Last updated on 23.02.2015
If you are travelling to Uzbekistan you need to obtain an appropriate visitor's visa. Only citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine have visa-free travel.
All travelers, even those simply transiting Uzbekistan for less than 72 hours, must obtain an Uzbek visa before travelling to Uzbekistan. If you plan an overnight stay or have a long layover, you will need a visa to exit the transit lounge of the airport. Uzbekistan has suspended the 72-hour transit rule that allowed travelers with visas from other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to transit Uzbekistan without an Uzbek visa.
Getting an Uzbekistan tourist visa is a 2 step process. First, you will need to get an official letter of invitation (except citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States) from a local company authorized by the Ministry of Tourism (Uzbekturizm) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you will need to take this invitation along with the application form and two passport size photos and an original of your passport to the Uzbekistan Consulate in your country in order to have your visa processed and stamped. The processing timeline is about 5-10 working days (depends on nationality). The approved visa support is faxed directly to the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the country where the traveler is receiving the Uzbekistan travel visa. You will need the LOI prior to making your visa application and generally allow at least ten days for the LOI to be processed to be on a safe side.
Travel visa can be obtained in the Consular Missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad. In the Tashkent International Airport visas can only be issued to those persons, who are arriving from the countries where the Republic of Uzbekistan does not have permanent diplomatic or consular missions. If Uzbekistan has an embassy or consulate in your country of residence you will need the visa stuck into your passport before you fly; you may be prevented from boarding the plane if you do not have a valid visa.
The Republic of Uzbekistan has missions in following countries: Afghanistan, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium (Luxemburg), Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam; and consular departments in following cities: Athens (Greece), Bangkok (Thailand), Dubai (UAE), Frankfurt-am-Main (Germany), Istanbul (Turkey), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan), New-York (USA).
Visitors coming from countries where Uzbekistan does not have diplomatic or consular representation should obtain Uzbekistan visas in a third country or in Tashkent International Airport. Importantly, Uzbekistan visas indicate not only the validity of the visa, but also the period of time a person is allowed to stay in Uzbekistan on a given trip. In case applying for Uzbekistan tourist visa in airport you still need to have approved visa support from Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Tashkent in order to obtain visa in Tashkent International Airport. Therefore, it is important to indicate your intended period of stay when applying for your Uzbek visa.
Travel around Uzbekistan by rail or land sometimes requires brief exits into neighboring countries. Travelers should have a multiple entry Uzbek visa and proper visas for the neighboring countries in order to avoid delays in travel. Please check your itinerary.
Transit Visas to Uzbekistan
In case of a transit via Uzbekistan, while traveling to a third country, all visitors should have transit visas issued in advance by an Uzbekistan Embassy or General Consulate abroad. Transit visas are issued for a period of up to 72 hours and cost $20 for 24 hours, $25 for 48 hours or $30 for 72 hours. Transit visas are issued against third country visa and the copy of air ticket/air ticket reservation to the third country must be shown. No Invitation Letter is needed to obtain Transit visas.
According to the latest information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, tourist visa cannot be extended. It is better to apply for a longer period of time to avoid any hassles.
Staying in Uzbekistan with an expired visa is illegal! You will be penalized for expired visa and may be banned to enter to Uzbekistan in the future. Penalties will apply.