|Uzbekistan Customs Declaration Form|
The Questions The Customs Officers Ask
While leaving Tashkent, the Customs officer found a gold plated Buddha coin in my wallet. It was just gold-plated, not real gold but I had to convince that officer that the value of the coin was only 10 Singapore Dollars. He opened all my bags and asked about what all I was carrying in those bags. Fortunately, there was nothing that I was not supposed to carry. Later in this page, I will give a list of prohibited items, that are prohibited for import in to or export from Uzbekistan. Do read that part.
The Customs Declaration Form
(i) Declaration should be filled by a per son aged 16 years or more
(ii) Necessary answer should be marked in the corresponding box as 'X'
(iii) It is recommended to keep the declaration for the period of entry / departure to / from the Republic of Uzbekistan
1. Information of the person
(a) Surname / Name
(b) Date of birth: Day / Month / Year
(c) Sex: Male / Female
(d) Series and number of Passport / Country of Residence / Citizenship
(e) Accompanying children under 16: Yes / No. If yes, number of children
2. Type of Movement
(a) Entry or Departure (choose one)
(b) Which Country Arrived From (Country of Departure)
(c) Direct to what country (Country of Destination)
(Tips for filling up point number 2)
(a) At the time of arriving in to Uzbekistan, you will put a cross in front of the word "Entry" and at the time of leaving Uzbekistan, you will put a cross in front of "Departure"
(b) When arriving into Uzbekistan, write the name of the country from where you started the travel. For example, if you took the flight to Tashkent from India, the "Country you arrived from" will be India and country of destination will be Uzbekistan
(c) When leaving Uzbekistan, write Uzbekistan as the country of departure. Write the name of the country of your final destination (Ignore any transit airports on the way) in front of "Direct to what country". For example, if you are taking a flight to your country that goes via Almaty International Airport and you will not leave the transit area of Almaty International Airport, the country of destination will be your country and not Kazakhstan.
3. Purpose of Travel
Put a cross in the appropriate box: Service / Study / Job / Tourism / Visiting Relatives / Treatment / Permanent Residence / Commerce
4. Information on Baggage's availability: Yes or No
(If you are carrying any bags, checked or cabin? The answer will be Yes for most people.)
5. Information on availability and amount of national cash currency of Republic of Uzbekistan, foreign cash currency, currency values, quantity of goods, from precious metals, and precious stones, in any type and condition:
(a) In the first part of this, you need to declare any Uzbekistan Som or the currency of any country in the world. Only three rows are available in the form for filling up currency details so do not carry more than three currencies. If you are not a resident of Uzbekistan, the currency best carried while visiting Uzbekistan is US Dollar. It is better to change your home currency to USD before travelling to USD because USD will get best value in this country. Please read this article of mine for Guidance: Best Money Exchange Rates in Uzbekistan.
The following details of currencies carried into Uzbekistan need to be filled up: Name of the currency and its quantity in numbers and words.
Important: Please make sure that the amount of any foreign currency that you declare in this form while arriving in to Uzbekistan does not increase while leaving Uzbekistan. It is OK to enter with 1000 USD and leave with 500 USD but not the other way round.
(b) In this part you need to declare any goods from precious metals and precious stones in any type and condition
6. This part of the declaration does not appear to be for tourists as long as they do not import any prohibited goods, anything that requires a license, or exceed the amount of duty free import allowed for tourists. You will read about these restricted items, licensed items and duty free limits later in this page. The other thing that part 6 of the form has space for is means of transportation, its registration number, etc. I guess that is required if one is entering Uzbekistan in a car, via a land border crossing. For air passengers, the transportation need not be mentioned.
Restrictions / Limits, and Reporting of Import / Export of Goods & Currency, and Prohibited Items for Import & Export
The backside of the Customs declaration form contains this information. I will reproduce the same here for your benefit:
1. List of Goods Forbidden For Import Into the Territory of The Republic of Uzbekistan
(a) Narcotics, psychotropic substances, and precursors;
(b) mass media works, manuscripts, cliche, drawings, pictures, photos, films, negatives, cinema, video and audio products, gramophone recordings, sound materials intended for disruption of the political and social order, violation of the territorial integrity, political independence and the state sovereignty, propaganda of war, terrorism, violence, cruelty, nationalism and religious hatred, extremism, separatism, fundamentalism, racism and its versions (anti-Semitism, fascism), and also pornographic materials;
(c) portable laser emitters;
(d) explosive and pyrotechnic materials;
(e) unmanned aerial vehicles.
2. List of Goods Forbidden For Export From the Territory of The Republic of Uzbekistan
(a) Narcotics, psychotropic substances and precursors;
(b) Grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats, rice, corn, buckwheat), bakery products (except flour, confectionery, cakes, biscuits, rusks, toasted bread, and similar toasted products of domestic manufacture), flour, grain, cattle, poultry, meat and foody meat by-products, foody by-products of poultry except chicken feet, sugar, vegetable oils, raw stock (including non-standard), fur raw materials, also astrakhan (including non-standard), scrap and waste of non-ferrous metals, the cocoons of silkworms suitable for unwinding, raw silk (non-twisted), waste silk (including the cocoons not suitable for unwinding, waste of cocoon filament loosened waste), waste and scraps from PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), and also biological objects which aren't subject to export from the republic according to the statutory list.
3. List of Goods Requiring Licenses of Authorised Bodies
Movement through Customs border of the Republic of Uzbekistan of weapons, ammunition, objects of flora and fauna, radio electronic means and high-frequency devices, antiques and art (pictures, sculptures, national art-crafts, etc.), allowed under an appropriate permission of the authorised bodies obliging to indicate in the declaration.
4. Order of Import and Export of National Cash Currency of the Republic of Uzbekistan
National cash currency of the Republic of Uzbekistan, over 5 minimum salary rates, moving by residents and non-residents through Customs border of the Republic of Uzbekistan is subject to declaring to the Customs with obligatory indication in the declaration.
Import and Export of national cash currency of the Republic of Uzbekistan by residents and non-residents is allowed within the sum not exceeding 50 minimum salary rates.
5. Order of Import and Export of Foreign Cash Currency
Foreign cash currency moving by residents and non-residents through Customs border of the Republic of Uzbekistan is subject to declaring to the Customs with obligatory indication in the declaration regardless of the sum. Export of foreign cash currency by non-residents is allowed in frames of an amount imported to Uzbekistan according to the declaration.
6. Limits of Duty Free Import to the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan and export from the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan by residents and non-residents
Limit of duty free import of goods for personal needs by residents and non-residents is:
10 US Dollars - for consumer goods imported from the territory of adjacent states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan);
1000 US Dollars - for goods imported from the territory of non-adjacent states (except goods imported for commercial purposes).
Information on goods indicated in points 1, 2, 3 of this instruction and also exceeding limits of duty free import is obligatory subject to be indicated in point 6 of declaration. Information on the national currency of the Republic of Uzbekistan, foreign cash currency, currency values, goods from precious metals and precious stones in any type and condition, as well as goods not covered by the points 5 and 6 of the declaration, should be indicated in point number 5 and 6 of additional similar declaration which is attached to the basic list of declaration. In this case, points 1 to 4 of additional form are not to be filled. What this means is that if the space for making declaration is not sufficient in the first form of declaration, just attach another similar declaration form and complete your declaration of goods and currencies. The points numbers 1 to 4 need not be filled in the additional forms.
Again, do not forget to fill up declaration forms in duplicate, obtain a signed copy from the Customs officer and keep the copy with you at all times. You will need to show this signed copy to the Customs officer at the time of leaving the country.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|