I see nothing much has been reported about the Uzbek embassy in Washington, D.C. in almost three years, so here is a detailed account of my recent experience applying for a tourism visa that I hope you will find helpful.
I am a U.S. citizen from Arizona but now living in Canada with a Canadian permanent address, so I sent my visa application from Toronto with Fedex.
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, I sent the Uzbek embassy a package containing: a completed visa application that’s available to fill in electronically and print from their website, two 45cm x 35cm passport photos (only one is required, but I had a spare and threw it in anyway), an international money order for $160 USD payable to the Embassy of Uzbekistan, a color copy of every page in my passport with personal information or stamps (not the blank pages), my physical passport, and a prepaid return envelope. I did not have an LOI.
In addition, I applied in January for a visa that starts in July and it was granted (21 days, single entry is what I asked for specifically). I was advised in an e-mail that, “You can apply now we will issue visa for July or any period of this year.” I’ve heard online that you cannot apply more than 90 days before you travel; this seems untrue as the above post also says. This rule may have been done away with.
When filling out my visa application, I put the Radisson Blu in Tashkent for “Address in Uzbekistan.” I’m not staying there, but they don’t seem to check that. For not applicable sections, I wrote “None” and where it asked for my inviting party, I put “Not required.”
I checked my visa status at (http://evisa.mfa.uz/evisa_en/
) by entering my passport number, seems to work well and be up to date. According to my Fedex tracking number, my package was signed for on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 18. The visa seems to have been issued from Washington with a Telex number on Wednesday, Jan. 24 (4-5 business days processing time). My passport was put in the mail about a week after the visa was issued and was back in my hands today (Wednesday, Jan. 31). Total processing time from drop off at Fedex to pick up: 10 business days, as advertised. I didn’t pay for expedited processing.
I routinely tried to contact both the embassy in Washington and the consulate in New York, and have found that only one email and one phone number work if you actually want an answer about anything: [email protected]
and (202) 887-5300 ext. 1. For detailed information if applying in Washington, check out: (https://www.uzbekistan.org/consular/