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How can I visit Uzbekistan doing the right procedure?

by Jorge
(San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Queston: My name is Jorge and I'm a contractor for the U.S. Army working in AFGHANISTAN.

On September 12th my company will fly me from AFGHANISTAN to UAE, DUBAI to start my vacation.

On September 13th I will fly from DUBAI to INDONESIA, BALI and spend 1 week of vacation there. I believe I do not need a visa for Indonesia right?

After 1 week in INDONESIA I would like to spend the last two weeks of my vacation in TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN.

Do I need to apply for a visa to go to Uzbekistan? Can I just buy the visa upon entry to Uzbekistan? What are the right procedures to follow if I'd like to visit Uzbekistan?

Answer: Following is the latest entry requirements provided by the Department of State.


A passport is required to enter the UAE. For personal travel of 30 days or fewer, U.S. citizens holding valid tourist passports may obtain visitor visas at the port of entry for no fee.


You will need a passport valid for at least six months following the date of arrival. Indonesian authorities regularly deny entry to all foreigners who arrive with passports expiring in less than six months. The U.S. Embassy cannot obtain entry permission for U.S. citizens with expiring passports. If you arrive and your passport has less than six months validity, Indonesian authorities will require you to depart Indonesia immediately to obtain a new U.S. passport elsewhere; you will not be allowed to renew your passport here and follow-up later with Indonesian authorities. Also, if your passport does not have the required 6 month's validity remaining on your passport, you may be denied boarding at your point of origin or at a transit point en route. Generally, you should expect to wait two weeks for a U.S. passport to be issued outside of the U.S.

You are not required to have a visa to enter Indonesia for stays under 30 days. Tourist passport holders traveling for private purposes are given a 30-day no-fee entry stamp on arrival at the airports in Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Banda Aceh, Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Balikpapan, Pontianak, Kupang, Batam, and South Sumatra. Visas-on-Arrival are valid for 30 days and cost U.S. $25. If you prefer to obtain the visa before your trip, you can apply yourself at the Consulate General of Indonesia in Houston or employ the services of a visa expediting service.

If you are entering Indonesia through Bali, you must to have two entirely blank passport pages in your passport. If you are entering through other ports of entry, you must have at least one blank page. Indonesian immigration inspectors do not consider amendment pages in your passport as blank pages.


A passport and Uzbek visa are required. Visas are issued by Uzbek embassies and consulates abroad. Visas are not available upon arrival at Uzbek airports. U.S. citizens seeking visas are encouraged to apply for their visas well in advance of their travel. If necessary, an expediter can help you get a visa to Uzbekistan quickly.

The Uzbek government tightly controls all official border crossings. Travel within Uzbekistan by rail or land sometimes requires brief exit into neighboring countries. Travelers should have multiple-entry Uzbek visas and a proper visa for the neighboring country in order to avoid delays in travel.

All travelers present in Uzbekistan for more than three business days must register with the Office of Entry, Exit, and Citizenship, commonly known as “OVIR,” of the district or city in which they are staying. Hotel guests are registered automatically, but all other travelers are responsible for registering themselves. Registration fees vary depending on length of stay. Visitors without proper registration are subject to fines, imprisonment, and deportation. The fines range from $1,000 to $12,000.

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