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Fergana Valley

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Standards of dress are a potential source of misunderstanding in the valley. Except perhaps in the centre of Russified Fergana town, too much tourist flesh will be frowned upon, so dress modestly (ie no shorts or tight-fitting clothes). Women travellers have reported being harassed when walking alone in cities such as Andijon, especially at night.

Security is tight in the valley compared with other parts of the country and police road blocks are common. The police are friendly enough, just keep your passport at the ready and be agreeable when being questioned.