In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is considered to be a relatively safe country to travel to, but it is still important to keep in mind that it is located in a rather volatile part of the world that has seen plenty of unrests, wars and more.
The US State Department warns its citizens that Uzbekistan may be home to certain groups and individuals associated with the Islamic Jihad Union, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and even al-Qai’da. This is mostly due to the proximity of Afghanistan which borders with Uzbekistan. Although the terrorism threat is not high in Uzbekistan, visitors are still advised to stay alert.
Certain areas of Uzbekistan such as Andijan, the eastern region of the Ferghana valley, as well as those bordering Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, are considered to be less safe. Travel is not recommended in such areas.
When it comes to crime, a certain increase in number of violent crime has been observed in Uzbekistan, while the largest threat still remains petty crime such as robberies and pickpocketing. These are more likely in areas with more tourists, such as major sights, local marketplaces and train stations.
Prostitution and organized crime are present in large cities, especially in Tashkent. Most clubs and bars are run by people linked to organized crime and it is important to be smart and inconspicuous when frequenting such places.
If traveling by train in Uzbekistan, it is important to hold tight of the valuables as there have been cases of robberies and pickpocketing on trains, especially overnight ones.