I thought Uzbekistan was fascinating, largely because I had no clue what to expect going in. It’s a country that not many Americans visit, and for that matter it’s a country that hasn’t really been actively soliciting visitors, given that they had a complicated visa process (though Allied made it easy on me).
There’s some good news on this front. As reported by Rapid Travel Chai, Uzbekistan will soon become much more accessible. Uzbekistan is expected to introduce a new e-visa and transit without visa scheme as of July 15, 2018. While that date has been published, I wouldn’t necessarily count on the date sticking — for example, Saudi Arabia was supposed to introduce tourist visas as of April, but we’re still waiting.
Specifically, Uzbekistan will introduce a five day transit without visa program. Those traveling by air will be able to transit Uzbekistan without paying any fees or filling out any advance application. In order to be eligible, visitors must hold a passport from one of 101 eligible countries, and visitors must be transiting international airports (not crossing any land borders).
Furthermore, Uzbekistan will be introducing e-visas, meaning that those wishing to stay longer or cross land borders will be able to do so without having to send in their passport. E-visas will be available at e-visa.uz, though the site isn’t working yet.
This will be open to 101 nationalities, there will be a $20 application fee, and you’ll have to fill out the application at least three business days prior to travel. It will be for a single entry visa valid for up to 30 days, and can be used within 90 days from the date of issue.
I love seeing countries become more accessible by eliminating visa complications, so it’s great to see this development from Uzbekistan.
Will the easing of entry requirements for Uzbekistan cause any of you to visit?