Visa policy of Uzbekistan

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An Uzbek visa with entry and exit stamps on a Singaporean passport

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

Visa policy map[edit]

  Uzbekistan
  Visa exempt for 90 days
  Visa exempt for 60 days

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 9 countries can visit Uzbekistan without a visa for up to 90 days (unless otherwise noted):

 Turkmenistan —residents of Daşoguz Region and Lebap Region have visa free access to Xorazm Province and Bukhara Province as well as to Amudaryo, Xo‘jayli, Shumanay, Qo‘ng‘irot districts and Taxiatosh city of Karakalpakstan and to Dehkanabad, Guzar, Nishon and Myrishkor districts of Qashqadaryo Province and to Sherobod and Muzrabot districts of Surxondaryo Province 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.[8]

Visa-free regime also applies to holders of diplomatic passports of Brazil, China, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey and Vietnam, and also to holders of diplomatic and service passports of Latvia, Romania and Slovakia.

An agreement on mutual visa-free visits for holders of diplomatic passports with  Kuwait was signed in February 2017 and is yet to be ratified.[9]

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. [10]

Simplified procedure[edit]

Visitors from eligible countries can obtain multiple entry visas for stays up to 1 month[11] with no requirement for tourist voucher or invitation letter from Uzbekistan.[12] Visas are issued to them within the next 2 working days. In case of Turkish citizens 3 working days are needed excluding the day of receiving documents.[13] Eligible countries are:[14]

The visa application form may be filled online, printed and submitted to the diplomatic mission.[16]

Transit visas are also available to all nationalities for a duration of up to 72 hours, for which no invitation letter or tourist voucher is required.[14]

Reform plans[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[17] as well as a visa-free regime for citizens of 12 countries who are older than 55.[18] 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.[19][20] 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.[21]

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.[22] Visa validity period was extended to 30 days.[23] 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.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "«Таджикистан и Узбекистан могут отменить визы уже в 2018 году»". REGNUM News Agency. Retrieved 2017-12-11. 
  8. ^ С ВИЗАМИ И БЕЗ…
  9. ^ "Министерство иностранных дел Республики Узбекистан — Онлайн-библиотека". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uzbekistan) . Retrieved 2017-12-11. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Businessmen for up to 1 year, except Malaysia — up to 6 months
  12. ^ Letter of Invitation to Uzbekistan
  13. ^ a b UzDaily (2017-10-21). "Uzbekistan simplifies visa procedures for citizens of Turkey". Retrieved 22 October 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Visa of the Republic of Uzbekistan". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uzbekistan). Retrieved 2017-12-11. 
  15. ^ UzDaily (2017-09-12). "Uzbekistan to simplify visa procedures for tourists from Poland". Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  16. ^ [2]
  17. ^ Citizens of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
  18. ^ Citizens of Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, France, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, United States, Vietnam and also nationals of China if travelling as part of a tour group.
  19. ^ http://lex.uz/Pages/GetPDF.aspx?file=3092184.pdf
  20. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uzbekistan-visas-idUSKBN14T0ZR?il=0
  21. ^ Uzbekistan to study Azerbaijan's experience in applying e-visa system
  22. ^ Uzbekistan planning to simplify visa issuance for 25 more countries
  23. ^ Uzbekistan introduces single 30-day tourist visa
  24. ^ Uzbekistan seeks to grant visa-free status to more countries