The Uzbekistan tourist visa is issued for 7 days, 15 days or one month. Even though some tour companies (or even the embassy!) might tell you otherwise, the Uzbek visa is date-specific, meaning that entry and exit dates are set on the visa. It is possible to get a double entry Uzbek visa simply by paying 10$ extra.
Important: you cannot take more foreign currency out of the country than what you declared when you entered the country. You declare your money on a customs form. One copy for them, one for you. Make sure to get the copy for you, and don’t lose it. Otherwise, when you leave you will have to pay a bribe (10$ is reasonable).
Uzbekistan tourist visa
Citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand (we think), UK and USA do not need an letter of invitation to apply for their Uzbekistan tourist visa. Citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine have visa-free travel. All other nationals need a letter of invitation from a tour company.
On the LOI, you need to fill in hotels where you will be staying and places you will be visiting. However, you don’t need to stay there or visit those places if you change your mind.
Some tour companies state that you need to sign up for a tour with them to get a letter of invitation. Others do not.
Cost of the visa is 75$ for 1 month, double entry is 85$. Americans and Israelis pay 120$ to 140$, Japanese go for free.
A double-entry visa is also valid for 30 days. We’re not sure how this works (ask someone else), but it seems you can only stay 15 consecutive days in Uzbekistan on a double entry visa if you get it without LOI, but that you can stay as long as you want within the 30-day window, go out of the country and come back for the remaining time on your double entry tourist visa if you get it with LOI.
Normally you cannot apply more than 3 months in advance for your visa. On several occasions, though, we have heard of travelers getting a visa further in advance.
Uzbekistan visa on arrival
It is possible to get a visa on arrival in Uzbekistan, but only at the airport of Tashkent. Single or double entry is possible. There are several requirements though.
- You need to have a letter of invitation
- There is no Uzbek embassy in the country where you are coming from (where your airplane is coming from, not your country of residence)
When entering from a land border into Uzbekistan, visa on arrival is not possible.
Letter of invitation and travel agents
Uzbekistan letter of invitation (LOI)
Visa support can be issued by any tour company registered in Uzbekistan. See the full list over at the Uzbek travel agents page. The price for a letter of invitation, sourced directly from a tour operator in Uzbekistan will usually not vary so much, but shopping around can pay off.
Uzbekistan visa application on the road
In general, every Uzbek embassy has their own rules depending on the ambassador.
Uzbekistan embassy in Almaty Beribaev St., 36 +7-3272-91-02-35 Foreigners can apply from 2-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Come earlier to write your name on the list, or try to talk your way in at closing time. If you have a LOI, you can get the Uzbek visa the same day (express service 15 minutes). If you do not have a LOI (meaning, if you are from a country that does not need one), it will take much longer. 1 week? 10 days? 2 weeks? It depends. The express service only makes it go marginally quicker, apparently, so think before you pay.
For this reason, many travelers who don’t need the letter of invitation decide to get one anyway so as not to get stuck in Almaty too long. Make sure you have filled in the Uzbekistan visa application form (see below) beforehand, they are often not available at the embassy.
And CHECK YOUR VISA before you leave the embassy, mistakes are often made.
Uzbekistan embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Tynystanov St., 213 +996 312 66 20 65 Opening hours: 10am – 1pm Tuesday to Friday If you have an LOI, you can receive your visa on the spot (fill in your form before you come!). Without LOI, the process takes longer: from 3 days (urgent processing) to a week or more. Call in advance to make an appointment and before you pick up your visa to save time (no English spoken). You can keep your passport while processing if you ask nicely.
April 2013: Still up to date. 105$ without LOI 3 day urgent processing, 75$ with 40$ LOI 10 minute processing.
February 2013: 105$ without LOI in 4 days for British passport holder. Still unfriendly and efficient, but no more lists. You have to call for your appointment the next day after 14.00.
October 2012: still as written in your reports, the unfriendly lady who picked up the phone knew a little english.
October 2012: German passport, 55$ for 1 week visa, one week processing time without LOI.
September 2012: 1 week processing 75$ for German passport holders without LOI.
May 2012: 15$ for Japanese citizen, 75$ for British citizen, instant processing, pay in cash at the embassy.
Uzbekistan embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Location: embassy has moved – now near Rudaki Street. Heading north on Rudaki Street take first left after Hotel Tajikmatlunot (#47 in lonely planet Dushanbe map), embassy down on left (maybe 200m?). Consular hours 9-12 Monday to Friday.
