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Visa-free countries for Uzbekistan

Visa-free countries for Uzbekistan
| Updated on Nov 02, 2018
Every state has a visa policy, and in that policy are all the rules that govern the movement between the citizens of other countries to that particular state. Uzbekistan is no different, and its visa policy is somewhat similar to the rest of the world. There are a few differences, of course, like the exit visa system, but that is about to be abolished starting January 2019. At least that is what we know at the moment.

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One other thing that all visa policies include is a list of visa-exempt countries. Uzbekistan has one too. As a result, the citizens of said countries are allowed to enter Uzbekistan without a visa. All they need is a passport. Of course, the period of time which they can spend in Uzbekistan differs depending on their nationality. That is why there are three categories of visa-free countries for Uzbekistan: 30-days stay, 60 days, and the 90-day stay. They are as follows:

  • 90 days – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine

  • 60 days – only Kyrgyzstan

  • 30 days – Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Tajikistan, and Turkey.

What about the citizens of other countries?

Unfortunately, the list is limited for now, but there is good news as well. As of July 2018, Uzbekistan decided to adopt the electronic visa system. Again, the list of eligible nationalities is limited to about 60 countries, but it is still better than nothing. As a result, the people who qualify can apply online for an Uzbekistan visa instead of going to an embassy.

If you are not from one of the visa-free countries for Uzbekistan and you qualify for an electronic visa, you will have the easiest time applying. You can use the services rendered by iVisa. The entire process is online, and you only need a few things to help iVisa get started. Here is what you need:

  • Passport – every applicant needs to have a passport. Moreover, the passport needs to keep its validity for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Uzbekistan. Take a quick look at your passport’s expiry date before you apply.

  • Digital scan of your passport – iVisa will ask you to upload a scan of your passport during the application process. The format should be JPEG.

  • Digital passport photo – a photo of you must be linked to your e-visa, which is why you need to have one taken. It is preferable that the picture is as recent as possible.

  • E-mail address – iVisa will send you your visa via e-mail, so make sure you have a valid e-mail address. Do not forget to print out the document you receive. We recommend that you print several copies so that you have spares.

  • Means of payment – when you fill in the application form, you will be required to make the payment for both the visa itself and the service fee for iVisa. You can use a credit/debit card, PayPal, Alipay, or WeChat.

If you do not qualify for an Uzbekistan e-visa, your only option is the consular visa. You can get a visa on arrival too at the Tashkent International Airport, but even that entails a visit to Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You need to get a visa confirmation. Other than that, if you are lucky enough to be eligible for an electronic visa, you will see just how accessible it is. Not to mention that you can get your document in as little as 48 hours.

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