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


  • Area » 447,400 sq km (172,700 sq miles)


  • Uzbekistan boasts some of the Silk Road’s most fabled destinations
    • 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.
    • Also on the Silk Road, Samarkand is a city known for its mosques and mausoleums.
  • People are warm and hospitable.


  • 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.


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


  • Overlanders may cross one of many borders from a neighbouring countries.
    • The capital, Tashkent, on the border with Kazakhstan, is the most common entry point.
    • From Fergana Valley, to Kyrgyzstan, use the border between Andijan and Osh
  • Petrol (Gasoline) is difficult 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.

Safety and Security




This page was last updated on 2021.04.02 by Robert Vinet