Flag of Uzbekistan

Flag of Uzbekistan

  • Officially » Oʻzbekiston Respublikasi
    • Republic of Uzbekistan (English)
  • Capital » Tashkent


  • Population » 32 million
  • Languages » Uzbek, Russian, Tajik
  • Religion » Islam
  • Life expectancy » 68 years (men), 74 years (women)
  • Currency » Uzbek som



  • Uzbekistan boasts some of the Silk Road’s most fabled destinations
  • Three of the greatest Silk Road cities – Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva – all fall within Uzbekistan.
    • Forts, such as the one still standing at Khiva, were built to protect traders from bandits. This well-preserved city is known as the Museum under the Sky.
    • Samarkand is a city known for its mosques and mausoleums.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites


  • Fergana Valley
  • Ancient medressas (Islamic schools) of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva


  • Driving » Right side
  •  Toll road is being built parallel to the current Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara road (Aug 2021)
  • Overlanders may cross one of many borders from a neighbouring countries.
  • Petrol (Gasoline) is harder to find. Most vehicles run on diesel.
    • There is a black market for petrol, but it is often of poor quality or watered down.
  • Many potholes.


  • Mid-latitude desert
  • Long, hot summers,
  • Mild winters
  • Semiarid grassland in east

Travel Visa

  • Canadians:
    • No visa required for stays shorter than 30 days. (Source – 2019)
    • Canadians must obtain a visa before arriving in Uzbekistan for stays longer than 30 days.
    • Since Feb 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.


  • People are warm and hospitable.
  • Uzbekistan has developed close ties with Russia.
    • May 2024 example » Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan, the first such project in post-Soviet Central Asia, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced at a meeting with visiting war-time Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Reuters)

Safety and Security

Government Travel Advice




This page was updated May 28, 2024