Moving to Tashkent

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What to know if you're moving to Tashkent

The InterNations GO! Guide prepares you for some of the difficulties you may come across when moving to Tashkent, from getting a residency permit to finding accommodation. A multicultural population in an international city awaits you.


All about Uzbekistan

The expat community in Uzbekistan is relatively small, but constantly growing. As an expatriate planning to move to Uzbekistan, you will encounter different ethnic groups and a continental climate. Get ready to move to this country with the InterNations GO! Guide.
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Relocating to Tashkent

About Tashkent

Tashkent, which translates from Uzbek and Russian into English as Stone City, is the largest and capital city of Uzbekistan, with a population of around 2.3 million. Tashkent is a diverse city — although nearly 60% of the population identify as Uzbek, it also has considerable Russian and Tajik populations. Around 7% of its residents were registered as ‘Other Nationalities’ in the 2008 census, which includes a significant number of expatriates. Due to its location in Central Asia and its proximity to Eastern Europe and trade routes, Tashkent has historically been an international city, and to this day welcomes visitors and international residents. 

Uzbekistan is an Islamic country, with around 97% of its residents identifying as Muslim. There is, however, a native Christian population practicing Russian Orthodox Christianity, and small Roman Catholic communities in some cities. Relocating expatriates should be aware that many local residents will not speak fluent English, although in the Russian communities, English speakers may be more common.

The Climate in Tashkent

While Tashkent’s local residents will be used to its particular climate, it may take some getting used to for those who only recently moved to Tashkent. Due to its location, Uzbekistan has a Mediterranean climate, but with strong continental climate influences. This means that its climate is rather polarized, with long, hot, and dry summers giving way to cold, snowy, and wet winters.

These winters usually take place between December and February, when the residents of the city experience an average of 70 cm of snow over 32 days. Due to its higher altitude (around 500 meters) and the surrounding mountainous regions, Tashkent experiences unusually large amounts of precipitation during the early spring months.

British expatriates and those from other colder climates will, on the other hand, be delighted to learn that living in Tashkent means long, hot and dry summers lasting on average for six months between May and September, and featuring very little to no precipitation.

Visas for Uzbekistan

Like many countries in Central Asia, Uzbekistan has a rather strict visa policy. If you are visiting or staying with friends on arrival, you must produce a letter of invitation in order to be granted a visa before you travel to the country. On arrival, your host should register you with their local Department of Foreign Travel and Exit (which also deals with foreign citizens and expatriates).

If you move to a different district during your stay, you may need to register again. This is important, as when leaving the country a full record of your movements whilst in Uzbekistan will be required. If you cannot provide this information, then you may be fined or deported.

If you are staying for more than three days, you must also register with the Ministry of Internal Affairs within those three days of your arrival, including weekends. Failure to do so means you can incur a hefty fine, have your passport taken for inspection, or be deported. However, most hotels will do this on your behalf. 

InterNations GO!
by InterNations GO!
13 May 2015

Living in Tashkent

Are you getting ready for your new expat life in Tashkent? Wondering about education options, or simply what you could do in your leisure time? The InterNations GO! Guide to living in Tashkent addresses a variety of these topics.
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Working in Tashkent

Working in Tashkent is a great option if you are interested in acquiring work experience in Central Asia. As a national and regional driving force, the capital of Uzbekistan offers various business opportunities for expats. Find out what they are and how to approach them in this article.
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