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Comprehensive registration at the border of Uzbekistan

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Visa to travel to Uzbekistan


The moment a lump in my throat came when they asked me to check the contents of my laptop, the camera, the memory cards, the flash drive ... that is, any device or accessory that may contain sensitive photos or videos at the discretion of the Government of Uzbekistan. It is not that I am a spy, but sometimes I am a moron, and in those moments I just wanted the earth to swallow me.

The reason is that in a folder I had pictures of the Tashkent Metro. And the problem is that these facilities for the transport of travelers are considered of military interest and it is forbidden to take pictures.

When the policeman who was examining my computer finds the photo folder, he goes to look for the Uzbekistan folder and starts looking at them one by one, my heart stopped. To add a clumsy fool, on the computer desk he had a photo of two police officers in Tashkent, at the gates of a Metro station.

They were on watch because there was one in the room, three hours looking at my photos and videos while other people - I was the only tourist - also registered all their belongings. In fact, of every five Uzbeks who passed before me, two they were taken to a separate room and frisked.

There were several moments when he said “Earth swallow me” because unlike David, who ended up naked at the border of Uruguay, I did have something to hide.

I have fifteen folders, one per day, from Uzbekistan and they went over them but they didn't do it in order and they skipped four ... and in one of them were the forbidden photos. I swear that for three hours I have not remembered to eat or go to the bathroom because I was surrounded by Uzbek police and military, being escorted to Tashkent. The Metro is no joke.

In the end they did not find more than that photo and two in the camera, but from the border very far away, and it was solved by deleting them and asking for the most sincere, and most distressed apologies, that I have said in a long time. Three hours, three hours knowing that it was only a matter of time before they stopped me.

Anyway, I am already in Dushanbe and there is no search and capture order on my head that I know of. Advice for travelers: if you are going to transgress a local law, it is better to make sure that you are able to get attached to the consequences.

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