Formal name: The Republic of Uzbekistan
Location of Uzbekistan: The Republic of Uzbekistan is situated in the central part of Central Asia between two rivers: Amu Darya and Syr Darya.
There are Turan Lowland in the northwest, and Tien-Shan and Pamir-Alay mountain ridges in the southeast of the territory. Kyzyl Kum Desert is in the North. Uzbekistan borders Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, and Afghanistan in the South. Capital: Tashkent Area: total 448.900 km2:
land: 425.400 km2, water: 22,000 km2.
Land boundaries: total: 6.221 km,
border countries: Afghanistan 137 km, Kazakhstan 2.203 km, Kyrgyzstan 1.099 km, Tajikistan 1.161 km, Turkmenistan 1.621 km
Population: more than 31,5 million people
Language: Uzbekistan is multination country. Uzbek is the state language, Russian is the language of international communication.
Administrative and Territorial Structure: Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakistan, 12 regions, 226 cities and districts.
Currency: All payments must be done in sum, the national currency of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Currency exchange offices are available in every city of Uzbekistan.
National Symbols: Flag of Uzbekistan, Emblem of Uzbekistan. Climate: The climate of Uzbekistan is extremely continental with a great number of sunny days. Average monthly temperature in January is from 10 to +3oC. Summer is hot and dry. Average monthly temperature in July is from +35 to +45oC. Autumn is warm enough and is the season when delicious fruits and vegetables are in abundance in numerous bazaars (markets). Average annual temperature is 13oC.
Visa free nationalities
Citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine DO NOT NEED A VISA to enter the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Where to apply for Uzbekistan Visa?
You can apply for a visa where Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate exist. Please note that required documents and visa fees may differ based on your citizenship and where you apply.
Visa at the airport
It is possible to obtain a visa at the international arrivals lounge of Tashkent International Airport, if both of the following conditions are met:
- There is no Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate in the country, where you are originating your flight to Uzbekistan;
- Connecting flight to Uzbekistan, in the country where Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate exists, does not provide enough time to obtain a visa.
Visa application requirements:
You can download the official visa application form for applying tourist visa at evisa.mfa.uz.
Uzbekistan Visa Support / Letter of Invitation (LOI)
Visa support (letter of invitation, LOI) is a document required to obtain tourist visa to Uzbekistan. LOI application is prepared by a travel agency and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Who does not need LOI?
VISA SUPPORT/LOI (LETTER OF INVITATION) IS NOT REQUIRED for nationals of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Passport holders of these countries apply for tourist visa directly at Uzbekistan diplomatic missions. However, LOI might be requested if an application is submitted outside of the country of citizenship.
To get a visa support letter, please do the following:
- Fill out Uzbekistan Visa Support / Letter of Invitation (LOI) Form given below;
- Book a tour package;
- Email us a good quality scan of your passport (full page that clearly shows all text, photo, signature, bar code);
- Email us a scan of a letter with the company seal from your employer confirming your employment and position (retired and housewives do not need to provide a letter);
- Flight tickets itinerary or flight reservation form (required only if visa is to be obtained upon arrival at Tashkent International Airport).
Safety in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is a country of low crime. Petty crime rates in Tashkent are comparatively low and there is a very visible police presence throughout the city. It is advised to make copies of your passports and visas.
Protecting Your Property
Simple rules should be observed when you walk on the streets, for example, do not display large sums of money. Visitors are urged to carry cash in a safe money belt, using hotel safes as much as possible for keeping passports, tickets and valuables. (this is applied to visitors in groups, individuals may need to have their passports at hand all the time).
You should avoid the local gypsies (locally called ‘louli’) who gather near big sights and beg. If they approach, you should not stop for them and keep a firm hold of your possessions. If you have your property stolen, report it to the local police for insurance policies. Visitors in groups should fully rely on local ‘through’ guides to deal with the police.
Like in any other country, it is advisable to hand over belongings that are demanded with menace. Women are unlikely to encounter sexual harassment, though they should ignore curb-crawlers and avoid taking a taxi alone at night.
There is a certain threat to people on the street posed by careless drivers. Visitors should be very careful while crossing roads, especially major roads.
All guests (except for tourist groups) are recommended to have their passports on them at all times. If stopped by the police, you will have to show them your passport and hotel registration card and follow them to the police station should they demand it.
For such cases it is strongly desirable to have phone numbers of your respective Embassy and the travel company/person who sponsored your visa. It is also advisable to keep the above-mentioned travel company or person informed on your whereabouts and future plans.
At times, Uzbek authorities will announce that some of the provinces or districts are either closed or of limited access for visitors is in effect there. Such measures are usually taken to ensure safety of visitors.
Uzbekistan is a country with semi-transparent borders, some neighboring countries pursue different security policies and standards. Therefore, official recommendations need to be taken seriously.
It is prohibited to take pictures of airports, railway and subway stations. Also, it is not recommended to take photos while crossing border controls or moving through railway bridges.