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Electronic visas to Uzbekistan are introduced from July 15, 2018
05 July 2018

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:

  1. Albania 
  2. Algeria 
  3. Andorra
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Argentina
  6. Austria
  7. Australia
  8. Bahamas
  9. Bahrain
  10. Barbados
  11. Belgium
  12. Belize
  13. Bhutan
  14. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  15. Brazil
  16. Brunei Darussalam
  17. Bulgaria
  18. Canada
  19. Chile
  20. China, including Hong Kong
  21. Colombia
  22. Costa Rica
  23. Croatia
  24. Cyprus
  25. Czech Republic
  26. Denmark
  27. Dominica
  28. Dominican Republic
  29. Ecuador
  30. Equatorial Guinea
  31. Estonia
  32. Fiji
  33. Finland
  34. France
  35. Gabon
  36. Germany
  37. Greece
  38. Grenada
  39. Guatemala
  40. Guyana
  41. Honduras
  42. Hungary
  43. Iceland
  44. India
  45. Ireland
  46. Italy
  47. Jamaica
  48. Kuwait
  49. Latvia
  50. Lebanon
  51. Liechtenstein
  52. Lithuania
  53. Luxembourg
  54. Macedonia
  55. Maldives
  56. Malta
  57. Mauritius
  58. Mexico
  59. Monaco
  60. Mongolia
  61. Montenegro
  62. Morocco
  63. Nauru
  64. Netherlands
  65. New Zealand
  66. Norway
  67. Oman
  68. Palau
  69. Panama
  70. Peru
  71. Philippines
  72. Poland
  73. Portugal
  74. Qatar
  75. Romania
  76. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  77. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  78. Saint Lucia
  79. San Marino
  80. Saudi Arabia
  81. Serbia
  82. Seychelles
  83. Slovakia
  84. Slovenia
  85. South Africa
  86. Spain
  87. Sri Lanka
  88. Suriname
  89. Sweden
  90. Switzerland
  91. Thailand
  92. Trinidad and Tobago
  93. Tunis
  94. Turkmenistan
  95. United Arab Emirates
  96. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  97. Uruguay
  98. USA
  99. Vatican
  100. Venezuela
  101. Vietnam
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