You may bring foreign currency in any amount, either in cash or in traveller’s cheques. Both can be readily exchanged to Uzbek currency - Sum. Credit cards' acceptance is growing and they are ideal for emergency situations. National Bank of Uzbekistan (NBU) has the biggest network of branches in the country. You can withdraw your currency from credit cards and exchange traveller's cheques to dollars or sums at most of its branches. Other banks also have similar services and you may approach them at any time. If you need to have money wired to you, any bank can be used. When travelling for a long time, it is better to take sufficient sums. Most hotels, airports, and railway stations have money exchange counters.
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It's a good idea to bring a credit card as an emergency backup, though you should not rely on it completely to finance your trip as there are still limited number of places that accept them, thought the number is increasing. To get hard currency from credit cards, go to the closest bank that offers such services. Check our Banking section to find out more about which banks offer what services.
Major credit cards can be used for payment at top-end hotels and restaurants, central airline offices, and a few shops throughout the country. Visa is the most widely recognized brand, but others (MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, EuroCard) start being accepted also, thought they are not as popular. Cash advances against credit cards are possible for commissions of 1-3%.
International Money Transfers
Bank-to-bank wire transfers are possible through major banks. Commissions of 1-4% will apply. It can take one to five days. Western Union is the most widespread service for money transfer and has partners in almost all banks. It is the easiest way to send or receive money. Other companies include MoneyGram, Anelik, Contact, thought they do not have as many branches and may not be readily available.
Travellers cheques can now be cashed in all the major banks. American Express is the most widely recognized one. US dollar travellers cheques are the best cheques to bring. Commissions are 1-3%. You have an option to get money in dollars or in sums. To get hard currency from traveller's cheques, go to the closest bank that offers such services. Check our Banking section to find out more about which banks offer what services.