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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby aaronfreed » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:16 am

by international bilateral agreement between uzbekistan and the united states, americans seeking tourist visa do NOT require letters of invitation. however, the uzbek consulate in bishkek is requiring them. though it took me an extra week (and three weeks all told), i succeeded in forcing them to comply. unfortunately, it appears that they didn't learn their lesson and are continuing to require letters of invitation.

incidentally, the petty tyrant who mans the front desk and (sometimes) answers the phone, does in fact speak english.

if you require fodder to make your case, you can contact the us embassy in tashkent. they will make it clear that they cannot provide direct assistance with your personal visa (duh) but you can press them to provide indirect assistance...that is to say...to do their job and protect american interests with respect to uzbekistan. below is the text of an email with some useful information. it is what i provided to the uzbek consulate:

Here is information from the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan:http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://mfa.uz/en/consular/visa/ which states:

“Note: Different procedure for issuance of entry visas may be applied to the citizens of those countries that have appropriate bilateral agreements with Uzbekistan.”

This note is right above the language that they sent you in the scanned document attached to your message. Here is the Russian version of the same language for reference of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Bishkek:

“Примечание: Для граждан государств, с которыми имеются соответствующие двусторонние соглашения и договоренности, может быть предусмотрен иной порядок оформления въездных виз в Республику Узбекистан.”

We would like to note that the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United States of America signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consular Relations on May 25, 1999 which, among many other things, expresses the commitment of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to abolish the requirement that U.S. citizens traveling to Uzbekistan present invitations and tourist vouchers when applying for visas for business or pleasure. This is a courtesy that the government of the United States agreed to reciprocate on.

In Russian, the Memorandum of Understanding mentioned above clearly expresses приверженность правительства Республики Узбекистан отмене требования предъявления гражданами США, направляющимися в Узбекистан приглашений и туристичских ваучеров.

Colleagues of the employees of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Bishkek at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, DC and at the Consulate General of Uzbekistan in New York City are well aware of this MOU and apply it daily in their processing of tourist visa applications from U.S. citizens without requiring invitations or tourist vouchers from such applicants. Here is what the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan posts on its website athttp://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http:/ ... uirements/.

“Private visits and tourist visas
1. One duly completed and signed Visa Application Form.
2. Valid original passport
3. Copy of passport (copy of pages with personal data, visas, stamps and other records)
4. One passport size color photo
5. Visa fee for U.S. Citizens:
10 business days processing - US $ 160.00
4 business days processing - US $ 240.00
For private visits an invitation letter issued by the Department of Entry, Exit and Citizenship of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan is required. “

Please note that “private visits” is distinct from tourism and is categorized by a different visa type (PV) in Uzbek legislation. It can be inferred from the text above that invitations letters are not required from tourist visa applicants.

The Embassy of the United States of America in Uzbekistan has not received any official correspondence from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan indicating that the Republic of Uzbekistan no longer wishes to continue to adhere to its commitments stated in the mentioned MOU from 1999.

Please keep us informed of what the response is from the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Bishkek.

Regards,

Consular Section
Embassy of the United States
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
3 Moyqorghon Street, 5th Block, Yunusobod District 100093
Tel: (998-71) 120-54-50
Fax: (998-71) 120-54-48
E-mail: [email protected]
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby steven » Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:32 am

Thank you Aaron, it has become a very difficult embassy so all help is appreciated! Also, well done for not giving in!
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby hkwoody » Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:19 am

Our experience was the opposite of what most people report.
We got our LOI's from the agent Caravanistan links to at 10h30 am on Friday morning (5 days after we applied / paid for them). We didn't have an appointment but decided anyway to go to the embassy to see what happened. We got there about noon. There were 4 people ahead of us in the queue. At ~12h40 a guy came out of the office and asked if we had an appointment, we said no, he told us to wait. 5 minutes later we went in, he took our printed copies of the LOI's, passports, passport copies and photo's. 5 minutes later he came back to tell us we couldn't enter on September 2nd because of holidays but could enter September 5th. Another couple of minutes later he came back with our 15 day visas. We are 1 British, 1 Japanese. Cost was US$65 each.
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby aaronfreed » Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:12 pm

reposting from another thread:

by international bilateral agreement between uzbekistan and the united states, americans seeking tourist visa do NOT require letters of invitation. however, the uzbek consulate in bishkek is requiring them. though it took me an extra week (and three weeks all told), i succeeded in forcing them to comply. unfortunately, it appears that they didn't learn their lesson and are continuing to require letters of invitation.

incidentally, the petty tyrant that mans the front desk and (sometimes) answers the phone, does in fact speak english.

if you require fodder to make your case, you can contact the us embassy in tashkent. they will make it clear that they cannot provide direct assistance with your personal visa (duh) but you can press them to provide indirect assistance...that is to say...to do their job and protect american interests with respect to uzbekistan. below is the text of an email with some useful information. it is what i provided to the uzbek consulate:

Here is information from the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan:http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://mfa.uz/en/consular/visa/ which states:

“Note: Different procedure for issuance of entry visas may be applied to the citizens of those countries that have appropriate bilateral agreements with Uzbekistan.”

This note is right above the language that they sent you in the scanned document attached to your message. Here is the Russian version of the same language for reference of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Bishkek:

“Примечание: Для граждан государств, с которыми имеются соответствующие двусторонние соглашения и договоренности, может быть предусмотрен иной порядок оформления въездных виз в Республику Узбекистан.”

