Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Uzbekistan on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Uzbekistan. Information on land travel in Uzbekistan, including borders, can be found in Road travel.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

International travel

Commercial flights to and from the UK to Uzbekistan restarted in August, although they operate only twice per week. Flights to Frankfurt have also resumed and there is a daily flight to Istanbul. Check with your travel company or airline for the latest information.

Testing on departure

All persons departing Uzbekistan by air are required to undergo temperature checks. Anyone showing high temperature and/or other COVID-19 symptoms will be denied boarding. Depending on the destination country of the flight, the authorities of that country may also require other pre-boarding checks in addition to those conducted by the Uzbek authorities.

Travel in Uzbekistan

Civilian airports are open but scheduled international passenger flights are very limited. Some domestic flights are operating.

Public transport in cities has resumed and train travel between regions is now operating.

Care should be taken if using taxis as some operators might not be fully complying with COVID-19 hygiene measures.

Under measures introduced by the Uzbek authorities, anyone subject to quarantine or self-isolation who breaches such controls is liable to a minimum fine of 11 Million UZS (approximately £900) or up to 10 years imprisonment.

Accommodation

Hotels, motels and guest houses are open (but are subject to special health and safety rules) following the introduction of new restrictive measures to combat the Omicron variant.

Public places and services

Persons aged over 65 are recommended to remain in self-isolation and not to visit public spaces. Large group gatherings in any public place are limited.

Shopping malls, clothing markets, restaurants, cafes, beauty salons and larger shops, as well as gyms, swimming pools, private kindergartens and education centres are open.

You must wear a face mask while outside and when you visit most public places – you may be fined (up to approximately £100) if you do not comply with this regulation.

Healthcare in Uzbekistan

For contact details of English-speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the 1003 hotline number of the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan. Please note, however, operators at the hotline will speak only Russian or Uzbek.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

If you show COVID-19 symptoms you will undergo testing at government facilities.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be placed into Red, Yellow or Green categories. If you have a light form of coronavirus infection (asymptomatic), you will be categorised as Green. If you have medium symptoms (e.g. high temperature), you will be categorised as Yellow, and if you have serious symptoms, you will be categorised as Red.

If you are categorised as Green or Yellow, and if approved by a doctor, then you will be allowed to have treatment at home and will be required to comply with existing sanitary-hygiene rules. In Red cases, you will be admitted to hospital. If you are categorised as Green or Yellow and treatment at home is not possible, you will be hospitalised in a dedicated government facility, and discharged after 10 days if no further symptoms are observed.

If you have been in contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, you will no longer be automatically quarantined but are required to self-isolate for 14-days and be subject to medical monitoring.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Uzbekistan

We will update this page when the Government of Uzbekistan announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Uzbekistan national vaccination programme has started and the Government is using a mixture of AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sputnik V and Sinopharm/Sinovac vaccines, although the latter vaccines are more commonly used. The Government of Uzbekistan has stated that British nationals resident in Uzbekistan are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. For further information on the vaccination programme and access to vaccines, contact your local clinic or private healthcare provider.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Uzbekistan, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from the local authorities or found online

Further information

The Government’s official website for coronavirus information in Uzbekistan can be found at www.coronavirus.uz. An official Telegram channel is also available (https://t.me/koronavirusinfouz). Please note that these resources are available in Uzbek or Russian.

The Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan COVID-19 hotline number is 1003.