Tourists travelling via Uzbekistan to get short-term visas at Uzbek airports

Starting from May 1, 2018, airports in Uzbekistan will start issuing short-term transit visas for a period of three days, local media promulgated the corresponding decree issued by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyev.

At the end of 2017, the requirements for individual and group tourism were simplified in Uzbekistan. A program of religious tourism is being developed. In early December, the country introduced a single tourist visa for foreigners for a period of 30 days, reducing its cost by 30%. Previously, a tourist visa was issued for seven or 15 days.

“To introduce the issuance of short-term entry visas since May 1, 2018 upon arrival of foreign passengers traveling in transit for a period of 72 hours,” the document says.

According to the document, foreign passengers must have an air ticket and visa (if necessary) to a third country as well as pay consular fees. The Uzbek Cabinet of Ministers will have to determine a list of countries the citizens of which will be provided with short stay visas upon arrival.

The President of Uzbekistan instructed to introduce the procedure by May 1st for the short-term exit for foreign citizens who have received transit visas, beyond the border area of the airport for familiarization tourism.

Last Saturday, Mr. Mirziyev signed a decree on introducing a visa-free regime for citizens of Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and Japan since February 10, as well as a simplified procedure for issuing tourist visas for citizens of 39 more countries.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, at present, the simplified procedure for issuing tourist visas for two days is valid for citizens of eleven countries of Europe, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and Japan. Visa-free regime was established by Uzbekistan for CIS countries and Georgia except Tajikistan.

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