I always take some money home as a souvenir. Uzbekistan seems to have very strict laws regarding cash export. Am I allowed to take some of their local currency out of the country?

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    I was there last year and left with a pocket full of loose soʻm as a souvenir for my son. At the control point they examined my entry declaration and tallied up my so'm (plus $, plus £) and it tallied up less than my declaration, no problem. Cash points are rare so bring your cash, preferably $ before you arrive. £ works also but not as good as $. – Gayot Fow May 21 '17 at 5:50
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    Hears where? There are laws about exporting foreign currency, not local. – JonathanReez May 21 '17 at 10:13

There is no prohibition, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Centre, regarding Uzbekistan Currency Export regulations:

Export allowed for non-residents:
- unlimited local currency (Uzbek Som-UZS);
- foreign currencies not exceeding amount declared upon arrival. Proof of lawful exchange into Uzbek Som is required from passengers spending more than USD 2,000.-. Passengers failing to submit this proof have to pay a fine of 30 percent of the amount imported.

  • I think with the current value of the Som (and their comparatively small denomination) , I can't really imagine it being practical to remove significant amounts of Som from Uzbekistan anyway. – zeocrash May 30 '17 at 15:05

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