Many common painkillers, sleeping drugs and anxiety blockers are illegal in Uzbekistan.
See the peculiarities chapter below to make sure you do not get arrested.
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Advised to use the main Shymkent-Tashkent highway or Yalama. Once cleared, it’s a 10 minute, no shade walk (if you don’t have a car or bicycle) from the Kyrgyz side to the Uzbek side.
On the Uzbek side, minibuses pass by on their way to Uch-Kurgan town center for 1500 som (if you have Uzbek som, there are no money changers).
Make sure you do not have any of these substances in any medication, and to have the right boxes and usage manuals for all your medication.
Prescriptions are a must if it is anything outside of a standard pill.
You will need to fill in 2 customs forms for that, one for them and one for you. When leaving the country you will need to fill in another form with your current amount of money, and hand it over together with your old form. Don’t bring religious literature of any kind, or books about Uzbek politics or history. Government buildings, bearded guys, military stuff, naked girls, … Usually, things go smooth and you are not thoroughly checked, but immigration officers have been known to count money in detail, to look at your books, check hotel registrations, go through your medicine box pill by pill and look up the names online, open your laptop and search for porn, or ask questions about every Uzbek on your pictures.
One girl had to undress in front of some local women and a female Uzbek border guard.
This map is schematic and only depicts the main border crossings of Uzbekistan. There is also a daily train from Kungrad to Beyneu, which takes approximately 10 hours. Generally straightforward crossing nowadays, but there can be considerable waiting time with fisticuffs breaking out occasionally due to the stressful circumstances. From Tashkent: There are no marshrutkas going cross-border.
For all border crossings and their precise location, see the map at Border crossings of the Silk Road. From Tashkent you can take a whole taxi for 10$ from the city center, or a taxi or Damas marshrutka for a miniature sum to the border, leaving from the bus stop at the Yunusobod Univermag supermarket.
Uzbekistan shares borders with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.
Due to conflicts, natural disasters or diseases, the border crossings can close unpredictably.
Ask around before you set off and check our forum for announcements.