Visa policy of Uzbekistan

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An Uzbek visa with entry and exit stamps in a Singaporean passport.

Visitors to Uzbekistan must obtain a visa from one of the Uzbekistan diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.[1]

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Visa policy of Uzbekistan

Visa exemption[edit]

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Citizens of the following 64 countries can visit Uzbekistan without a visa:

90 days

60 days

30 days

 Turkmenistan — residents of Dashoghuz Velayat and Lebap Velayat of Turkmenistan have visa free access to Khorazm Vilayat and Bukhara Vilayat as well as to Amudarya, Khojayli, Shumanay, Qonghirat districts and Takhiatash city of Karakalpakstan and to Dehkanabad, Guzar, Nishan and Mirishkar districts of Qashqadarya Vilayat and to Sherabad and Muzrabat districts of Surkhandarya Vilayat have visa free access for up to 3 days within any month period. During Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha the access is allowed twice a month, but no more than 7 days.[13]

Visa-free regime also applies to holders of diplomatic passports of Brazil, China, Estonia, Hungary, Kuwait,[14] Poland, South Korea (60 days), Tajikistan, Turkey and Vietnam, and also to holders of diplomatic and service passports of Latvia, Romania and Slovakia.

Visa agreement for diplomatic passports was signed with  India on 1 October 2018 and it is not yet ratified.[15]

Visa is not required for US military and US Department of Defense civilian staff provided holding a Military/government ID and a copy of their orders.

Visa on arrival[edit]

A Visa Confirmation Stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan

Holders of a Visa Confirmation (stamp), issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, can obtain a visa on arrival at Tashkent International Airport.[16]

eVisa[edit]

Uzbekistan introduced the system of electronic visas for a period of up to 30 days from 15 July 2018.[17] A single entry visa valid for 30 days. The cost of obtaining an electronic visa for 20 USD. Travellers have to apply for the e-Visa for Uzbekistan at least three days in advance before their trip.[18]

As of 1 February 2019 eVisa is available to the citizens of the following 76 countries:[19]

Visa-free transit[edit]

Citizens of the following countries and territories do not require a visa for a 5-day stay if they are transiting through the international airports of Uzbekistan.[20] According to the IATA Timatic the outbound flight from Uzbekistan must be on Uzbekistan Airways.

Transit visas are available to all nationalities for a duration of up to 72 hours, for which no invitation letter or tourist voucher is required.

Reform[edit]

On 2 December 2016 President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree titled "About measures for ensuring the accelerated development of tourist branch of the Republic of Uzbekistan" that envisaged the establishment of a visa-free regime for citizens of 15 countries[21] as well as a visa-free regime for citizens of 12 countries who are older than 55.[22] Those visitors would only be required to pay an entry fee on arrival. This is planned to be in place by 2020.

However, on 22 December 2016 a new decree was adopted by the President of Uzbekistan amending the decree from 2 December 2016, postponing the visa-free regime until 1 January 2021.[23][24] The amending decree also said that the list of countries whose citizens would benefit from the visa-free access may be revised on the basis of dynamics of development of bilateral relations, the situation on the world tourism market and the current situation in the sphere of international and regional security.

Uzbekistan also plans to introduce electronic visas from 2021. Uzbekistan intends to use the electronic visa system of Azerbaijan as a model.[25]

In December 2017 it was announced that Uzbekistan plans to introduce a simplified procedure for citizens of 25 additional countries and to abolish visas altogether for citizens of Japan, South Korea and Singapore.[26] Visa validity period was extended to 30 days.[27] In January 2018 it was announced that Uzbekistan plans to introduce a simplified procedure for citizens of 40 additional countries and to abolish visas altogether for citizens of five countries.[28]

On 10 February 2018 Uzbekistan abolished visa requirements for 7 countries: Israel, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey. On 16 March 2018 Uzbekistan abolished visa requirements for citizens of Tajikistan and on 5 October 2018 visas were abolished for citizens of France.

In December 2018 it was announced that Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan plan to mutually accept visas from February 2019.[29]

In December 2018 it was announced that Uzbekistan plans to expand visa-free access to citizens of additional 22 countries.[30]

In January 2019 visa requirements were removed for nationals of Germany.[31]

In February 2019 citizens of European Union countries, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Vatican became visa exempt.[32]

Statistics[edit]

Year Visitors
1992—1994
No data
1995
Increase 92,000[33]
1996
Increase 173,000[34]
1997
Increase 960,000[35]
1998
Decrease 811,000[36]
1999
Decrease 487,000[37]
2000
Decrease 302,000[38]
2001
Increase 345,000[39]
2002
Decrease 332,000[40]
2003
Decrease 231,000[41]
2004
Increase 262,000[42]
2005
Decrease 242,000[43]
2006
Increase 560,000[44]
2007
Increase 903,000[45]
2008
Increase 1,069,000[46]
2009
Increase 1,215,000[47]
2010
Decrease 975,000[48]
2011
Increase 1,200,000[49]
2012
Increase 1,895,000[50]
2013
Increase 1,968,000[51]
2014
Decrease 1,862,000[52]
2015
Increase 1,917,000[53]
2016
Increase 2,112,000[54]
2017
Increase 2,520,000[55]
2018
Increase 6,433,000[56]
Total (1995—2018) More 28,870,000

Most visitors arriving to Uzbekistan were from the following countries:

Country 2018[57] 2015[58]
 Kazakhstan Increase 2,456,000 1,250,800
 Tajikistan Increase 1,700,000 212,400
 Kyrgyzstan Increase 1,101,000 139,800
 Russia Increase 460,200 113,300
 Turkey Increase 74,800 36,300
 Turkmenistan Increase 71,100 46,800
 China Increase 37,100 11,800
 South Korea Increase 32,700 25,700
 India Increase 22,200 18,100
 Germany Increase 19,100 5,800
 Japan Increase 17,200 2,300
Other countries Increase 445,000 12,000
 Afghanistan
No data
18,400
 Iran
No data
6,300
 UAE
No data
4,800
 Israel
No data
3,500
 France
No data
3,400
 Italy
No data
2,500
 Malaysia
No data
2,400
 Ukraine
No data
2,200
 United Kingdom
No data
2,100
 USA
No data
1,200
 Thailand
No data
1,200
 Belarus
No data
1,100
Total Increase 6,400,000 Increase 1,917,000

See also[edit]

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