Uzbekistan is a country with a low crime rate and is on the 2nd place in the rating of the "World Index of Law and Order" and on the 1st place in the safety ranking in Central Asia.
There is a department of internal affairs agencies that specialize in ensuring the safety of tourists in Uzbekistan.
The structures operate in the Bukhara, Samarkand, Khorezm and Kashkadarya regions and are headed by deputy chiefs of departments of internal affairs of the regions.
They are engaged in the identification and adoption of targeted measures to eliminate the causes and conditions of offences committed against tourists.
The Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan pays great attention to security issues, therefore the country has a rather low crime rate. You will not have any problems with representatives of internal bodies, if you do not violate the laws of the country.
Protection of property:
When you stroll through the streets, you must follow certain basic rules, for example, do not show large amount of money. Visitors should keep cash in safe places, use hotel safes to store passports, tickets and valuable things (this refers to the group travelers, individual tourists must always carry their passport with them). If you noticed your things to be stolen, report this to the local government. Travelers in groups must communicate with local authorities through guides.
Rules for a tourist behavior:
The men are greeted with a hand. It is not polite to make the same greeting with women or girls without their consent. It is better to make oral greeting or slightly bow the head.
You can not enter the house of Uzbek people in shoes. If the owner goes ahead of you and does not take off his shoes, it will mean that you can break the rule.
Ramadan – is the month of Moslem fast, however, restaurants, bars and cafes are working as usual. Moreover, the local population limits themselves in drinking alcohol during this month.
Etiquette for visitors of "Sacred constructions":
Firstly, it should be noted that Uzbekistan is a democratic republic in the choice of clothes, but if it concerns visiting prayer places, you should be aware of the following rules:
- Clothes should be modest. Shoulders and knees should be closed if possible.
- It is better for women to cover their hair with a headscarf.
- You are not allowed to eat inside the mosque.
- It is not polite to speak loudly during praying time.
- It is not recommended to disturb the peace of believers when they pray.
- You can take photographs of some mosques outside praying time.
If you visit the country in the summer, Uzbekistan will meet you with its hot sun. There is a possibility of the temperature above 40 degrees. It is worth taking care of your health and follow the following rules:
- It is better to wear light clothing made from natural fabrics.
- Always try to have a bottle of drink, which is not too cold.
- Wear a hat.