Tashkent Airport Reviews

AVERAGE RATING

         

1.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 10 user reviews

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Reviews from the Community

    • Guest
    • 7 helpful votes

    Not the kind of place you want to spend too long in!

             

    4.5.2018

    Pros: Small, easy to navigate

    Cons: Basically everything else

    This is the 3rd time I’ve flown to/from Tashkent in 18 months. It HAS, amazingly, improved since the Presidential Decree on 1st January 2018. This rendered filling out two customs forms arriving AND departing obsolete unless you are carrying more than $2000USD in cash. Before, one had to declare every last cent in every currency one had on them!

    Arrivals usually involve being bussed to the terminal, even off the flagship Tashkent-Moscow-Tashkent flights (although they do have air bridges for some flights), but as there are not THAT many flights, it’s often done fairly quickly (with a vast majority of people being Uzbeks or other former USSR country nationals). However, if one is collecting a PRE-ARRANGED visa on arrival (like I’ve done twice now), while this is possible, just bear in mind 2 things:

    1) IT MUST BE PAID FOR IN USD OR EUR! It’s possible CHF, JPY and GBP are also possible but I can’t confirm this. even RUB isn’t accepted and the currency exchange next to the visa on arrival desk ONLY takes USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, and CHF. No other currencies are accepted here but are in the arrivals hall.

    2) Don’t expect to be seen to quickly. This isn’t an overly common practice and even airport staff are not always sure about this. It’s possible that you could be the first off the plane yet the last to get to passport control. Patience is required here. Although the longest I’ve had to wait was around 1 hour (and this included the consular guy exchanging RUB for me in arrivals!)

    As there are now Red and Green customs channels, as long as you don’t have $2000USD+ on you in cash, you can go straight through to arrivals. DO NOT CHEAT THIS SYSTEM though! You may or may not also need to get your bags scanned upon exiting as well. This was customary for everyone before 1st January 2018.

    Expect to be greeted by a mob of (gypsy) taxi drivers outside the arrivals terminal. Russian/Uzbek is NECESSARY here, although you may hear some basic English words. It’s highly advisable to have an address/hotel etc written in Russian and Uzbek, even a prepared map of the place you want to go to in order to show the driver. But do expect to be overcharged…having said that, it’s often so cheap, overcharging most possibly wouldn’t even be an issue! $1USD = 8070UZS pegged. So bear this in mind.

    Departures is rather small, but one should show your passport and go through a body scanner outside the terminal before going upstairs and getting your bags scanned at the terminal entrance (a common practice in most ex USSR countries). This is all painless and nothing to be concerned about at all.

    Uzbekistan Airways doesn’t really have online check-in at all so checking in at the desk is pretty much compulsory. Other airlines like Aeroflot MAY have it for flights departing Tashkent, check with the airline. Expect check-in desks to be full of people with a LOT of baggage, which could be frustrating if you are a hand baggage only passenger like me. There is undeniably a lot of shoving, pushing in, etc and a self-entitled attitude amongst most people, but just bear with it, you will be seen to eventually. Although due to the sheer amount of luggage people bring, it is advisable to err on the side of caution and be there 3 hours before departure (there is NO check-in machines and check-in only opens 3 hours before departure)

    For those flying to Moscow – check the departure screens for the AIRLINE! For some reason, it doesn’t show which airport in Moscow the flight goes to and all just say simply ‘Moscow’. Airlines that do fly to/from Moscow:
    UTair goes to Vnukovo (VKO)
    Uzbekistan Airways goes to Domodedovo (DME)
    Aeroflot goes to Sheremetyevo (SVO)

    After checking in, one may or may not be asked to get their bags scanned AGAIN before passport control through smaller machines. At passport control, it’s reasonably painless and simple, but they do (mostly) require your accommodation vouchers, which can include overnight train tickets. Hotels/hostels provide this on checking out. According to my first experience in Uzbekistan (January 2017) where I went all over the country and had at least 6 pieces of paper showing where I stayed, passport control only took one or two. This is entirely pot luck and always better to be on the safe side here.

    After passport control, you get your boarding pass stamped (although with my most recent experience in May 2018, I was told by security to bypass this step due to issues with people in front of me) before going to the standard bag screening. Chances are you will be asked to take your shoes off as well.

    AT NO POINT HAVE I EVER BEEN ASKED FOR A BRIBE OF ANY SORT ON ANY OCCASION OF GOING THROUGH TASHKENT AIRPORT.

    Once inside the departures section, there is very little to see or do – a couple of boutiques, one main duty-free store, a couple of cafes/shops, only ONE place which serves hot food (literally, just one place…burgers and chips mostly), all of which now accept EUR, USD, GBP and UZS. Prior to 1st January 2018, only USD and EUR were accepted in the duty-free store. There is also a smoking area for smokers.

