How to Stay Healthy While Traveling in Uzbekistan

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Can you drink tap water in Uzbekistan? Travel experts share their tips to avoid health hazards and disease in Uzbekistan.

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Medical facilities and medications are limited in Uzbekistan, and some medications are illegal here.

Find out what you need to know to stay healthy while on the road in Uzbekistan.

Vaccinations for travelers to Uzbekistan

Generally, there are not many health issues to worry about in Uzbekistan. However, there have been outbreaks of Hepatitis A, meningitis, malaria and diphtheria. While vaccinations are not mandatory for travel, talk to your doctor prior to your trip about whether or not you need the following vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Influenza
  • Polio
  • Malaria
  • Tetanus-diphtheria
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Carry prescriptions for all medication

On a trip to Uzbekistan in 2018, Brent Robins wishes he'd known to carry prescriptions for all his medications. Have your doctor write a letter for ibuprofen as well as any over the counter medications.

The authorities don't hassle travelers as much since the new President was elected, however, to be on the safe side, come prepared.

When you go through customs, authorities will analyze the length of your stay to ensure the amount of prescription medication you are carrying doesn't exceed a quantity they consider within their lawful guidelines. Keep this in mind, and try to only carry what you expect you'll need for your duration of stay.

Food poisoning and water safety in Uzbekistan

You should drink or use only boiled or bottled water, and avoid ice in drinks. Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases are prevalent, with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time.

After travel blogger Roobens spent three weeks in Uzbekistan on an overland trip from Europe to Southeast Asia, he says the only real "danger" is food. "Don't get me wrong, it's delicious. But numerous visitors (including me!) get travelers' diarrhea, and in some cases food poisoning – even if you take all the necessary precautions."

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