The migration services of Uzbekistan have calculated that since the beginning of 2022, almost 320 thousand Russians have entered the country: some as tourists, others in search of a new place of residence. According to the Central Bank of Uzbekistan, at least 30,000 migrants from Russia remained to live and work in the republic. Most choose Tashkent, the largest city in the country and Central Asia. Practical “Subtleties” learned what formalities must be observed when moving to the Uzbek capital and how to solve the most pressing issues.
Russians do not need a visa to enter Uzbekistan – a passport is enough, but within 15 days they must register at their place of residence. Hotels take care of the registration of arrivals, but if you are staying with friends, relatives or in a rented apartment, you need to come to the regional department of migration and citizenship registration together with the owner of the property. Here they fill out an application and pay a state duty (60,000 UZS), and a day later you can pick up a ready-made temporary registration form. It is useful for issuing a local SIM card, a bank card and moving around the country. The maximum registration period is 6 months, then it must be renewed. /1g/e9/1ge9ybz6osw0www0s4s4sggos.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
Since 2019, in Uzbekistan, it is necessary not only to register at the place of residence, but also to register any phone imported into the country in the Uzimei system – otherwise, after 30 days, it will simply be blocked. To do this, you first have to buy a SIM card from one of the local operators – Beeline, Ucell, Mobiuz or Uzmobile. “Sim cards” for registering phones are issued only at large offices of these companies; you won’t be able to buy them anywhere on the street. You can’t choose the cheapest tariff either, so when buying, you should warn the operator that you need to register the phone. You can do this at the Main Post Office with a passport and a telephone, paying a fee (54,000 UZS). From November 1, online registration is available on the uzimei.uz website, which greatly simplifies the procedure and saves time.
Money and cards
The currency of the country is the Uzbek sum, you can buy it in banks, but if at the official rate 1 RUB costs 181 UZS, then you will receive a maximum of 168 UZS for 1 RUB during the exchange. It is more profitable to transfer money from a Russian card to an Uzbek one: in this case, the rate is slightly higher. This option is available in the applications of Sberbank and Tinkoff Bank.
Since the end of September, Mir cards have not been valid in Uzbekistan, so it is better to enter the country with cash. Later, you can issue a Visa and MasterCard sum or currency card, but for this you will have to live in Uzbekistan for at least 15 days – most banks in Tashkent make such a requirement. To open an account, you will need a passport and temporary registration, in addition, you need to pay a certain amount – from 50,000 UZS. When withdrawing cash from a card, Uzbek banks charge a commission of 1%, so it’s better to just pay with a card: they are accepted almost everywhere (sometimes even in the bazaar). Do not be alarmed if the seller asks you for a pin code: this is wrong from a security point of view, but it is so accepted in Uzbekistan. If in doubt, you can always ask the terminal and enter the pin code yourself.
The housing issue in Tashkent is acute: the capital used to receive many visitors from all over the republic, and this year thousands of relocators from Russia have joined their ranks. Affordable housing in the city ended in September, and if in the spring it was possible to rent a two-room apartment for 300 USD, then in autumn the prices increased by 2-3 times and reach 1000 USD. In addition, the owners usually require an advance payment for a couple of months in advance.
Everyone solves the problem to the best of their ability: someone stays with relatives and friends, someone rents a room in a private house, someone looks for options through acquaintances.
Detailed information about renting apartments and real estate agencies is collected in the Relocation to Uzbekistan telegram channel, here you can also find ads from homeowners.
In 2022, people of various professions moved to Tashkent: doctors and teachers, photographers and artists, marketers and entrepreneurs, engineers and IT specialists. Some continue to work remotely for Russian companies, others came by invitation to participate in joint projects, but most have to look for work locally. The sphere of information technology in Uzbekistan is developing, and IT specialists are in demand here, but education, medicine, service and management are much more in need of personnel.
Like housing, jobs are often found through acquaintances, social networks and telegram channels, where job seekers post their resumes, and employers post vacancies.
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The situation with the Russian language in Tashkent is ambiguous: on the one hand, strangers on the street can greet you in Russian, on the other hand, there are those who will communicate exclusively in Uzbek. As a rule, these are visitors from remote regions of Uzbekistan, but most Tashkenters and residents of other large cities understand Russians and speak their language – in transport, shops, pharmacies, schools and clinics. In such a comfortable language environment, it is much easier to cope with the difficulties of moving, but it would be nice to learn a few words in Uzbek: even if you know the language a little, it is easier to communicate and make new contacts, and personal connections in Uzbekistan decide, if not everything, then a lot.