Finally, after many years of very strict visa regime Uzbekistan is simplifying the process of entering the country to foreign citizens. Being notorious for having one of the most complicated visa procedures in the whole of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is making a significant step forward by making visa process cheap and straightforward.
As of July 15, 2018 all entry visas to Uzbekistan can be obtained through official visa portal at E-VISA.UZ. It is no longer necessary to visit diplomatic missions and consular offices of Uzbekistan abroad to apply for Uzbek visa.
There is also visa-free entry introduced for citizens of 101 states (the list below) transiting Uzbekistan through international airports allowing travelers to stay in the country for no more than five days. To be eligible to transit Uzbekistan visa-free, they must have an onward ticket to a third country, and the air carrier must timely provide information on passengers to Border Service of Uzbekistan.
Visa-free entry and temporary stay for under 16 is only available if they have a foreign passport or a biometric travel document accompanied by their legal representatives, for the period of validity of the entry visa in the passport of the accompanying person, but not more than 90 days from the date of entry into Uzbekistan.
If foreign citizens reach the age of 16 during their stay on the territory of Uzbekistan, an exit visa should be obtained by migration service.
The cost of evisa is $20 that is paid online during the application process using major cards. An electronic visa is for single entry only, allows to stay up to 30 days in the territory of Uzbekistan and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
To apply for a visa, you need to apply at least three working days before the planned date of travel to Uzbekistan. The visa application is processed within two working days not counting the day of submitting the application. Evisa is sent by email to applicant's email address.
Besides, they plan to introduce by the end of this year new types of visas for foreign citizens visiting Uzbekistan:
Silkroad - for tourists traveling through all Silk Road countries;
Vatandosh - a 5-year visa for natives of Uzbekistan and members of their families;
Golden visa - a 10-year visa for major foreign investors.
The list of countries whose citizens are eligible for evisa and visa-free transit to Uzbekistan:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- China, including Hong Kong
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- New Zealand
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland