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1. Posted by 5acrefarmer (Inactive 3 posts) 5y

Hi

Am starting to plan a trip starting in Uzbekistan (Tashkent) then heading west.
The friend I am travelling with is the one who came up with the idea
and doing most of the planning. So far at this early stage it is somewhat confusing
trying to get a grasp of the red tape.

I am not wanting any specific advice such as LOI and where is a good cafe
but more what tips and tricks you may have from your experience
travelling in Central Asia. My friend is worried about visas and the apparent
need to have an itinerary. I am wondering for example if an itinerary is really needed,
can be made up or is a serious issue.

Advice on how to plan and what pitfalls would be a great help.

I myself am curious as to how much to plan ahead.
We will be in the area for 2 months so I wonder if
getting to Tashkent then working out the rest as we go
is a good idea or we need to work out other stuff in advance.

Have worked out visa requirements for Uzbekistan
and also how to get there.

Many thanks, Ian

2. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 5y

I've been dreaming of travelling to Central Asia for years now, but the red tape has always deterred me. Was it hard to get a visa for Uzbekistan?

A few years ago I visited Russia, which has similar visa requirements as Central Asia (LOI, etc.) They demanded a detailed itinerary to get the visa, but once I got to Russia, the itinerary didn't matter. I totally ignored it, and the authorities didn't care. You might find the same situation in Central Asia.

3. Posted by 5acrefarmer (Inactive 3 posts) 5y

Hi

Thanks for the reply but I have now cancelled any plans to go there. My friend ain't happy but it is more her dream than mine.

I like to travel tough but not when the powers that be make it miserable. I've already been on the road for 5 months and have not the time or energy to face the hassle. Maybe another year.

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