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Uzbekistan is to launch electronic visas system this summer
04 January 2018
Uzbekistan is to launch electronic visas system this summer

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 Getting electronic visa to Uzbekistan will allow to shift from the outdated procedure with visits to the embassy to easier and more straightforward online process.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.

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

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It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

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