Passport has to be valid for at least another 6 months
and you need a visa to enter Uzbekistan. See Additional
Information on how to get a visa for Uzbekistan.
We did not have a valid insurance for Uzbekistan. Nobody
checked or cared.
Did not get checked, but I am sure that officially you
are required to have one.
We did not have to show any papers for the bikes. Carnet
is not needed, but you should of course have your motorcycle papers with
Own license plates are sufficient.
How it went
As always first you come to the immigration office. There is a doctor
there who will have a look at you to make sure you are healthy!
Next you have to fill out 2 copies of the entry card. The only challenge
here is, that the cards are not available in English. So unless you
can read cyrillic you are in bit of a tight spot. However if you have
made it to Uzbekistan, you must have similar forms form Turkmenistan
or Kazakhstan somewhere so just check against them.
With the Entry forms you go to the immigration officer who will then
check your visa and stamp you passport.
is the Customs forms. Again these will look familiar, as they are the
same all over the Stans. Fill in your passport details, leave everything
else blank and fill in your vehicle information on the back of the form
at the bottom.
With these forms they will then send you to the Customs Office. The
form gets stamped and that is it, welcome to Uzbekistan.
It cost no money and took us less than 30 minutes!
Point of Exit
Chernyaevka (between Tashkent
Uzbekistan and Shymkent in Kazakhstan)
How it went
As with coming in, leaving Uzbekistan was easy. At Immigration
we got our passports stamped and then that was it.
Getting a visa for
Uzbekistan: We got our visa for Uzbekistan in Ankara Turkey. The Uzbek embassy
is a small affair and kind of hard to find, so here is the GPS Point:
N39 52.324 E32 51.839 as well as the address: Sokak No 3, Yildiz-Cankaya,
We went to the embassy. There we filled out the application form complete
with one passport picture. We also had to write a letter in shorthand
addressed to the consul, stating who we were, why we wanted to visit
Uzbekistan and what we planned on doing there. Then we were told to
come back in 5 days.
When we came back we were given the address of a bank in Ankara. There
we had to go and pay the visa and the handling fee and get separate
receipts for both. The visa was 60 US dollars each and the handling
fee was another 15 US dollars each. Back at the embassy with these receipts
the Consul came to have a look at us and then the visas were issued.
Changing money: Farab Border to Turkmenistan:
On the Uzbek side of the border there is plenty of money changers hanging
around. They will change Turkmen manat into local currency at a better
rate than the money changers on the Turkmen side.
are the details of the border crossing into this particular country.
The information is correct as of the date on which the border was
crossed. But, due to the stability and vagaries of the regimes involved,
it is prudent that you get additional data directly from the embassy
involved, preferably in your own country. Also you should keep in
mind that the procedure can vary depending on exactly who is on duty.
So never assume anything is a particular way, and regardless of what
anyone says, the impossible is often possible if you are in the right
place at the right time. Good Luck.