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Embassy report

Azerbaijan (Baku)

Tips on getting your visa at Uzbek embassy in Baku: 'To get to the embassy you can take the bus number 3 from Icherisheher. The bus will zig and zag for about 15 mins. You can ask for the bus stop at the metro station and they will show it to you. It is on a street close to the metro station. get on the bus and ride until you see a big green board with the writing BADAMDAR. Get of the bus at the stop right after the board. There's a market on the same side of the road where to bus stop is. The embassy is on a street before the market. There's no street name. And there are no house numbers. Just keep walking the street until you see the Uzbek flag on the right side of the road. The embassy opens at 10 o'clock.

Address of the embassy:
Baky, Batamdar, 1st highway, 9th side str., 437
Phone: (99412) 497 25 49/52
Fax: (99412) 497 25 48

A few more tips to save you some stress at the Uzbek Embassy!

1. Complete this application online beforehand only If your nationality do not reguire a visa support letter! Just put in a N/A for the inviting party line.
2. Two passport photos and a color copy of your signature / photo page of the passport.
3. Hours are from 10:00 - 12:00 & 15:00 - 17:00 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
4. You'll have to return the embassy with a receipt of the money transfer, so it's best to stop by in the morning, then go to the National Bank of Azerbaijan on 67 Nizami Street, and then head back to the Uzbek embassy in the afternoon. Do not forget to clarify the amount of visa fee on the phone with the embassy before making the payment, as it depends on the citizneship and the duration of the visa!

Details of which countries no longer need a LOI can be found here:

India (Delhi)

Visa cost - 4500 Rupees (about $100) which is inclusive of all fees, but bear in mind that the visa fee amount may vary depending on your citizenship and visa request duration.  The money has to be paid into the Uzbekistan Embassy account at RBS in Connaught Place.  The deposit account number is 1319895. All citizens should have a visa support letter in advance from licensed travel agency. Don't forget to get it.

Address is EP Plot 40, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021
Telephone : (91-11) 2410-56-40

Most taxi drivers don't know where the embassy is, but if you tell them to go to the Greek Embassy you'll find the Uzbek around the corner.  Also, the above prices were for a 30 day single entry visa.

Kazakhstan (Almaty)

Address: EP 480100, Almaty, Beribaev St., 36
Telephone : (3272) 91-02-35

French and American citizens report:
"My friend and I got a same day single entry visa at the embassy in Almaty July 2. We put our names on a list in the am told to come back at two. At two we were called in, and left with the visas at 2:45. US passport $160, French passport $65 USD. We had arranged an LOI beforehand and that made the difference. The Swiss man behind us was told to come back Friday, and then get his visa in five business days from Friday."

Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek)

English is spoken at the embassy (also on the phone). You may apply for an urgent visa which will take around 3 working days. Embassy may require LOI (letter of invitation) depending on your citizenship. You can keep your passport but they ask a photocopy of every used page in your passport.

Usually you will wait 3 days if you do not have a LOI. You can get the visa in less than 15 minutes if you have a LOI from uzbek travel agent. Better to call the day before going, at 10 am, the lady opens the door and calls out the names in order.

Report from Bishkek:
"We applied for our visas with an LOI and a printed e-visa form in Bishkek a few days ago. We had an Australian and Chilean passports. The visa was issued on the spot without any hassle. You must make an appointment before you go to the consulate (office opens from 10AM to 1PM). It seems that people are admitted to the office based on the order in which they made the appointment, but it’s definitely worth ariving at least 45 mins before the embassy opens. Visas were $75 each. For countries that technically don’t require an LOI, it seems the waiting time can be 5+ days (from what we heard from other people). We crossed by land from Osh to Uzbekistan, and the crossing was slightly time-consuming (1 hour or more), but hassle-free. Make sure you bring a copy of the photo page of your passport, and the e-visa form and passport photos."

Thailand (Bangkok)

The consulate opens at 8am, but saw the consul (or someone with equal or lesser importance) may walk by just after 9am. If you are the first one there, make yourself known the security guard, who will open the metallic sliding door labelled “Consular section”.

New Zeland passport holder reports about Uzbekistan embassy in Bangkok:
"Due to some poor planning on my part, I didn’t have enough time in Bangkok to wait for standard or expedited processing. So the consulate was contacted by email, who requested LOI be forwarded electronically. That was done, along with e-visa application form and copy of passport front page. Few days later, the consulate replied requesting the visa be collected. When eventually arrived in Bangkok, the passport was dropped off in the morning 9am and picked up at 2pm for THB2900. The LOI took 3 weeks to come down, taking into account time for the agency to receive the money by telegraphic transfer, Xmas/NY holidays and actual processing time which was 6 working days. They even give you a filled out e-visa application form. If there is an e-visa application form, no re-filling of the consulate-specific application form is needed at Bangkok. Hope this is helpful."

