Uzbekistan closed 20 Aug - 5 Sep

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Re: Uzbekistan closed 20 Aug - 5 Sep

Post by steven »

So I got the update:

Uzbekistan is NOT closed for those who already have visas. It's just for new applications, Ministry doesn't approve LOIs for new comers.
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Post by olig »

Two days ago (Aug 11) I got my Uzbek visa in Tehran. The lady asked me to confirm my travel dates (entry date: Sept 5th). I asked her if she knew anything about our current problem, she answered "I don't know, I don't know". A few minutes later she gave me back my passport with my two-weeks visa (Sept 5th-20th).
(no LOI for me but a letter of no objections from the French Embassy in Tehran)
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Post by saydasvidanya »

Got an Uzbekistan visa day before yesterday in Bishkek. I am Dutch so we had an LOI which took a long time to prepare.
We originally applied for 8-19 of august, as they couldnt make loi past the 20th, but as it was ready only the 15th, we were able to persuade the lady at the embassy to give us 12 days starting the 15th.
Enterred yesterday, Yallama border looked normal, they did not change our visa dates.
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I got in Uzbekistan today, visum till the 4th of September. I asked the border guard about independence day, and he told me that the border is always open for foreigners, only for Uzbeks it will be closed. I asked the guard at the border with Osh Kyrgyzstan, but I think he meant for all big border passings.
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Re: Uzbekistan closed 20 Aug - 5 Sep

Post by Pierre C »

Steven,
Do you have information about Pendjikent's border crossing ? It's not clear about the completion of the road, which was under construction, according to last news (2015). So it may be closed anyway, without considering independance day specific rules.
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It will be big news if the Penjikent border opens—the reason for its closure is more for political reasons than the state of the road.
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Post by HeatherLouise »

Has anyone got an update on the closed between 20th Aug & 5 Sept status? Was hoping to go across the border from Kazakhstan on the 31st Aug / 1st Sept. I'm also concerned about getting the visa ... was planning on doing this in Bishek. Advice appreciated :)
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Post by steven »

Hi HeatherLouise, there have been some very useful updates in this thread since it started, just above your reply, by olig, saydasvidaniya and Rolof Stolk among others. Read it carefully and you will know as much as we do.

What I got from reading their posts:

Rolof Stolk's post said: If you have the visa you will not have problems to get in, the border will be open for foreigners. As Olig stated, you might not get the visa for your dates intended. As saydasvidaniya stated, you might be able to persuade the visa officer to give other dates than they wanted to give.

So first get the visa.
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Post by HeatherLouise »

Thanks Steven :)
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Post by aussiescott »

Does anyone have any information on the consulate in Istanbul ?
Will it be open ? I have my LOI and am all ready to go.
I wont arrive to Uzbekistan till well after these dates so will this be a issue ?
Also does anyone know where the consulate is ? I went to the place from the webpage today and it was empty.
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