    There ARE charging points, but these may or may not work (some did in May 2018, some didn’t). Toilets are available, are Western style and work albeit not the cleanest of places. Wi-Fi also has been a complete and utter failure since January 2017. I wouldn’t expect this to work anytime soon.

    There are only 9 gates in the airport so you can imagine how small it is. Gates 8 and 9 most likely involve buses to the aircraft, others appear to be all airbridge connected. On both ends of the airport, the remaining gates are sealed off with doors where ticket agents check boarding passes, visas, passports etc before allowing people to the gate where people are then checked again. Expect this to be chaos!

    There isn’t really anywhere proper to sleep and given how busy it can get (for an airport of this size), I wouldn’t count on any quietness anywhere either.

    The domestic terminal is completely separate from the international terminal and requires a taxi ride of around 5000UZS (perhaps call it 8000 to be fair?) between the two, bear this in mind if making connecting flights. It is possible that flights which have a domestic stop on route (Uzbekistan Airways only from what I can see) may leave from the international terminal, but I can’t confirm this.

    Anyway, if one transits Tashkent, pray to god you don’t have to stay too long here!

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    • Guest
    • 5 helpful votes

    Tashkent International Terminal

             

    09.08.2016

    (Review by AeroNautique) International – The current facilities appear to be a marked improvement over those described by older reviews, I believe the current Interntional Terminal is a more recent construction. The Terminal itself the usual rectangular open-plan design, sparse but relatively clean. Having said that, the seats show much more wear & tear than would be considered acceptable at a western counterpart. It's not unpleasant but I would advise against sleeping overnight if possible, on the basis that there is really nowhere but the tile floor on which to rest…the existing seats have fixed arm-rests which preclude laying across them. One point to note – the bathroom facilities appear to be a considerable improvement over those described in older reviews, and whilst not spotless I would venture to say that they were cleaner than I usually find the bathrooms at the major Gulf Airports (Dubai etc). There is free WiFi but the signal is very localized…strongest about halfway towards each end of the terminal from where you exit security. It is extremely unreliable, be prepared for constant disconnects and speeds unsuitable for streaming or maintaining a good skype call. There are a couple of small Duty-Free stores with the usual fare and some locals trinkets, prices on par with what you'd pay elsewhere. A couple of food outlets are also located in the air-side area, not a lot of choice but certainly enough if you're only in transit for several hours. There are also charging stations available at several locations around the building for various mobile devices. Processes can be a little disorganized at times, but not too extreme…Tashkent is a little off the beaten track and these places tend to be a little less refined in their procedures but acceptable nonetheless. Security is thorough; shoes and belts off, all electronics out of bags etc. Boarding was via Airside-Bus, there aren't many gates…but this was no different to anywhere else, the Bus had good airconditioning and the ride was very short. Overall, not an unpleasant experience and vastly superior to what those before myself have written about (The older Terminal I believe) but you'll still need a little patience sometimes…and as mentioned above, I do NOT recommend overnighting.

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    • Guest
    • 2 helpful votes

    Immigration control

             

    06.02.2016

    (Review by jony) Terminal 1 – Immigration officers are rude to local citizens,they check the passport and air ticket who's flying international,and try to demand money illegally,

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    • Guest
    • 2 helpful votes

    No way

             

    02.09.2015

    Terrible to sleep in. Not very big but noisy, mostly because the staff will be chating and laughting loud all night long. Seats are hard and, at least when I was there, there was an important plague of cockroaches!

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    • Guest
    • 3 helpful votes

    Tashkent Airport

             

    XX.XX.XX

    This airport is one of Dante's circles of hell. The number one activity is waiting. Every step of the journey, from entering the airport, to checking in, to customs, to getting on the plane, to getting off the plane, passport control, and customs, involves waiting for interminable periods of times, usually in a large mass of people who are pushing and poking you from every angle. Then there is the Uzbek paperwork and the possibility of being pulled into the little room at customs on departure, to be checked for hidden money. The departure is bad, but it is the arrival that makes any resident of Tashkent tremble in fear. Getting out of the airport in an hour is something of a miracle – an event to be boasted about. It is not uncommon for it to take 2 hours to be processed, particularly if several flights have come in at the same time, and always at some ungodly hour of the night. The passport line is often just a mass of people, with everyone cutting in line. The baggage retrieval system is so slow that we suspect that they use donkeys to delivery the bags. And then, bags often arrive damaged. The worst, however, is the Uzbek market ladies, who check about 8 bags each. These women are responsible for the fact that there is no overhead bin space on any flight coming into Tashkent. They also apparently bribe the airlines to take their extra bags, meaning that other people's bags don't make it onto the plane. These women are aggressive in the customs line. They like to take their heavily loaded carts and use them as a battering ram to cut in line. Get stuck behind them in customs and be prepared to wait extra long, while the customs officials opens every one of their bags and then has to be bribed. Meanwhile, official delegations will cut in front of regular passengers, making it take even longer. I can't imagine anything worse than flying into Tashkent's airport.

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