Cradled between the Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya rivers, Uzbekistan is arguably the most fascinating of the Central Asian republics. A key link along the ancient silk routes that once connected China with Western Europe, it is home to some of the oldest towns in the world, including the almost legendary cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Long considered different from the rest of Central Asia, these rich lands were settled as early as the 6th century, a testament etched into the very stone of Khiva and Bukhara’s towering fortresses and Samarkand’s glorious Islamic architecture.
Almost mystical symbols of the region’s oriental beauty, its cities are well matched by the nature that surrounds them. From the verdant slopes of the Ferghana Valley to the arid parched landscapes of the Aral Sea, this is a land whose legend has long lived in the imagination of the west.
Bearing the scars and influences of Huns, Turks and Mongols, Uzbekistan’s golden age came with the reign of Tamerlane in the 14th century. The breathtaking splendour of Samarkand was his legacy, along with the cultural traditions that have passed down the old caravan routes of the Silk Road, to survive amongst the bazaars and tea houses of his old capital.
UK Passport holders require a visa to visit Uzbekistan.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the end of your trip, and it must have at least one blank page for each visa required. Please ensure the passport details we hold for you are correct.
Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa documentation when starting your trip. Country entry regulations can alter daily and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies for any changes.
You can also use a visa company such as::
6-12 Gladstone Road
Tel: 020 7223 5295
Fax: 020 7738 2617
Whether you are using a company or applying for the visa yourself you will require the following:
• Letter from your employer confirming you have taken the time from work for holiday.
• An authorisation letter from Wild Frontiers, which we will apply for and forward on to you a couple of months prior to departure.
• To inform us in the office which embassy you intend to apply for your visa from, as pertinent information needs to be forwarded there from us prior to your application.
• To inform us of your occupation title and the name of your employer.
• To provide us with a scanned copy of your passport photo page.
If you are travelling on a non-UK passport, please contact your nearest consulate/embassy for up to date visa information.
The best time to visit is generally May, June, September and October when the skies tend to be clear and the temperature warm. You can also visit Uzbekistan in July and August however it is hot and the temperature in Bukhara and Khiva can reach 40 degrees.
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Uzbekistan, although you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
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