Good news for all those planning to travel to Uzbekistan in 2018. Uzbek authorities are planning to introduce electronic visa (evisa) system to simplify the process of getting tourist visas to the country. At the moment the visa process is rather complicated with many tourists firstly needing to obtain a Letter of invitation from the local travel agency and then applying to the embassy, sometimes waiting for the decision up to 7-10 days. New system supposedly will greatly simplify the procedure as the whole process will be done online and will take no more than 3 working days to complete. Getting electronic visa to Uzbekistan will allow to shift from the outdated procedure with visits to the embassy to easier and more straightforward online process. As soon as evisa system is launched travelers would be able to submit visa applications and supporting documents via Internet and receive visas to their email address.
"Evisa system is undergoing a test period now and as soon as all technical details are resolved which is planned by the end of this summer the system will be launched, " confirmed in the State Committee for Tourism.
The step by step procedure is being analyzed now with some details still not finally confirmed. There are some discussions on the way the evisa is issued. It is either going to be sent to traveler’s email address that will need to print it out and have with you upon entry to Uzbekistan. Or eivsas will be issued at the airports on the basis of online application approval. All payments for electronic visas can be made via Visa and MasterCard.
Evisa system proved to be very popular and is already functioning in many countries. In particular, it has proved to be very efficient in Azerbaijan and Georgia, and the experience of these countries will be studied when implementing this technology in Uzbekistan.
Last summer, a similar system was launched in neighboring Tajikistan. An electronic visa is issued for 90 days, but allows to stay for no more than 45 calendar days within this period. Upon getting visa tourist have to pay a visa fee of $50.
Over the first six months of 2017 over 1.1 million tourists visited Uzbekistan, 18% more than in the same period in 2016. At the same time, export of tourist services reached 694.5 million dollars.