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 compared with other parts of the country and all foreigners entering the Fergana Valley by road must register at a major roadblock west of the Kamchik tunnel separating the valley from Tashkent. Keep your passport at the ready, be agreeable when being questioned, and get a registration slip for each night you're in the valley.