, and everything else you need to know.

Entry Requirements for Uzbekistan

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Tashkent TV Tower, Uzbekistan

Countries that can visit Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is adopting a traffic light system for entry after October 1st. All countries will be classified as red, yellow, or green – each having their own entry rules.

Green Countries

  • Austria
  • China
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Malaysia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

Asymptomatic travelers from GREEN nations are permitted to enter Uzbekistan with no restrictions, meaning no tests and no quarantines.

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The Kukeldash Madrasah - built around the year 1570

Yellow Countries

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • UAE
  • All EU countries (excluding the UK and Spain)

PCR Test Required

All travelers from YELLOW nations will be required to perform a PCR test no longer than 72 hours before arrival into the country and present the negative results to both the airline prior to flights, and customs upon landing.  The PCR test must be in English or Russian.

If no negative PCR test is done, the passenger will have to undergo testing on arrival AND quarantine for 14 days.

Hazrat Imam Mosque and Hazrat Imam Square in Tashkent Uzbekistan

Red Countries

  • UK
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Rest of world not listed in ‘Green’ or ‘Yellow’ categories

PCR Test + 14 Day Quarantine Required

All travelers from RED nations will be required to perform a PCR test no longer than 72 hours before arrival into the country and present the negative results to both the airline prior to flights, and customs upon landing.  The PCR test must be in English or Russian.

Upon arrival, all RED passengers will also need to quarantine for 14 days, even if the test is negative.

Ancient cemetery of Mizdakhan at the sunset, in Nukus, Uzbekistan.
Ancient cemetery of Mizdakhan at the sunset, in Nukus, Uzbekistan.

Group Tour Exception – Quarantine ‘bypass’

There have been multiple reports of a ‘group tour exception' for tourists who come as part of a guided tour  from 5 to 15 people.

For example: Let’s say a tourist from the UK, which is currently classified as a ‘red’ country, enters Uzbekistan with a local guided tour company, they will get to bypass the 14-day quarantine, as long as they bring a negative PCR test.

Is entry based on residency or location?

It seems that Uzbekistan is more concerned with the passenger’s location than their residency. The US embassy site suggests that the criteria of country (red, yellow, green) is based on location for the last 10 days. They state “Passengers entering from “green” countries (persons who have been there for the last 10 days) are not subject to any sort of quarantine control.” 

Kalon mosque Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Kalon mosque Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Other Entry Requirements:

  • All tourists must have valid travel health insurance for the duration of their stay
  • Passengers will also undergo temperature and symptom checks upon arrival
  • Mask wearing in all public places is mandatory
  • All normal visa requirements are still in place
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Flights into Uzbekistan

As the news of Uzbekistan reopening is still quite new, many airlines have not yet resumed their normal schedule, but here are some flights we know of so far:

  • Minsk to Tashkent on Belavia, already resumed
  • Istanbul to Tashkent on Turkish Airlines and Uzbekistan Air, already resumed
  • Almaty to Tashkent on Air Astana, already resumed
  • Dubai to Tashkent on FlyDubai, already resumed
  • Novosibirsk to Tashkent on S7, resuming Oct 25
  • Destinations like Moscow, Seoul and 40+ other cities should resume in a few months
sanitizing local market in tashkent
Sanitation procedure against coronavirus at biggest bazaar in Tashkent

Uzbekistan Pays Tourists $3000 If They Become Infected?

Every news outlet in the world covered the story when Uzbekistan launched their “Uzbekistan: Safe Travel Guaranteed” campaign back in June. The eye-catching campaign promised to compensate tourists with up to $3000 if they contracted the virus while on vacation in Uzbekistan.

The nation also said it was planning to reopen to a list of countries, but then, silence. 

Case numbers started to soar soon after the announcement, and the government kept the borders closed for all non-essential travel, effectively canceling the campaign. 

Travel Off Path does not believe the campaign, or the cash offer, is in effect. 

Credit: Worldometers

Read More: See which countries in Asia have reopened for tourism, what companies are offering travel insurance that covers covid, and what countries are open with NO testing or quarantines

Disclaimer: Uzbekistan’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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