Tourist visa to Uzbekistan
Tourists from most countries need a visa to enter Uzbekistan. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan citizens do not need visa or other special documents to visit Uzbekistan.
EU, USA, Japan, Israel citizens GENERALLY, but not always get visas without any additional support documents, such as LOI. They sometimes (but not always) are able to obtain the visa in their residence countries. But very often general consulates and embassies of Uzbekistan around the world require the Letter of Invitation (LOI), also known as Visa Support Letters (VSL).
All other countries passport holders must apply for the Uzbekistan visa after obtaining the LOI.
Please note that if you need a multiple entry Uzbekistan visa, you are required a LOI.
Usual (single entry) Uzbek visa is issued for 30 days at most.
Uzbekistan visas are generally issued in 7 workdays without a LOI by an embassy or consulate of Uzbekistan. Some travelers report about delaying in obtaining the visa without letter of invitation up to 3 weeks.
Where to apply for Uzbekistan Visa
You can apply for a visa where Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate exists. See the list of Uzbekistan Embassies and Consulates abroad.
Applicants will need the following items to obtain Uzbekistan visa:
- Visa Support Letter (VSL, LOI)
- Valid passport
- Completed application form
- 1 passport-size photo
- Fee, payable on collection of visa
- Stamped, self-addressed envelope, if applying by post