I posted this on a different forum a while ago, but thought it might be useful. Edited for length.
I'm preparing to apply for a visa to Uzbekistan. I'm a US citizen currently in Moscow, so have been trying to figure out how to do this process from here. There's a lot of different information on the internet, and most of it isn't very current, so I figured I'd report on how my visit was today. I didn't apply yet, but had a bunch of questions about the process.
First off, in Moscow there are two different buildings for the Uzbek Embassy and Consulate. I went to the consulate, was redirected to the embassy, and then redirected back to the consulate! Luckily, I stumbled on the right location. So, here is the location where I was able to have my questions answered:
2-й Казачий пер., дом 2
in English: 2 Kazachiy Per., Building 2 (2nd Cossack Lane)
close to Polyanka Metro Station (Russian: Полянка)
Info from official website:
Hours: Monday - Friday from 10.00 to 13.00 hrs
Delivery of documents :
from 17.00 to 18.00 hrs
Consultation by telephone from 17.00 to 18.00 hrs
Phone: (499) 230-13-01
Telephone on visa issues : (499) 230-00-54 .
Fax: (499) 230-04-79
E . Address : [email protected]
The actual location to apply for the visa is around the corner from the main sign (Russian only) and entrance, below the intersection of 1-y Kazachiy & 2-y Kazachiy, on the southeast side of the main building. You'll probably see a lot of people standing around. You enter through a hallway and you'll see a security guard and a booth. At the window, the person (who spoke almost no English) will take your passport to log down your visit, and tell you what number window to go for (#1 seemed to be the only one for foreigners applying for visas). They also make you check any computers or tablets at the window; the guy gave me a little paper with a number on it to reclaim my computer on the way out.
At window #1 I only waited for a few minutes. The man spoke enough English to answer my questions, luckily. Here are the questions and answered I got:
a) do I need a LOI? No
b) do I need to provide proof of a flight out of Uzbekistan? No
c) do you keep my passport while visa is processing? No, they just need a photocopy. He added that processing time was 7 days, then I would come back with my passport for them to add it.
d) price? US$160 regardless of length of stay or number of entries. Maximum for a tourist visa is one month, multiple entry. I didn't ask about business visa, since 1 month is what I wanted anyway.
1) fill out visa application online
2) bring in TWO copies of application along with TWO passport photos
3) pay money. They only accepted USD.
I finally got my plans sorted out and went back to put in the application. I still wasn't sure if they closed at 12 or 13:00, so I got there around 11:30. Again, it's around the corner from the main building, with a bunch of people standing around outside. I went through and said I needed to get a visa, and even though the worker and the guard spoke no English, I think they remembered me from last time. So the guy took my computer and gave me a slip with a number on it, and logged my passport details.
I went back to Window 1 and waited a little bit in a messy line before making it to the window. The same English-speaking guy I'd dealt with before checked out my application, took both copies after I signed them, 2 passport pictures and a colour copy of my passport which I'd brought with me. He didn't ask for anything else.
A travel agent had explained that I could apply for a longer visa than one calendar month if I needed a multiple entry visa. I wasn't sure it would fly, but I put it together like this anyway: 17/6 - 30/7, with each entry being 30 days. On the application you can't select different length stays, e.g. 7 days the first time and 23 the next like I actually needed, so I just put 30 days in for each entry and kept my fingers crossed. When I asked the guy at window 1, he seemed to think it was fine. Since I wrote this, I've entered, exited and reentered Uzbekistan with no issues.
I'd also had some problems with the visa application website, which I actually got around by taking out any odd characters (@, !, $, etc). Commas and periods (, .) were fine. On the English version it didn't alert you of any error, but wouldn't let you download the finished form. I switched to the Russian version, which gave an error message and helped me figure out the problem. I'm not sure if it's still doing that, but if it is, try taking out those symbols.
You also use the same website to track your application. On the bottom of the form there's a number, which you use along with your passport number to check the status. At first it just says your application is "under consideration". Once it's ready for pickup, it shows two different dates and a Telex number, though it doesn't specifically say "ready for pickup." So I just went back to the Consulate to either pick up, or be sadly turned away.
I got there around 10:15 in the morning, right after it opened. The guard was calling out names to the crowd and handing out paperwork, but wouldn't let me in. Of course I don't speak nearly enough Russian, so finally I wrote something like "I have a question about my visa. The guy at Window 1 speaks English," and the guard begrudgingly let me through. The guy at the first window took my computer from me and practised some English with me, and I sailed through.
At Window 1, the guy took my passport and came back with the two applications and photos. He told me to pay at a window across the room, and I paid there. Note: they only accepted USD cash, though I'm not sure if that's for everyone or just me because I'm a US citizen. I had managed to bring exact change, though I'd brought roughly the same in roubles just in case.
I came back with the papers and receipt, and about 10 minutes later I had my passport and shiny new visa. I thanked him happily in English, Russian and Uzbek and amused most of the other people around, and practically danced out of the consulate in joy, like a happy rainbow unicorn frolicking in fields of candy and dreams come true. Or, you know, just a traveler who was very relieved to have a visa that they were hanging around Moscow waiting for.