The Uzbekistan tourist visa is issued for 7, 15 or 30 days. 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. You can enter after the visa entry date and leave before the exit date. It is possible to get a double entry visa simply by paying 10$ extra, but this is not a real double entry visa (see below).
Only citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine have visa-free travel.
In December 2016, it was announced that the visa-free regime would be expanded starting April 1, 2017. Citizens of Australia, Austria, Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore, Finland, Switzerland and Japan could enter the country without a visa for tourism purposes for up to 30 days.
Citizens aged 55 or over from Belgium, China, Czechia, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, United States and Vietnam could enter Uzbekistan without a visa for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. Tourists from all 27 countries would have to pay a $50 entrance fee.
Letter of invitation
Citizens of Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UK and USA do not need a letter of invitation to apply for their Uzbekistan tourist visa at the embassy. All other nationals need a letter of invitation from a tour company.
If you have a LOI, you can usually get the Uzbek visa the same day or the next day (see embassy reports for details of each embassy). If you do not have a LOI (meaning, if you are from a country that does not need one), it will take much longer. 1 week? 10 days? 2 weeks? It depends on your embassy (again, see below for reports).
For this reason, many travelers who don’t need the letter of invitation decide to get one anyway so as not to get stuck too long if they are applying on the road. It is also possible to apply in one embassy and pick it up in another one – this is another option to avoid long delays. When picking up the visa in the second embassy, you will have to fill out the application form again. Don’t worry, you are not starting the procedure again, you will get your visa the same day. They just need the paper.
For important info when entering Uzbekistan, see Uzbekistan border crossings.
Overstaying & non-tourist purposes
Overstaying your Uzbek visa: please, please don’t do it. When overstaying, you get the choice between being deported, in which case you will be locked up for a few days while waiting for your court case, or paying a 1000$ fine. If you decide to get deported, the agency who sold you your LOI will have to pay the 1000$ fine for you and might have to close its doors. People lose their jobs and livelihoods.
Overstaying without a LOI: we are not that worried, that is your problem alone 🙂
Uzbekistan tourist visa
Cost of the visa is around 90$ for 1 month, double entry is 10$ extra. Americans and Israelis pay 120$ to 165$, Japanese go for free. Attention! A double-entry visa is not valid for 30 days. It is actually 2 back-to-back 15-day visas.
It is possible to get a 30-day visa valid within a 60-day timeframe. Ask your consul and say that you are cycling for increased success rates.
Normally you cannot apply more than 3 months in advance for your visa. On several occasions, though, we have heard of travelers getting a visa further in advance. It is also possible to apply for a visa in one embassy, and pick it up in another one, like with the Turkmen visa. So far, we have heard of people applying in Istanbul with pick up in Tehran successfully.
Another exception for exceptional travelers: 2 visas! You will still have to exit the country, but you can get 2 visas at the same time (useful for walkers). For the exceptional price of 500$.
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.
A transit visa for Uzbekistan allows you to stay in the country for maximum 2 times 3 days. No LOI is needed. Besides other documents, to apply you will need a visa for your onward destination (or need to explain you do not need such a visa). You do not need a visa from the country you are coming from.
Uzbekistan letter of invitation (LOI)
Visa support can be issued by any tour company registered in Uzbekistan. You can contact a reliable Uzbek travel agency through our contact form to get an Uzbek LOI.
Registration in Uzbekistan
When travelling in Uzbekistan, you need to be registered by hotels or other licensed places to stay. If you fail to do so, you might have to pay a fine or a bribe. Read all about it: Registration in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan visa application
It is possible to apply in 1 embassy and pick up your visa in another embassy. Note that you will need to fill out the application again when picking up your visa. Paperwork is the backbone of any stifling dictatorship worth its salt.
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
February 2015: Extending your visa is no longer possible in Uzbekistan, according to one Uzbek travel agent.
Before: 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.
Tchehova street 22, Tashkent
Tel.: +998 712 569586 or +998 712 569614
If you have an LOI, you can usually get the Uzbek visa the same day or the next day (see embassy reports for details of each embassy). 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 on your embassy (again, see below for reports).
For this reason, many travelers who don’t need the letter of invitation decide to get one anyway so as not to get stuck too long if they are applying on the road. Another option might be, like with the Turkmen visa, to apply in one embassy and pick it up in another one. This is not common, but it might be an option. 2 Czech travelers applied in Istanbul and picked up in Tehran.
