From Jalal Abad to Osh via AndijanUzbekistan

I got stopped by Uzbek borderguards.

On our way back from Jalal Abad to Osh our driver decided it would be faster to go through Uzbekistan. It would take use just about 30 minutes versus the nearly two hours on the mountain road. We thought there would be no issues since I did look Uzbek.

Our driver took us to the border near Jalal Abad. There, he paid a borderguard the equivalent of 1 USD to get us across the border. We followed the borderguard, by car, as he led us into Uzbekistan by a river that had no gates. This was my first, and last, time in Uzbekistan.

We passed many cotton fields and drove through Andijan. I was sittig in back but Angelina would not let me take many photos. It was not really legal to take pictures in Uzbekstan. I still got two.

Passing through Andijan, Uzbekistan, in Autumn, 1999.
We are passing through Andijan.
Cotton fields outside of Andijan, Uzbekstan.
Some cotton fields which Uzbekistan is famous for.

Got caught!

Yes, we got caught. Well, me at least. On the border with Osh, we had to give our documents. That is when they saw my US passport with Kyrgyzstani kartochka. They wondered how I got into the country that was heavily guarded. Thank God I was given Diplomatic Immunity by the Kyrgyzstani government that the kartochka gave me.

Anyway after 30 minutes of hassling, I had to register with the ethnic Russian borderguard. My driver told them he had no money but he promised to return later to pay them (He did not). From there they let us back into Kyrgyzstan. We never made that mistake again. The next trip back to Jalal Abad, we took the long country road.

I never visited Uzbekistan ever again. I can imagine feeling out a visa application to enter Uzbekistan. On the part where they asked if I entered Uzbekistan before, I would have to say yes since they recorded my visit. Then they probably want a copy of my visa which I did not have because I crossed "illegally". Better to not visit then.