Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tashkent

The government of Uzbekistan announced on January 10, 2022 that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Uzbekistan and that the government will reinforce public safety measures in order to decrease its spread, to include stricter enforcement of mask wearing, temperature checks and observance of social distance in public places.

Effective January 15, 2022, anyone arriving in Uzbekistan from abroad must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival. This will replace the existing requirement of a negative test taken within 72 hours of travel to Uzbekistan. Passengers should be prepared for airlines to enforce the new testing requirement when boarding flights to Uzbekistan. Anyone arriving at a port of entry in Uzbekistan without a negative PCR test will need to take an express test on arrival.

Actions to Take: 

  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Uzbekistan.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • All U.S. citizens should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
  • Refer to U.S. Embassy Tashkent’s website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, including testing requirements to return to the United States.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.