Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
There are lists of ‘non-priority’ goods for which no authorization is granted (for some food products and drinks). There is another ‘negative list’ which includes certain high quality textiles, carpets, crystals, foodstuffs for dogs and cats and tourist cars.
Imports of medicines, firearms, precious metals, uranium and other radioactive products, foreign and “research data” movies and videos are submitted to a very strict import authorization. The import of publications, manuscripts, video, audio and photo instruments “likely to do harm to the State and the Social order”, as well as pornographic material are prohibited.
Export is also strictly regulated : in principle, cereals, bakery products, meat and live animals, milk powder, tea, sugar, etc. cannot be exported.
The registration of an import contract for a value equal or less than 50 000 USD, is done within 5 working days after its submission at the Uzbek Ministry for Exterior Economic Relations. For a value greater than 50 000 USD, the registration is done within 10 working days after its declaration.
For an import contract that has been appraised and depending on the quantity and quality of the delivery as well as the price level, registration should be carried out within 2 working days from the time of submission of documents, except if prior authorization is required. After a final positive decision, the contract is registered in the official register according the type of registration certificate of the contract.
Presidential Resolution PP-3818 issued June 29, 2018, set new import tariffs in Uzbekistan. The resolution includes tariffs for Import Duties and Import Excise Taxes. Customs duties for imported goods range from zero to more than 100%, but the average rate is approximately 20%. More information on taxes and duties for specific products can be obtained by following this link: here. The cost of imports also include 20% Value Added Tax (VAT) and customs clearance fee, which is 0.2% of declared customs value. Goods imported by investors for their own needs, for implementation of projects in Uzbekistan, goods imported for further export or under a temporary importation regime are indefinitely exempt from customs duties. Some companies and investors may enjoy duty free importation preferences by a decision of the government.
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Despite the difficult epidemiological situation in the world, there are no restrictions on entry to the country in Uzbekistan, except for some states.
From December 21, 2020 to March 1, 2021, Uzbekistan suspended flights with the UK, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Australia, the Netherlands and South Africa.
Persons arriving in Uzbekistan from other countries must provide a PCR certificate for COVID-19 with a negative result, made no more than 72 hours before arrival, as well as undergo thermometry and an express test for COVID-19 at the airport.In case of a negative test result made at the airport of Uzbekistan, passengers can freely go to the city, if positive, for a 14-day quarantine, which can be carried out both in the quarantine zone and at the hotel.
Persons aged over 65 are recommended to remain in self-isolation and not to visit public spaces. Large group gatherings in any public place are prohibited.
From 15 August, all shopping malls, clothing markets, restaurants, cafes, beauty salons and larger shops, as well as gyms, swimming pools, private kindergartens and education centres have reopened.
You must wear a face mask while outside – you may be fined (up to approximately £100) if you do not comply with this regulation.
A ban on all cultural entertainments and other public events remains in place. Weddings and other family events are permitted with no more than 30 people present (who should be relatives). Gyms, swimming pools, restaurants, markets and large stores are closed, as are private kindergartens and any other education establishment irrespective of their legal status.