An Uzbekistan visa lasts for 30 days and you must specify the exact date of entry on your application. You will be issued with a visa for these dates. This is a pain as you have to know exactly when you will enter.
If you are cycling this means it’s probably better to get the Uzbek visa in Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan or possibly India (if you’re good at cycling to a schedule) so that you can get there on time.
Letter of Invitation (LOI)
The following nationalities don’t need an LOI: UK, Greece, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Latvia, Japan, Malaysia, US.
This list of nations changes quite often.
If you need an LOI, you can get these from several agencies. We used Stan Tours who are very efficient and charge about 30 Euros. If you have a Money Bookers account you can get the letter in a couple of days.
You will need to have a letter from your employer saying that you have a job and your itinerary, and you must specify where you are going to apply for your visa. If this changes you will need a new LOI!!!!
The process at the embassy is generally quite simple. You can download forms at the Uzbekistan Government website.
You will need a photo and a photocopy of your passport and a completed form.
Most of the embassies have a time in the morning for handing in forms and a time in the afternoon for picking them up.
They will probably ask you to go and pay the fee into their bank account at a bank and come back with a receipt.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have embassies in Uzbekistan and there are road borders for all these countries.
You won’t be able to get a Turkmen visa without having an Iranian visa.
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