As new president Mirziyoyev finally crowbarred grey cardinal Inoyatov out of his powerful position as the head of security services in February 2018, entry requirements for Uzbekistan have been eased.
More countries get the visa-free treatment, and 51 countries can now apply for an e-visa and enter Uzbekistan without an additional letter of invitation.
Border crossing warning
Many things that are legal in your country are illegal in Uzbekistan. For important info when entering Uzbekistan, see Uzbekistan border crossings.
The visa-free rule is valid in airports and on land borders.
This is the current status since October 5, 2018. In case you saw other information floating on the web: in December 2016 another, more extensive visa-free regime was announced, but it never happened.
All questions and updates can be posted in the Uzbek visa-free forum topic.
Visa-free 5-day transit for air passengers
Since 15th of July, 2018, passport holders of 101 countries who are transiting by airplane (meaning arriving and departing by airplane) through Uzbekistan, can get a 5-day visa-free stay provided they can show an onward boarding pass.
There is a catch, though. Previously, we reported that you needed to fly in and out on Uzbek Airways to be able to use this rule. This appears not entirely correct. We are looking for updates.
In airline database TIMATIC, it says the following: Nationals of […] with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight with Uzbekistan Airways (HY) to a third country within 5 days can transit without visa. So it’d appear only the ticket OUT of Uzbekistan has to be on Uzbekistan Airways, not the ticket into Uzbekistan.
The countries are:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- China, including Hong Kong
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
There are 2 ways to obtain a tourist visa to Uzbekistan: via the e-visa website, or through an Uzbek embassy. The e-visa can be used by passport holders of 51 countries. These are:
All others need to go through an embassy, and apply for an additional letter of invitation from a tour company as well.
The e-visa is single entry. The duration of the visa is 30 days within a 90 day window of validity. The start date of the visa validity is the date you send in your application, not the date you receive your visa or the date you intend to enter Uzbekistan.
The price is 20$. It takes 2-3 days to issue the visa. The e-visa works at all entry points: land borders and airports. No sticker is placed in your passport, only an entry/exit stamp.
You do not have to enter on the first day of the visa validity, or leave on the last day of visa validity. You can enter Uzbekistan at any point within the 90-day window and leave at any time within the 30-day duration of the visa, as long as it is within the 90-day window of validity.
As an example, let’s say your visa validity is 1 January – 30 March. If you enter on 15 January, you can stay until 13 February (30 days). But you don’t have to stay 30 days, you can leave earlier.
However, if you enter on 15 March, you CANNOT stay until 14 April. You have to leave at the latest on 30 March.
This is the official e-visa website where you should apply.
Although people have reported success in receiving the e-visa, it’s still early days and the website is still very buggy. Travelers report problems uploading pictures, receiving activation links, payment failures and difficulties printing. Here are some tips:
Picture upload and form issues
- When the e-visa form asks for “Preliminary place of residence in Uzbekistan”, you can write a random hotel (name, street address and city). You do not have to stay there.
- Pictures: upload in .jpg format (not .jpeg, not .JPG, but .jpg). Other tips include a perfectly white background, resizing to 413x532px, and cropping so your head takes up almost all of the frame, 300 DPI and less than 1MB. Useful apps are Persofoto, Passport size photo ID and Tinypng.
- Windows and Android have been more successful in uploading pictures than Apple.
- If your photo does not work, try taking another one, just a selfie might do already picture
- If you have troubles with the Captcha it might mean the information you provided in the form is wrong rather than the Captcha itself.
- Home address and workplace address cannot be the same.
Payment and e-mail issues
- After filling in the form, some people do not receive an activation code. Not all e-mail domains work: Uzbek support staff recommend a gmail/msn/yahoo email. Some report issues with yahoo and msn as well but gmail has worked well for everyone so far.
- If you are applying for someone else’s visa, use a different e-mail account.
- For some, the activation link does not work. You can just go to the application page and copy/paste the code provided in the application email. Be aware the link expires after 12 hours (perhaps less).
- Once you have received the activation code, you can return to the website to pay. Only Visa has been reported to work. Many people have reported receiving a payment error. In the end, though, it turns out their payment often went through and they received their e-visa after 2 days.
- Your bank may block your payment because they think your account is hacked.
- You may or may not receive a confirmation e-mail after you have paid.
Updates and questions are welcome in the Uzbek e-visa forum Q&A.
Multiple entry workarounds
You cannot apply for 2 separate e-visas before entering Uzbekistan. If you want a multiple entry visa, you will still need to apply at an embassy.
You can, however, apply for another e-visa once you have arrived in Uzbekistan, same as with the Tajik e-visa. This works, and unlike in Tajikistan, it is not illegal, so there is no need to hide it.
It might be possible to apply for 2 e-visas simultaneously if you have double nationality.
Do I need to print it?
Although officially you do not need a hard copy of your visa and can simply have the visa on your phone, it is advised in the early stages to print it. Border guards know about the e-visa, but train ticketing agents and police officers do not know about it yet, and might cause trouble.
If you cannot apply to the e-visa website, you will need to apply through an embassy. To do this, you might first need a letter of invitation.
Unlike the e-visa, an embassy visa does not have a 90-day window of validity in which you can use your 30 days in the country. An embassy visa is fixed date and valid for 30 days. You fill in the dates you want on your application form, and these are the dates you will be granted to visit Uzbekistan.
Like with the e-visa, you do not have to enter on the first day the visa starts, or leave the last day your visa ends. You can enter Uzbekistan at any point within the 30-day duration of the visa.
