The infrastructure of Taskent International airport is good, the staff are not. Expect pointless bureaucracy and an unhelpful attitude from most of them. Baggage claim and customs procedures can be time consuming - allow two hours.
When entering the Republic of Uzbekistan, passengers fill out a customs declaration Form T-6, which is available in each country's airports or given to you on board.
All valuable items such as jewellery, cameras and computers better to be declared on arrival. Don't worry there are no restrictions, this is just to guarantee, that there are no problems on departure.
Below is an example how to fill the declaration form out:
The following goods may be imported into Uzbekistan by visitors over 16 yrs without incurring customs duty:
1000 cigarettes or 1kg of tobacco products; 1.5l of alcoholic beverages and 2l of wine; a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use; other goods for personal use up to a value of US$10,000.
Firearms, ammunition, drugs, photographs and printed matter directed against the country, live animals (without special permit) and fruit or vegetables.
Items more than 100 years old and those of special cultural importance require special permission for export. When buying items that may be more than 100 years old, ask for a certificate stating the age of the item(s). Precious metals, stones, furs, arms and ammunition, antiquities and art objects (subject to duty and special permit from the Ministry of Culture) are also prohibited.
For this reason, when you buy handmade carpets it requires a certificate from the seller that states that it is not too old for permission to export, even if it is a new item.
Tashkent International Airport
Airport is in the south of the city, about 8 km from the centre. The Domestic airport is on a left side and 2 min walk from International one.
Below is the scheme of arrival terminal of Tashkent International airport:
Tashkent International Airport - Basic custom rules
Visitors coming to Uzbekistan and residents of the Republic of Uzbekistan may bring into the country the following:
foreign currency unlimited amount, must be declared on the T-6 form. At the request of a resident or a non-resident foreign currency can be accepted for safe keeping with issuance of TC-21 receipt, with no fee charged;
consumer goods for personal use with a total value of no more than the amount equivalent to USD50, without customs duties, if these goods are brought from the territory of a neighboring country;
goods for personal use with a total value of no more than the amount equivalent to USD1000, without of customs duties (VAT, customs duty and customs clearing) if these goods are brought from the territories of non-neighboring countries;
goods for personal use subject to the payment of excise tax, within the amounts permitted into the country without the payment of such tax, if brought from the territories of non-neighboring countries (the upper limits on the goods exempted from the payment of the excise tax, brought in by physical persons, are specified by the laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan).
It is forbidden to bring into the Republic of Uzbekistan:
publications, manuscripts, cliches, drawing, photographic film, negatives, films, video and audio tapes as well as recordings and other audio materials aiming to undermine the country's state sovereignty, and advocating war, terrorism, violence, national exclusiveness and religious hatred, racism and its forms (anti semitism, fascism) as well as pornographic materials.
narcotic drugs, psycho-tropic substances and their precursors without a permit of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
rare and endangered species of animals as well as varieties of flora which are registered in the Red Data Book, including decorative plants without a permit of the State Committee for the Protection of Nature of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
jewellery made of precious metals and stones for commercial purposes without a licence issued by the agency for Foreign Economic Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan (the amount of jewellery from precious metals and stones a physical person may bring into the country exempted from the payment of customs duties is 5 pieces with a total weight of no more than 30 grams);
medicines and medical equipment without a permit of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
radio-electronic devices from high-frequency appliances without a permit of the Ministry of Communications of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
vegetative and animal products without permit of the Sanitary-Epidemiological Service;
ozone-depleting substances and products without a permit of the State Committee for the Protection of Nature of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
In case of person brings in goods for commercial activity he/she must be registered as a self-employed businessmen having a right of export and import operations.
It is forbidden to take out of the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan:
grain namely wheat, rye, barley, oats, maize, buckwheat, bread (except confectionery, pastries and biscuits which are home made), flour, cereals, livestock, poultry, meat sub-products, dehydrated milk, raw and fermented tea, sugar and vegetable oils (the maximum limits on such goods that may be taken by physical persons out of the country are specified by the laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan);
ethyl alcohol, raw hides (including sub-standard ones) and furs including karakul-sheep pelts (including sub-standard ones); non-ferrous metal scrap and wastes; silk-worm cocoons fit, raw (non-sewing) silk, silk wastes (including silk-worm cocoons unfit for unreeling, cocoon thread wastes and loosened wastes) as well as the above mentioned products, substances and means forbidden for entry into the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Taking foreign currency out of the Republic of Uzbekistan:
Residents are permitted to:
take out an amount equivalent up to USD2000 without a bank permit;
take out an amount equivalent from USD2000 up to USD5000 with a permit issued by Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan or any authorized bank according Form N 09006;
take out an amount equivalent to over USD5000 with a permit issued by Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan according Form N 09006-1;
Non-residents are permitted to:
take out foreign currency within the amounts stated in the customs declaration at the time of entry. Non-residents may take out foreign currency in amounts exceeding the amount stated in the customs declarations at the moment of entry into Republic of Uzbekistan, with the permit of Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan or authorized banks.
Assignment of a permit to another person based on a notarized power-of-attorney is not permitted.
Any failure to indicate amounts of foreign currency, goods and material values as well as any other items of the customs declaration and to represent them to a customs inspector in case of oral inquiry is violation of the customs law. In the event of violation of customs laws and regulations, the protocol shall be done in accordance with the Customs Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan.