The Uzbekistan e-visa system will be launched on July 15th. This new e-visa for Uzbekistan will be available for citizens of 101 countries. Uzbekistan's electronic visa will be a single entry visa and will be valid for up to 30 days. Travellers are advised to submit their e-visa application at least three days prior to their trip. Once an application has been reviewed by the automated system, the approved e-visa will be sent to the applicant's email.
As of October, Uzbekistan will introduce different visa categories for foreign nationals who wish to visit the country:
- Silkroad - for tourists who wish to visit the countries that make up the Silk Road.
- Vatandosh - a 5-year visa for natives of Uzbekistan and their family members.
- Golden visa - a 10-year visa for foreign investors.
The e-visa for Uzbekistan will be available for citizens from India, Turkmenistan, China, Germany, France, Latvia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and many more nations. The government of the UK reports on their official website that most visits to Uzbekistan are trouble-free. On February 10th of this year, 2018, Uzbekistan abolished the visa requirement for 7 countries, which are Israel, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Turkey.
Travel with the Uzbekistan e-visa
As of July 15th, citizens of 101 countries will be able to obtain an Uzbekistan e-visa to visit the country for a period of up to five days. The single entry visa is valid for 30 days and can be used for transit purposes. The cost of obtaining the electronic visa will be of 20 USD. Travellers will have to apply for the e-Visa for Uzbekistan at least three days in advance before their trip.
Travellers who wish to visit Uzbekistan should also take into consideration Custom Regulations. Upon arrival in Uzbekistan, travellers are required to complete two identical declaration forms, one must be handed upon departure. Visitors must also declare every cent of every type of money they have on them. It is advised to declare all medicines with their respective prescriptions.
Tourism in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is a country that might not necessarily be a popular holiday destination, but, it has much to offer to its foreign visitors. The country has a fascinating history that can be appreciated in its monuments, mosques, and buildings.
Set between the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers, Uzbekistan is located in the heart of Central Asia. Iranian nomads built the towns of Bukhara and Samarqand during the first millennium and established irrigation systems along the rivers. Both these towns were essential points of transit. The name of Silk Road is born to refer to this exchange point between China and Europe. Travellers can explore the Silk Road and get a sense of the value Uzbekistan once had for the economy of the countries in the region.
Top attractions in Uzbekistan include:
- Registan - The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty.
- Shah-i-Zinda - is a necropolis in the north-eastern part of Samarkand.
- Savitsky Museum - State Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitsky - also known as the Nukus Museum.
- Kalyan Minaret - a minaret of the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex in Bukhara
- Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum - the mausoleum of the Asian conqueror Timur
- The Ark of Bukhara is a massive fortress located in the city of Bukhara
- Bibi-Khanym Mosque - In the 15th century it was one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world
- Tosh-Hovli Palace - an impressive palace situated in Khiva
The main cities to visit are Samarkand, Bukhara, Nukus and Khiva. To visit Uzbekistan, travellers who qualify for an electronic visa should apply for one as off July 15th. More than a 100 countries are eligible for the Uzbekistan e-visa.