General information about Uzbekistan visas
Last updated: August 14, 2019
To enter Uzbekistan or transit through its territory, a visa is generally required. However, a visa-free entry regime applies to citizens of certain countries. In addition, citizens of 54 countries can transit Uzbekistan for up to 5 days without a visa.
Electronic visas were introduced on 15 July 2018. More information on Uzbekistan’s visa requirements and the application process are provided below.
Citizens of the following post-soviet countries do not need an Uzbekistan visa for visits of up to 60 days: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine.
The citizens of the countries listed below do not need a visa for visits of up to 30 days:
AAndorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria
BBelgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria
CCanada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus
GGermany (as of January 15, 2019), Greece
IIceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy
KRepublic of Korea
LLatvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
MMalaysia, Malta, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro
NNetherlands, New Zealand, Norway
SSan Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
UUnited Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern ireland
As of January 1, 2020 nationals from the following countries can take advantage of visa-free entry into Uzbekistan, thanks to the expansion of visa waiver list.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Trinidad and Tobago
From 1 January 2020 Chinese citizens (including the citizens of Hong Kong) are granted 7-day visa-free entry to Uzbekistan if they arrive at international airports.
Applying for an electronic visa
Citizens of many countries can now get e-visas (single, double, or multiple entry) through the e-visa portal. After completing the application form, you will receive confirmation by email that your application has been received, and will be asked to pay the visa fee. The fee is US$20 for a single-entry visa, US$35 for double-entry, and US$50 for multiple-entry.
When your Uzbekistan e-visa is ready, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. This will provide a link to the portal from which you can download the e-visa in PDF format. You must print out a copy of this e-visa to show when checking in for your flight and when entering and leaving Uzbekistan. You must also carry a copy of the e-visa with you throughout your trip around Uzbekistan. Electronic copies of the e-visa (such as on your mobile phone) are not sufficient – you must carry a hard copy.
In the unlikely event that the e-visa is not granted, you will be notified by email. In this case, you may wish to try applying for an Uzbekistan visa at an embassy or consulate instead.
Citizens of the following countries can obtain e-visa:
AAlbania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda
BBahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia
CCabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba
DDominica, Dominican Republic
EEcuador, Egypt, El Salvador
GGabon, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana
HHong Kong, Honduras
MMacedonia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Morocco
NNauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, North Korea
PPalau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines
SSaint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname
TThailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia
UUnited States, Uruguay
VVanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam
More detailed information on the electronic visa to Uzbekistan is available here.
Applying for a visa through an embassy or consulate
Applying for a tourist visa for Uzbekistan through an embassy or consulate involves two steps:
- Obtaining visa support (permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
- Obtaining a visa from an Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan — or, in some cases, obtaining a visa on arrival at the airport.
Uzbekistan Visa Support / Letter of Invitation (LOI)
Visa support is a kind of permission for a tourist to apply for a visa to Uzbekistan. A travel agency licensed by the State Committee for Tourism Development must submit, on the tourist’s behalf, a letter of invitation (LOI) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan. The Ministry reviews the document within 7 working days. After this, the Ministry sends its permission by telex to the embassy or consulate at which the tourist plans to apply for the visa. Once the Ministry has granted its permission, the travel agency provides the tourist with the telex number that he or she will need to provide as a reference when applying for the visa. The Ministry has the right to refuse to issue the visa support without providing an explanation.
If you haven't found your nationality in the visa-free and e-visa lists, you will need to obtain Visa Support, a.k.a. a Letter Of Invitation (LOI) and apply for an Uzbekistan visa at the embassy.
We would be pleased to provide you with visa support at no extra cost as a part of a tour package booked with us. Please note that, to obtain the visa, you will also have to pay consular fees at the Embassy or Consulate. These fees range from US$40 to US$200, depending on your citizenship and the duration of your stay.
Obtaining the visa from an embassy or consulate
After you receive the telex number, you can apply for your visa at an embassy or consulate. You will need to provide your completed visa application form, your passport, telex number, and one passport-size photo; and pay the consular fees.
You can download the official application form for an Uzbek tourist visa from: evisa.mfa.uz. This form is accepted in all embassies and consulates of Uzbekistan.
Obtaining a visa on arrival at the airport
You can get a visa on arrival at the airport in Tashkent if:
• You are a citizen of a country that does not have an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan and/or
• You have insufficient time to get a visa at an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan (if you are travelling to Uzbekistan via a country with an embassy but only spending a short time there, or if you live in a country with an embassy but your visit to Uzbekistan is within the next 2 months).
If you are from a country eligible for an e-visa, we recommend that you apply for an e-visa rather than a visa on arrival.
To obtain a visa on arrival, you must present your passport, return ticket, and visa fee (in cash) at the visa desk in the airport. If you are from a country that is not eligible for the e-visa, you must also present a visa support letter. You must apply for visa support in advance (see process above).
Transit visa for Uzbekistan
Passport holders of the countries listed below are permitted to transit Uzbekistan for up to 5 days without a visa. To be eligible for visa-free transit, you must arrive in and depart from Uzbekistan on Uzbekistan Airways, and present your airline ticket on arrival at the airport.
If you need a transit visa (valid for 3 days/72 hours), you must apply in advance via an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In addition to the standard documents required to apply for a tourist visa, you must provide an airline or rail ticket that shows your arrival and departure dates.
The processing time for a transit visa is 3 working days.
АAlbania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda
BBahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan
CChina, incl. Hong Kong, Colombia, Costa Rica
DDominica, Dominican Republic
EEcuador, Equatorial Guinea
GGabon, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana
MMacedonia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco
PPalau, Panama, Peru, Philippines
SSaint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname
TThailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan Visa for Applicants under 16
Foreign citizens under the age of 16 do not need a visa to enter Uzbekistan if they:
- are accompanied by a parent or guardian who has an entry visa to Uzbekistan, and
- have a passport or biometric travel document.
The length of the child’s stay is limited to the period of validity of his parent or guardian’s visa (but, in any case, cannot exceed 90 days). A foreign citizen who will reach the age of 16 during his or her stay in Uzbekistan needs to obtain an exit visa at the Office of Entry, Exit and Citizenship.