Baribayev St., 36
Foreigners can apply from 3-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Come earlier to write your name on the list, or try to talk your way in at closing time. It gets crowded, so make use of your foreigner privilege to skip the line. CHECK YOUR VISA before you leave the embassy, mistakes are sometimes made. It takes around 3 hours to collect your visa with LOI. Without LOI, 2 weeks is standard, but recently people have been able to get it in 1 week, and even same-day with express procedure has been rumoured. Updates collected here.
2015-2016: As before; painless procedure. Payment needs to be made at Centercredit bank nearby.
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. Updates posted here.
January 2017: Without LOI, it takes 8 days.
February 2015: with LOI, you get the visa same day.
September 2014: Smooth as before, but payment is now at Akbank, with a Turkish chaperone.
May 2013: Super-friendly guy; no English. Applied Monday, was told it could take up to a week (without LOI). I asked if they could have it ready by Friday and they said that they’d try their best. Called me on Thursday at 8pm to say it was ready. $160, no visa support for American passport. You can pay at the local HSBC branch if you (or a friend or random Turkish stranger) can supply the bank with a Turkish ID number; otherwise you can make a direct deposit at the branch by Atakule.
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. $80 without LOI for British national.
July 2015: arrived at 0900 and very busy outside Embassy, but were taken straight in for a new visa. The nice man just wrote the new dates we wanted on our original visa, stamped it and didn’t take any money! No problems at the border with the handwritten changes.
Opening hours 10:00 – 12:00, 15:00 – 17:00 Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Embassy a little difficult to find, the GPS coordinates are: 40.3513°N / 49.80493°E. Find a route description here.
2013 -2016: Uzbek embassy opening hours are flexible. Technically 10-12. Embassy staff helpful and spoke English. Check how long you can get as sometimes longer than 30 days window frame is possible if requested. If applying with LOI, same-day process. Without LOI, 7-8 days processing (be insisting!). 75$.
Bank is International Bank of Azerbaijan, 67 Nizami Street, account AZ90IBAZ390200384094 26916120. IBA is next to German embassy just behind fountain square. There is free coffee and cold water in the bank and plush toilets on the first floor!
January 2015: 1 week processing without LOI, but consul only gave 28 days instead of 30. Very rude.
June 2014: 30 day double entry tourist visa $85. Same day with LOI.
April 2013: 5 days for the visa without LOI, 30 days, 1 entry, 75$.
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
Consulate section opening hours are 10 – 12 and 15 – 17 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
September 2014: 8 days processing without LOI, can keep passport.
Address: The embassy is located opposite the German embassy. Opening hours: Mo-wed-fri 9 -1pm Tuesday 11-12, Thursday closed.
March 2014: French passport holder got a visa in 5 working days (applied on monday, got it the next one), applied without LOI. The staff asked for a letter from work. I told him I worked as a free lance (which is more or less true) and that I’m travelling for a year right now and want to travel the silk road to go home (I show him the stamps and visa on my passport), he then let me apply. It cost 600 RMB for a 30 days visa.
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.
Standard procedure. Updates posted here.
New address, no longer on Tynystanov street! It’s in the South of town, on Mira Prospekt, next to the Oxford International School, very close to the Kazakh embassy. The entrance is via a gated residential area, to the right of the campus entrance.
Then you walk to the left down a small street and the embassy is there, signed in Russian. It looks brand new. There’s a seating area to wait in a small courtyard, then you go in through the door when called. (GPS 42.833194, 74.583846). The bank to pay the fee is the KICB bank on nearby Akhunbayeva street (map). tel: +996 312 66 30 78, +996 312 662 065
Opening hours: 10am – 1pm Monday to Friday. The bank to pay is KICB at the corner of Zhukeev Pudovkin Street and Aaly Tokombaev Street. GPS 42.826648 74.613847
The vicious power-happy sociopathic nightmare who was previously working here seems to have left (to hell, presumably). The new embassy workers speak English and are, if not friendly, at least correct. The appointment system is still in existence (call the number to fix a date) but it seems to matter little as everyone’s appointment is now at 10am and people without appointment also just get in line. Best to just get there early.
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: around 1 week.