Turkey (Ankara)

The embassy/consulate opens three days in a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) for few hours, from at 10am and closes at 1pm. We suggest getting there at 10am, to remove the possibility of a mega fail. Visas can be obtained at the same day if you have an LOI (Letter of Invitation). If you do not have a visa support letter, you may wait up to 1 week to get your visa stamped.
Once you get into the embassy, they say that you would need 5 things:
1.  To transfer visa fee to their account and bring back the receipt (this can be done at the HSBC on the parade of shops, but needs to be paid in cash unless you have an HSBC account).
2. A colour photocopy or print out of your passport. You can do this at an internet cafe down the road. Come out of the embassy, turn right, and almost immediately right again, then head about 100m down the road and it's on the corner on your left. Alternately, find HSBC and you can see it from the entrance. (it's fairly cheap, like 2 lira an hour).
3. A passport photo. You can get these from at least one shop on the parade, but they may make you to buy like 8 at a time for about 15 lira.
4. A copy of the Visa application form.
5. A letter of invitation. Have print out of your LOI.  However they usually don't ask for this at the embassy. (This, however is probably due to the circumstances described).

*Please note that the above given information should be double checked with the agency or directly with the consulate or embassy.

United Kindom (London)

Embassy of Uzbekistan in London, Great Britain
41 Holland Park, London W11 3RP
Tel.: +44 (0) 020-7229-7679 (Ext. 1)
08714681100 (call is chargeable - 10p. per minute)
Fax: +44 (0) 020-7229-7029
E-Mail: or

According to the regulation of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Uzbekistan, citizens of United Kingdom do not require to have visa support letter to Uzbekistan and can get their visas at the Uzbek embassy in London.

Tips to get your visa at the embassy:

1. You need to call them and get information about working days and working hours as consulate is open few days for few hours. Usually it is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday (closed on Tuesday and Thursday) from 10.00 till 13.00.
2. Try to come to the consulate earlier and get the application form at the embassy.
3. You will be handed a credit slip. Please take it along to a nearby bank (Lloyds, 2 stops on the tube) and you can be back within 45 minutes to collect the passport and visa if you have your Letter of invitation.
4. If you do not have visa support letter from Uzbek travel agency, most probably you can not get your visa stamped on the same day and you may be asked to come back few days later.

USA (Washington)

The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington is located at 1746 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 Tel: (202) 530-7291, Fax: (202) 202-9633, E-mail:, Website:
The Consular Section is open to visitors Monday through Thursday from 10.00 to 12.00 (ET) when documents can be submitted for processing. Completed documents can be picked up from Monday through Thursday from 11.00 to 12.00 (ET).
To speak to one of representatives from 15.00 to 17.00 (ET), please call (202) 530-7291. Fax number is (202) 293-9633, e-mail:

If you wish to send documents for processing by mail, please enclose a self-addressed pre-paid return envelope of one of the following postal services: USPS, FedEx or UPS. Please, be advised that the Consular Section does not send documents via other postal services.
The consular district of the Consular Section of the Embassy of Uzbekistan includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The residents of other states, which are not listed above, should contact the Consulate General of Uzbekistan in New York City.

The Consular Section of the Embassy of Uzbekistan observes most legal holidays in the USA. September 1st is the National Holiday "Independence Day" of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Consulate General of Uzbekistan in New York is located at 801 Second Ave, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (Manhattan, intersection of Second Ave and 43rd Street). It is open to visitors on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET) when documents are usually submitted for processing. Completed documents can be picked up from Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Consulate is not open to the public on Friday. If you wish to listen to the current consular information, you may do so by calling at (212) 754-6178. To speak to one of our representatives from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET), call at (212) 754-7403, or you can leave messages at the same number. Consular officer will contact you on the next business day. You can also reach by e-mail: Fax number is (212) 838-9812.

Few tips on getting uzbek visa in US

Please note that in many cases the Uzbek embassy or consulate in US does not require visa support letter (LOI), but the may ask for it If they want to. The rules are different if you going to visit someone in Uzbekistan with a private reason.

Just follow the four steps listed below and sent the materials to the Consulate General Office in New York. Some states in the US have to send to New York. Others send to Washington DC.
1. A completed Visa Application Form
2. Passport (original and copy of photo page)
3. One passport size color photo
4. Visa fee for U.S. Citizens:
Ten business days processing - US $ 160.00   (Also, the consulate would not accept cash and want a money order for $160USD for each visa)
Four business days processing - US $ 240.00

The whole process may take from one day upto 2 months (in case you apply "very early". For example you apply in September for a trip in April).

Getting in touch with the New York Consulate is a challenge, but doable. Do not wait email replies as sometime you may not get it. Use the number on the website and dial extension #4. Eventually someone will pick up. Just be patient.