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When visiting Uzbekistan, visitors should observe local manners, customs, and practices. Some of the most common courtesies and customs are the following.


General

  • Although handshakes are generally acceptable for both men and women, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by merely nodding and smiling.
  • A handshake should only be initiated by ladies. The traditional greeting or salam resembles a handshake with both hands or with right hand but without the grasp.
  • The right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects or persons.
  • The right hand is always used when eating with one's hand or giving and receiving objects.


When visiting Uzbek home

  • It is polite to call before visiting a home.
  • Shoes must always be removed when entering Uzbek home.
  • Tea is generally offered to guests. It is polite to accept.
  • The right hand is always used when eating with one's hand or giving and receiving objects.


At the sacred places like Mosques and Mausoleums

  • Shoes must be removed when entering.
  • Minimum of skin must be visible.
  • Women should cover their head with a cloth.
  • Taking photographs is usually permitted but always ask permission beforehand.
  • Being noisy is not acceptable.