July 2012: 100 meters down the road, on the left hand side, is a yellow 2 storey building that houses a small office that can help fill out the application forms (ANKETA) for a visa. You will need to bring one passport photo. The form filling costs 6 somoni and includes a photocopy of your passport face page and Tajik visa.
If you bring an LOI, a filled out application form + the photocopy of your passport/Tajik-visa (from the office mentioned above), you should be able to get your visa within 30 minutes or less, depending on the crowd inside. Costs for a 30 day single entry are 160USD for US citizens, and 75USD for Australians. I do not know about other nationalities but I expect Euros fall in the 75USD bracket.
June 2012: for UK national – applied without loi. 1 week processing, 1 month visa, $75 paid at embassy. Nice lady. Check dates as visa was valid from day of pick up rather than requested dates- was amended without problem. October 2011: Australian passport got 30-day visa for 75$, same-day processing.
Uzbekistan embassy in Istanbul Sehit Halil Ibrahim Caddesi, No 23 Istinye +90-212-323-20-37 Opening hours: 9-12am and 3-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On the spot delivery with LOI, without LOI takes 4 days. Same-day delivery for 30$ extra if you don’t have the LOI.
Uzbek embassy in Ankara
Address: Sancak Mah 211 Sok. No3, Cankaya, N39.87226 E032.86352. Embassy is open 1000-1700 BUT Visa application/Collection only on Mon/Wed/Fri.
To pay you need to visit the HSBC Bank near the Presidential Palace, not the small one around the corner! HSBC Bank is at: N39.88475 E032.85585
March 2013: British passport holders paid $80 USD for 1 month/multi-entry (even though we didn’t request it). $100 USD for 3 months. Applied on Tuesday filling out the form on-line and printing it. Picked up on Friday – 4 days processing with no LOI. Simple procedure with good English spoken and they took copies (supplied by us) of the passports during processing.
July 2012: Filled out online application form, printed it and lodged on monday along with 2 photos and copy of passport, collected Friday, passport not kept by embassy. Fee paid to bank 10 minute walk away return with receipt and hey presto. $80 without LOI for British national.
Uzbekistan embassy in Baku Opening hours 10:00 – 12:00, 15:00 – 17:00 Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Embassy a little difficult to find, the GPS coordinates are: 40.3513°N / 49.80493°E.
April 2013: 5 days for the visa, 30 days, 1 entry, 75$.
October 2012: friendly and reliable, 4 days, 75$/Person.
September 2012: 4 days, 75$ for French passport holder.
June 2012: Super professional guy!
Embassy of Uzbekistan in Beijing Address: The embassy is located opposite the German embassy. Opening hours: Monday 10 -12 Tuesday 9-11 Wednesday 9-11 Thursday closed Friday 9-11.
March 2012: When we got there we had to fill in their application form, LOI, 1 photo, we handed it in on friday and picked up our Passports on Monday. We paid 600 RMB in cash for 30 day single entry visa. We have Dutch and Spanish passports.
Embassy of Uzbekistan in Tehran Opening hours: Arrive between 9-11, best to get there before 9 to be at the front of the queue. Application form printed twice , 2 photos, photocopy of passport and LOI if you have one.
May 2012: Australian traveler received visa on the spot with a LOI for $75. For nations who do not require the LOI, the process seems to take 10 days.
Uzbekistan embassy in Bangkok From July 1st 2012, the embassy moved to Pathumwan, just behind the Vietnamese embassy, at this address:
83/4, Soi Vithayu 1, Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan District, Bangkok 10330 Their website says that the consulate section opening hours are 8:00 am – 5pm.
January 2013: New Zealand passport holder got visa same day for 2900 baht with advance contacting.
Story: “I didn’t have enough time in Bangkok to wait for standard or expedited processing. So the consulate was contacted by email, who requested LOI be forwarded electronically. That was done, along with e-visa application form and copy of passport front page. Few days later, the consulate replied requesting the visa be collected. When eventually arrived in Bangkok, the passport was dropped off in the morning 9am and picked up at 2pm for THB2900. The LOI took 3 weeks to come down, taking into account time for the agency to receive the money by telegraphic transfer, Xmas/NY holidays and actual processing time which was 6 working days. They even give you a filled out e-visa application form. If there is an e-visa application form, no re-filling of the consulate-specific application form is needed at Bangkok.”