There is in effect no urgent processing. But if you tick the urgent box, then you will pay twice the fee and will receive a visa in the same time as anyone else. You can keep your passport while processing if you ask nicely. Need copy of Kyrgyz entry stamp and first page of passport as well as passport pictures and entry form filled in. Use Opera browser if the online form for visa application does not work. Updates collected here.
Opening hours 10.00 – 13.00 Monday – Friday. Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 99.
January 2015: 30 day visa, 80 euros. Gave extra 15 day window to take up the 30 days without asking for it. Relaxed consul, prefers French, Russian. 10 day turnaround for application without LOI. Payed in cash on receipt of the visa. Also answers the telephone!
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.
Open 9-12 Sun, Tues, Thurs.
Consulate of Uzbekistan in Dubai locates in the “embassies area”, about 500m from Bur Juman metro station. Taxi drivers know the area. Next to consulate of Libya and right in front of the Lebanon Consulate. Currently open Mo, Th and Saturday from 9 to 12. They accept USD, but dirhams are preferred.
April 2016: 278 Dirhams by cash only for 2 weeks, ready in 7 days on express service without invitation letter (more than double time on normal service)
February 2015: Turned up at 8.55, was in at 9, handed over LoI, completed application form, 2 passport pics and 315 dirhams (US $86). Visa was in passport 40 mins later.
March 2014: Gets quite busy, so better to come early. With LOI, tourist visa took 2 hours. Cost 315 dirhams. Staff speak English. If you are polite they tend to reply the same way.
Address: embassy has moved – now near Rudaki Street (map). Heading north on Rudaki Street take first left after Hotel Tajikmatlunot, embassy down 200m on the left.
Consular hours 9-12 Monday to Friday.
Updates collected here. It’s always very busy in Dushanbe. Try to use your foreigner privilege if you can to skip the line.
2016: All seems normal, on the spot with LOI, otherwise count on 1 week processing. Latest reports tend to indicate a longer waiting time without LOI but no indication on exactly how long.
2015: Dushanbe tends to ignore what you write on your application and give you less days or lets the visa start from the date of application. Not recommended. They also tend to say you need a LOI even if you don’t need one. Stand your ground, they will let you have it without.
November 2012 – December 2014 (stable embassy): With LOI, it takes between 2 minutes and 2 hours to get the visa. Without LOI, 5 days processing is usual. It seems they process foreigners last. You keep your passport, no English spoken.
April 2016: Applied by post from Switzerland. Took 16 days without LOI.
Newest address: No. 8, Lale sk, Levent, Istanbul 34330 (map).
Old new address: Levent Mahalessi, Levent Cadessi, Lale Sokak 8, Besiktas: 5 min walk from Levent Metro station. Tel 0212-323-20-37. Older address: Sehit Halil Ibrahim Caddesi, No 23 Istinye, (+90) 212 229 00 75
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-12. Visa processing starts at 11. Updates can be posted here.
Standard procedure: same day or 1 day turnaround with LOI, 2 weeks waiting without LOI. Payment at Akbank 5 min walk away where there is a 5TL transaction fee. You can pay in advance if you know how much (nearby TEB bank ATM dispenses dollars). Urgent processing is 30$ extra but seems to have no effect.
Kuala Lumpur embassy
June 2016: Application without LOI was 1 week, you get to keep your passport, have to pay in MYR at local bank. Bring:
– 2 passport photos
– printed and completed form (http://www.uzbekembassy.com.my/picture/viza.pdf)
– scan of EVERY page of your passport
– a print out of your proposed route through UZ
– confirmation of where you’re staying (hotels)
– actual passport (you’ll be able to keep it through the wait period, luckily)
Updates posted here. Note that the Uzbek, Mongolian and Iranian embassies are all within easy walking distance of each other.
July 2016: Applied with LOI. Sent by mail from Ireland, received it back in 2 days!
June 2016: With LOI, visa was issued by the time I got back from the bank for an extra 15 GBP for priority processing.
June 2016: Posted my passport and got it back 2 weeks later, no LOI. E-mailed a screenshot of online payment. 60 GBP.
August 2015: Transit visa took 2 weeks to issue without LOI.
July 2015: With LOI, embassy issued 30 day (fixed dates) visa within 5 days. Small office and sometimes a long wait. Payment in Barclays branch at your leisure. I think visa was £55.
