17 Dec Essential Guide to Getting an E-Visa for Uzbekistan 2020
Your Essential Guide to Getting an E-Visa for Uzbekistan in 2020
All visitors to Uzbekistan require a visa, except for citizens of certain countries. Visitors to Uzbekistan must either apply for a regular visa in the closest Uzbekistan embassy/consulate or an e-visa by visiting the official e-visa portal. The Uzbek government introduced e-visas on July 15, 2018. The e-visa is a hassle-free way to obtain a visa, and it is suitable for most tourists. We will provide you with the most updated information you need to know before applying for an Uzbekistan visa.
Visa Exempt Countries
The following post-Soviet countries do not require a visa to enter Uzbekistan. However, it should be noted that the visa exemption applies to visitors traveling for short-term stays in Uzbekistan. Passport holders of these visa-exempt countries can stay in Uzbekistan for stays of up to 60 days.
60-day Visa Exemption Countries
To visit Uzbekistan for a short-term visit (up to 30 days), citizens of these countries can travel without a visa:
30-day Visa Exemption Countries
- Children under 16 do not require a visa if they have a valid biometric passport and are accompanied by a parent/guardian who has an entry visa. The length of the child’s stay cannot exceed 90 days and is limited to the period of validity of his parent/ guardian’s visa. If your child reaches 16 during his/her stay in Uzbekistan, you need to obtain an exit visa for her/him at the Office of Entry, Exit and Citizenship
- From January 1, 2020, citizens from China and Hong Kong can gain entry without a visa to Uzbekistan through international airports for up to 7 days.
Who is eligible for visa-free transit?
To be eligible for visa-free transit, you must satisfy the following requirements. If any of the following requirements are not met, you need to apply for a transit visa in the closest embassy/consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Processing and issuing a transit-visa takes 3 working days and is valid for 72 hours.
- Departing from Uzbekistan on Uzbekistan Airways
- Transiting Uzbekistan for 5 days or less
- Citizens of one of the following countries (↓)
Visa-Free Transit Countries
E-visa application process
Applying for an e-visa is much easier and you can avoid visiting the embassy/consulate, and the application process is much simpler than a normal visa. To get an e-visa, you don’t have to visit an Uzbek embassy physically for a visa interview. The only thing you must have is a passport that is valid for at least 3 months beyond the date of arrival. Your passport-size photograph must meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Most people are not aware of the ICAO standard photograph and will not be able to submit their e-visa application at once. Please, read below the photo specification guidelines for the e-visa application.
Three types of e-tourist visas are now available with the validity of single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry. The fee for the single-entry e-tourist visa is US$20, US$35 for double-entry, and US$50 for multiple-entry. You can only make the payment using Visa cards. An e-visa is valid for 30 days within a period of 90 days from the day you applied.
You can apply for an e-visa by visiting the official e-visa portal; it only takes 2-3 working days. Once you submit the online application form and make the necessary payment, you will receive a confirmation email. In the email, you will find a link to the portal form where you can download the e-visa in a PDF format. You will be asked for a hard copy of the e-visa, even though you have a copy on your mobile phone/tablet.
If your e-visa application is rejected and an e-visa is not granted, you will be notified by email and you may consider applying through the closest Uzbekistan embassy or consulate.
Once an e-visa is issued, the information cannot be changed. So, it is very important to double-check it before the final submission. If you receive the e-visa and realize there is a mistake in the visa such as your name, passport number, etc., you will need to get a new e-visa. That means you have to re-do the process.
Who is Eligible for an E-Visa?
Passport holders of the following countries are eligible for an Uzbekistan e-visa.
E-Visa Eligible Countries
E-Visa Photo Specifications Guidelines
The application photo must fulfill the standards specified by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). It is difficult to find the exact requirements of ICAO photo standards. To avoid wasting your time uploading your photo multiple times, follow the below instructions when you upload your photo.
- Use a plain, light-colored background
- No more than 6-months old
- Showing both edges of face clearly (no tilted picture)
- 35×40 mm size, 300 dpi resolution, and no more than 1 MB
- Need to have a return ticket
- At least one blank page must be available in your passport for visa
- Cannot take more foreign currency out of the country than the amount you declared when you entered the country