Another January 2013 embassy report from Bangkok can be found in the comments.
June 2012: The consul is very friendly and a joy to deal with, and issues normally visas in 7 days from submission (I dropped application on Monday, go back next Monday). Double entry 1 month valid visa is 3300 bath. As an Italian, no LOI was needed, I brought one filled application form downloaded from their website, one picture, one copy of my passport. The consul got a phone number and said he would notify me of pick up times within the next 3 days… quite stunned about this service!
February 2012: If you do not come with an LOI in hand already, and you need one, the embassy will tell you to go through a travel agency in Bangkok, which all charge ridiculous amounts and require expensive hotel bookings as well. You can get an LOI from other agencies online just the same, and hotel bookings are not needed, so don’t go for that. It’s a 6-day waiting period to get the visa, but express service is available (3 working days recently). You can only pay in baht. Prices vary according to nationality. A range: 5320 baht for double-entry 30-day visa for an American, 2900 baht for 21 days for a Belgian.
Uzbekistan embassy in Tokyo
Adress: The Uzbek Consulate is located a few blocks from Fudomae station (past Meguro on the Namboku line). Consular hours: 10:30-13:00 for drop off, 16:00-17:30 for pickup. Telephone: +81 3-3760-5625
Cost for Americans: ¥16000 JPY for a 30 day tourist visa.
Uzbekistan embassy in Seoul
Address: Diplomatic Center #701, 1376-1, Seocho 2 Dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 02-574-6554 Fax: 02-578-0576 Opening hours: Monday 13-16h; Tuesday to Thursday 10-16h, Friday 10-13h
April 2013: Update from Seoul for a German passport: no LOI, just online form and passport copy needed, but 14 days waiting time.
April 2013: French passports, 30 day visa obtained immediately with LOI. English-speaking staff.
Uzbekistan embassy in Brussels February 2012: Quiet, relaxed embassy. 1-month visa cost 80 euros, with 6 days waiting period. You can get double entry for the same price. You need to pay by bank transfer and show the receipt when you pick up the visa, at which point the official starts filling in the visa.
Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington DC Last report we read, in March 2012, applying for a visa at the embassy in Washington by mail took 4 weeks.
Embassy of Uzbekistan in London March 2012: Applying by mail to the London embassy took 2 weeks for a British national who didn’t need a LOI, and 1 week for an Australian national who did need the LOI.
Registration in Uzbekistan
Theoretically, you need to be registered every night you stay in Uzbekistan. If police checks you and you are missing registration slips, you may have to pay a bribe. If you are staying in a hotel, registration is done for you free of charge. So, if you are camping or staying with a local, you will be missing some slips. You can say that you were traveling overnight in this time when asked by the police. The rule is that you can stay in an oblast for 3 nights/2 days without registering. This is just the rule though. Note that some hotels refuse to register you when you don’t have the registration slip of the previous night.
Also, hotels are scared to register you for nights when you are not staying there. The last person who tried it got deported. We don’t know what happened to their hosts, but it did not look good. The tour company that provided them with visa support also got into real trouble. So we advise you not to stay with locals, not for your own safety, but for that of the locals.
When leaving the country, travelers’ registrations are generally not checked, especially when flying out. This is not to say that you can’t be an exception. Be careful.
Visa requirements and visa extension
Uzbekistan visa application
For your Uzbekistan visa application you will need:
- your passport with 6 months validity after expiry of the visa and 2 empty pages
- a copy of your passport (you can keep your passport during processing)
- 1 filled-out Uzbekistan visa application form (download and print it from here)
- 2 passport pictures
- for a transit visa, proof of onward travel is needed
Extending Uzbekistan visa
You can get an Uzbek visa extension in Uzbekistan, but only once. 1 month is the maximum, although tour companies claim only 2 weeks are possible. The place to go is the OVIR office. A paper from Uzbek tourism may be necessary first, though. We’ve heard of people doing it without Uzbek tourism as well. Some tour companies claim you need an additional letter of invitation from them. As far as we know, this is not true.
Tashkent OVIR Tchehova street 22, Tashkent Tel.: +998 712 569586 or +998 712 569614
Cycle touring blog
Thorn tree forum
Ministry of Foreign affairs of Uzbekistan
United States bureau of consular affairs