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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in Uzbekistan. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Uzbekistan.
Currencie(s): Uzbekistani so'm
Corruption: Uzbekistan has a corruption score of 77/100.
If your itinerary runs through Uzbekistan, be very careful: threats to your well-being may come from muggers and police officers alike. According to Transparency International, Uzbekistan is one of the most corrupt nations around the world.
Uzbekistan is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.17 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Samarqand is 20.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
At the age of 16, an individual is considered mature enough in Uzbekistan to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan scores a -6/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Uzbekistan are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 17 and 17°C (62.6 and 62.6°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 28.46 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Uzbekistan. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.