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I have been to UZ twice and the registration is a real pain in the ass. The first time I traveled to Uzbekistan, I collected all the registration slips and in the end nobody checked me.
But on my second visit (last summer) I did have some trouble with it. I collected registration slips and (overnight) traintickets, but during the last days I stayed in a village in the Nuratau mountains. There the lovely guesthouse couln't make a registration, simply because the closest OVIR is 50km away.
When I got to Tashkent my guesthouse asked me about previous registrations. The next day a police officer came down to check me up as well. I ended up having a discussion with the policeman for hours about the stupidity of the registration slips, but he persisted that I made a violation. He told me that they were extra strict, because it was a few days before the national holiday (1st september). And appearantly, in Tashkent they are much stricter than elsewhere. Luckily, the officer was actually quite helpful and he fixed the problem of the missing registration slips for me (without bribes or a fine), but I had wasted a whole afternoon talking about this stupid registration rules. I do speak Russian, so I think that quite helped in the end. And I travel on a Dutch passport by the way.
My advice is just to collect as many of those strips as possible (overnight trains also count). If you are camping, you can apply for a different visa (thats what the officer told me). That is especially for cyclists and then you don't need a registration for every single night (although you do need some proofs), but ask at the embassy. Do Ukrainian nationals need a visa for UZ by the way? If you don't need one, then I think the UZ authorities might be more flexible with former Soviet brothers. I think the procedures with the OVIR are really a hassle.
In any case, I think I was just a bit unlucky. But be especially careful before the national holiday and in Tashkent. In other cities they are more relaxed about it.
If you got any more questions feel free to ask.
In reply to the previous poster. I didn't encounter any people who 'sell' registrations and even if they do I am skeptical about the validity of them.
In case some official checks your registration, they most certainly will check the numbers on them as well (I am quite positive the policeman did so with mine).
If someone finds out that you are holding fake registrations (assuming those people sell fake ones), you will probably have more trouble than when your registration record misses a few days.
So be careful with that. Despite the annoying registration regulations, the Uzbek police are certainly not stupid!
from what I understand all travelers should try to have valid registration in Tashkent, but outside it might be a bit more relaxed? So I could try to couchsurf in all other cities, but Tashkent?
Does anybody have more information about the registration slips might be checked at borders?