We would like to note that the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United States of America signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consular Relations on May 25, 1999 which, among many other things, expresses the commitment of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to abolish the requirement that U.S. citizens traveling to Uzbekistan present invitations and tourist vouchers when applying for visas for business or pleasure. This is a courtesy that the government of the United States agreed to reciprocate on.

In Russian, the Memorandum of Understanding mentioned above clearly expresses приверженность правительства Республики Узбекистан отмене требования предъявления гражданами США, направляющимися в Узбекистан приглашений и туристичских ваучеров.

Colleagues of the employees of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Bishkek at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, DC and at the Consulate General of Uzbekistan in New York City are well aware of this MOU and apply it daily in their processing of tourist visa applications from U.S. citizens without requiring invitations or tourist vouchers from such applicants. Here is what the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan posts on its website athttp://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http:/ ... uirements/.

“Private visits and tourist visas
1. One duly completed and signed Visa Application Form.
2. Valid original passport
3. Copy of passport (copy of pages with personal data, visas, stamps and other records)
4. One passport size color photo
5. Visa fee for U.S. Citizens:
10 business days processing - US $ 160.00
4 business days processing - US $ 240.00
For private visits an invitation letter issued by the Department of Entry, Exit and Citizenship of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan is required. “

Please note that “private visits” is distinct from tourism and is categorized by a different visa type (PV) in Uzbek legislation. It can be inferred from the text above that invitations letters are not required from tourist visa applicants.

The Embassy of the United States of America in Uzbekistan has not received any official correspondence from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan indicating that the Republic of Uzbekistan no longer wishes to continue to adhere to its commitments stated in the mentioned MOU from 1999.

Please keep us informed of what the response is from the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Bishkek.

Regards,

Consular Section
Embassy of the United States
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
3 Moyqorghon Street, 5th Block, Yunusobod District 100093
Tel: (998-71) 120-54-50
Fax: (998-71) 120-54-48
E-mail: [email protected]
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby HannaLucida » Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:37 am

We had the normal mare getting the visas here, we're from the UK so went without the LOI... having read up on here though we knew what to expect so easier to navigate through it.
We called on the Tuesday and were given an appointment that Friday at 10am (of course everyone gets the same appointment time!) she duly hung up on me when I had a further question, but again, expected so all ok.

We turned up and at about 10.15 she popped out like a cuckoo bird and read out a list of names before slamming the door shut. Luckily we were third and there was a kind of unwritten rule that you go in the order she calls out, still took another half an hour or so of waiting though. Note you can't take luggage into the embassy with you. I waited with the bags outside whilst my partner went in with both passports which worked ok. Passports were given back, no payment taken until collection. We didn't have a photo copy of the entry stamp which wasn't an issue.

A lot of people seem to turn up a bit later and try and push infront of you. There's a magic buzzer that goes off to open the door to indicate the next to come in so you have to muscle your way in to stop people pushing in front.

We were instructed to call back on Wednesday. We called back Wednesday morning to be told to call back between 4-5. the visas weren't ready, we called back again on Friday to be told to come in on Tuesday. We turned up again today, waited outside the gates for about 20minutes. She popped her head out and asked why we were there, if we had an appointment etc. Then scorned at us, said 'wait' and slammed the door. We were eventually called by the magic buzzer at about 11 and we went in.

We were meant to enter Uzbekistan at the end of August, they said it was 'holiday' time so we couldn't enter until 3rd September, which is now stipulated on our visa. I've not heard of a country closing borders for a holiday?! They said we couldn't go in between the 25th and the 2nd, tried arguing our cause but didn't work. So please have a chat with the embassy to make sure you're travel dates are ok (unless she hangs up on you before you get a chance...)
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby steven » Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:05 pm

Uzbekistan does not close borders for Independence Day (1st of September) or election time, but they do delay visas, the country is on high alert then. Same for Turkmenistan.
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby Charlie Tévir » Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:15 am

Hello travellers,

Yesterday we arrived in Bishkek, went into a travel agency to ask if they could call the Uzbek embassy to make us an appointment. A nice lady called and scored us an appointment for the next day.

So today we arrived at the time of our appointment, had to wait 10 minutes and got in. There were only 4 other people, the guy taking our papers was nice.

We had all our paperwork ready and did an urgent apply without LOI (we are Belgian). The guy didn't even ask us for LOI. For 105 USD per person we will get our Visa after 4 working days, so the guy said.
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby Oasis Overland » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:37 am

September, 2015. Tried to call up to make an appointment for a Thursday and got told they don't do visas on Thursdays, made an appointment for Friday instead. We still turned up on Thursday morning at 10am and were allowed in first and got our visas in 15 minutes with LOIs! She wasn't happy about it though. Pay directly to the embassy $65 each for British, Swiss and Kiwi passports.
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby jmcl1 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:19 am

Just popped into the embassy today and ordered a 30 day tourist visa.
I didn't have an appointment but it wasn't busy, so she told me to book an appointment next time.
Sign outside embassy says to book appointments by calling 0312663078 between 14:00 - 17:00

Told to come back in a week, cost of visa would be $75.
Update in a week........

Update
Got my visa on the following Friday for $75 dollars.. No problem.
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Re: Embassy report: Uzbek visa in Bishkek

Postby indiaonbullet » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:17 am

Hey,

I'm in Bishkek and going at the embassy tomorrow with an appointment.
Can you confirm that you've got your visa within a week ? Did you ask for urgent process ?

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