But you definitely need to leave before or on the date it ends. Don’t leave after it ends. This means that if you have a 30-day visa but you do not enter on the first day, you cannot stay for 30 days, you can only stay until the end of your visa. That is the meaning of the word fixed-date visa.
As an example, let’s say your visa duration is 1 January – 30 January. If you enter on 15 January, you can stay until 30 January, not until 13 February.
Letter of invitation
In the past, citizens of 15 countries did not need a letter of invitation to apply for their Uzbekistan tourist visa at the embassy.
From February 10, 2018, the list is expanded to 51 countries. All other nationals still need a letter of invitation from a tour company – apply for 65$ through Caravanistan. LOI-free countries are the same countries that can use the e-visa:
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 longer. Previously, 2 weeks was standard, but since 2018, reports indicate a wait of only 3-5 days for travelers without LOI. It depends on your embassy (again, see below for reports).
It is also possible to apply in one embassy and pick it up in another one – 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.
Application procedure and visa requirements
After acquiring the letter of invitation, you can go to the embassy. First, however, you need to fill in a form online and print it. Confusingly, the website where this form is located is also called the Uzbek E-visa website. You cannot get an e-visa through this website, though.
After you fill in your data in the form on the site and print out the form, you take the print-out to the embassy of your choice for your visa application.
For your Uzbekistan visa application you will need to bring:
- your passport. You need to have at least 2 empty pages left and 6 months validity after expiry of the visa
- 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)
- a letter of invitation if you need one
- 2 passport pictures
Theoretically, you cannot apply more than 3 months in advance. Those 3 months start from the moment you fill in the e-visa form. Many embassies allow you to apply earlier, but some are strict about this, for instance, the London embassy.
For a transit visa, proof of onward travel is needed.
What to fill in on the form
People tend to get confused about the Uzbek application form.
- Inviting party: if you need a LOI, fill in the company who gave you the LOI. If you do not need a LOI, fill in ‘not applicable, a dash or something similar.’
- Accompanied persons: children if you have any traveling with you. If not, ‘not applicable.’
- Address in Uzbekistan: name of a hotel you are staying, or pretend to be staying at. Hotel bookings are not usually checked at the embassy.
- Passport picture: there is no need to upload a picture to the form, you can simply bring a passport picture to the embassy.
- Address: if you do not have an address, fill in an address of somewhere you used to live. Nobody checks.
- Employment: if you do not have a job, fill in a job you used to work. Nobody checks your references.
Multiple entry visa
It is possible to get a double entry visa simply by paying 10$ extra. The two entries are on the same visa for the 30 days, not two separate 15 day visas as was the case in earlier times.
This means you get 30 days to visit Uzbekistan, for instance from 1st of January until 30th of January. In this time you can exit and re-enter Uzbekistan, but you must make sure to exit Uzbekistan before the 31st of January.
Questions and reports in the multiple entry visa forum topic.
The cost for the tourist visa has officially been lowered to 40$ in December 2017, with double entry 10$ extra. Usually, though, price at embassies tends to be 55$. Americans and Israelis pay 120$ to 165$, Japanese go for free.
Apply in one embassy, pick up in another
It is possible to apply for a visa in one embassy, and pick it up in another one, similar to the Turkmen visa. Generally a simple and easy-going process and recommended for people on the go who cannot wait around.
Visa on arrival
It is possible to get a visa on arrival in Uzbekistan, but only at the airport of Tashkent (perhaps Termez, but not certain). Single or double entry is possible. There are several requirements though.
- You need to have a letter of invitation stating you will get the visa at the airport.
- There is no Uzbek embassy in the country where you are coming from (where your airplane is coming from, not your country of residence)
Also, the info provided to airlines says you need two passport photos, so bring them to ensure you can board the plane to Tashkent.
When entering from a land border into Uzbekistan, visa on arrival is not possible.
If you normally do not need a LOI, you will still need one for the visa on arrival. If you make a small stopover in a country where there is an Uzbek embassy (but not long enough to reasonably get a visa), you can still apply for the visa on arrival.
Basically, once you hold an LOI with a stamp from the MFA saying the visa will be issued in Tashkent, you will be allowed on the plane, and you will not be turned back at Tashkent airport for having departed a country with an Uzbek embassy.
All info has moved to this page: transit visa for Uzbekistan.
Since July 2018 you can apply for a business visa and stay up to 1 year in Uzbekistan. You will need a business letter of invitation which is valid for 3, 6 and 12 months, but no other documents.
Consular fees are:
- For single-entry business visa:
- 3 months: 80$
- 6 months: 120$
- 1 year: 160$
- 10$ for each additional entry
- For multiple-entry business visa:
- 6 months: 150$
- 1 year: 250$
Visa for children
Children under 16 don’t need visa to travel to Uzbekistan. They should be registered in the visa application of their parents.
Registration in Uzbekistan
When travelling in Uzbekistan, you need to be registered. If you fail to do so, you might have to pay a fine. Read all about it: Registration in Uzbekistan.
In 2018, we heard of someone extending their visa for the first time in many years. So it is possible, but you will need to have a good reason. We do not know how to extend the visa.
Tchehova street 22, Tashkent
Tel.: +998 712 569586 or +998 712 569614
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. In the last report we got (late 2016) the fine paid was 7 million som (after 2 days detention).
Additionally, we know many of you coming in winter have girlfriends in Uzbekistan. Don’t marry them on a tourist visa. You need a private visa for that.
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, it now takes 3 days on average. You can keep your passport when applying.
Click the tab below to see all embassy reports.