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.
April 2015: Easy, 1 week turnaround.
New York consulate
May 2016: 2 Canadians. No problem at all. The passports were sent on Monday night by Fedex and we got them back Thursday morning of the same week. 90$US for a double entry 30-day visa. Only one bank draft with the total of 180$US was asked. Of course, we submitted an LOI and a printed copy of the forms that you can find online on the embassy’s website.
July 2015: I can report that the process of getting our Uzbekistan visas from the New York consulate was quick and painless. We didn’t have an LOI, and we received our visas in less than two weeks from mailing our documents. The embassy site lists a turnaround time of two weeks, so it was a nice surprise to get them a few days earlier than expected. Another nice thing about this consulate is that they let us specify an entry date 4 months in the future.
April 2014: 30 day, single-entry tourist visa given on the spot for US passport holder with LOI cost 175$ converted into rubles.
Address: Room 801, #258, Wu Song Road, Shanghai, China, 200080.
May 2016: You can e-mail them the online form and a copy of your passport. Once approved, visa is made in 1 hour. Extra copy of the application form though and two passport photos is needed. Express 7 day visa cost 600 RMB – UK citizens. Normal cost is 300 RMB I think – we needed our passport for other visas. Keep persevering on the telephone number – it took us 2 weeks to get an answer!
July 2016: Very straightforward and hassle free. Open mornings only. I called ahead to enquire about opening hours and required docs. I (Swiss passport) brought along: Original passport, 2 passport photos, print out of the evisa application. I then had to go to a bank about 15mins walk away, pay the fee (85USD for double entry, 30 days) and e-mail a scan of the receipt. I dropped the docs off on Wednesday and the visa was ready for collection on the following Monday.
Address: N10, Park 4 Dead End – Telephone: (021)222 915 19 or 021 222 99 780 – GPS N35 48.267 E51 28.534. It is a small street, going south from Aqdasiyeh street. Take the metro up to Ghetarieh, at the metro exit turn right and take the large avenue on your right, a bit further on this avenue take a bus asking the driver if it stops at the Farmanieh – Pasdaran crossroad, then walk up for 10 minutes and look for a small parking-like square where is a white building. Not far from the Chinese embassy.
Opening hours 9 – 11 from Sunday to Thursday (often closed on Sunday though), best to get there before 9 to be at the front of the queue, or rather late (it seems no one gets left at the gate).
Application form printed twice, 2 photos, photocopy of passport and LOI if you have one (If you don’t have an LOI, you will need a letter from your embassy). You can change the dates of entry and exit when you come to pick up your visa, as long as it’s within the validity period of your LOI. You do not pay when applying, you do not leave your passport.
If you have a LOI, you will get the visa on the spot, otherwise it takes 8 to 10 working days. Pay in USD. Have a passport copy. Glue your pics onto the application. Print 2 copies of your application. You can skip the line as a tourist. Go up the stairs to the first floor. There’s the counter and the door. The consul will open the door every 3-5 minutes. Show your face. There’s no longer the famous ‘list’ were you write your name down so do make sure you go upstairs and not stand waiting outside on the street.
July 2015: As before.
March 2015: Same as in February.
February 2015: You can pay in cash on receipt.
December 2014: With LOI on the spot, without LOI 8-10 working days urgent, normal prices. Not a good place to apply for transit visa.
April 2014: No need for a letter of your embassy if you have an LOI. If you don’t have an LOI, you will need a letter from your embassy.
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.
Address: Diplomatic Center #701, 1376-1, Seocho 2 Dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, Korea
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.
Washington DC embassy
July 2015: I just received my visa to Uzbekistan from the Washington DC consulate. I sent my application by mail from my home in Florida. The package arrived at the consulate in Washington yesterday. Much to my surprise, my passport, with the visa, arrived back at my home in Florida before noon TODAY. I was floored. Washington is 1600 kilometers from where I live, and the package didn’t arrive until noon yesterday in Washington. The consulate must have received it, processed my application, and mailed it out the SAME day. This is incredible service for any for-profit company—much less an consulate! I did not request expedited service…I was expecting to receive the visa in about two weeks. I did have an LOI just to be safe.
March 2012: applying for a visa at the embassy in Washington by mail took 4 weeks.