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Uzbekistan takes additional measures on entry to the country: express testing at the airports becomes mandatory
17 January 2022
Uzbekistan takes additional measures on entry to the country: express testing at the airports becomes mandatory

Due to the latest situation in the country related to the pandemic, Uzbekistan took additional measures to 48-hour PCR testing requirement prior to arrival for international travelers. Thus, mandatory testing for coronavirus has been introduced at airports in Uzbekistan for all passengers.

According to the decision of the Special Commission of Uzbekistan, mandatory testing applies only to those arriving in Uzbekistan from all over the world.

New protocol has been adapted by the Special Republican Commission dated January 11, 2022 on fighting against COVID-19. The new document has been signed due to the increase in the number of detected cases of coronavirus, particularly of the Omicron variant in Uzbekistan, with the aim of strengthening quarantine measures in Uzbekistan.

Starting 15 January, the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan, together with the Service for Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of Uzbekistan, organized express testing points in the arrival halls of all international airports in Uzbekistan.

All arriving citizens will be required to undergo express testing for coronavirus in addition to providing a negative PCR test result made 48 hours prior to arrival to Uzbekistan. The cost of the express test has been set as 5 US dollars per person. The payment is made in Uzbek soums as per the exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Students with a student ID card receive a 50% discount. People with disabilities of groups I and II are provided the tests for free of charge. Children under the age of two do not need to be tested for COVID-19.

The tests will be carried out by the Central Laboratory of the State Customs Committee. All airports have special zones for express testing, strain barriers are installed. There are terminals for accepting card payments, ATMs for cash withdrawal and currency exchange points. Based on the capabilities of airports, testing zones are organized before or after passing through passport control.

Having paid and received a receipt, the passenger is sent directly for express testing, after which a barcode is stamped on a passenger’s passport. It takes about 15 minutes to get the test results. During this time, the passenger can have time to get luggage and go through customs control. Upon exiting the terminal, the barcode is scanned and the passenger receives the result of a rapid coronavirus test. In case of a positive test result, the passenger will be sent to self-isolation.

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