Visa on arrival - evidence for airline
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 5, 2010 12:55 PM Last Post By: Steamlover
Apr 2, 2010 2:18 PM
Visa on arrival - evidence for airlineSeveral of us are going to Uzbekistan for an annual meeting. We have sent off our applications for visas on arrival. We have been told that the relevant Ministry refuses to issue acknowledgements of the applications. We worry that check-in desks at the airlines will refuse to accept us as passengers without Uzbekistan-sourced papers. Several potential travellers are already thinking of pulling out of the programme.
Has anyone experience with travelling to Tashkent without a visa or evidence that they will receive a visa on arrival?
Enquiries to the airlines vary from "bring a copy of your application" to "we will stick to the regulations", by the way.
Apr 2, 2010 9:19 PM
1For such a tricky problem with no room for delays, you may want to work with StanTours, who charges a reasonable fee to assist with visa issues for travelers from many different countries to all the 'Stans. They may be able to contact the ministry on behalf of your group and find out the correct information.
Apr 2, 2010 10:38 PM
2Without any proof of visa approval, you shouldn't even be allowed on the plane. You will be denied entry into Uzbekistan as any foreigner would trying to illegally enter another country. The visa on arrival is not really on arrival. It has to be pre-approved by the Uzbek government. They will issue documentation stating that the visa is approved and allow VOA. This is directly for the MFA of Uzbekistan.
Foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving from the countries where there is no diplomatic representation or consular mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan can get visas upon arrival at the Visa Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the Tashkent International Airport. In this case the inviting physical or juridical person in Uzbekistan must apply in advance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan in due order, get visa confirmation (stamp) of the Visa Division of the Consular Department and forward it to the invited person. This confirmation should be shown by invited person while buying an air-ticket and passing through passport control and the visa shall be issued on its basis on arrival at the Visa Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the Tashkent International Airport.
Apr 3, 2010 6:50 AM
I have to agree with the other two posts.
I recently went to Uz for the first time 3 weeks ago, I was emailed all the necessary paperwork within a week. I dealt with David B at StanTours (firstname.lastname@example.org). He and his team provided a first rate service. He was always well informed and quick to respond to my many queries.
Apr 5, 2010 4:23 AM
4They will issue documentation stating that the visa is approved and allow VOA
Exactly. And that should be enough to show the airline. Presumably you are getting a business visa so no need to muck around with travel agents. The inviting business should give you everything you need. This should include a viza 'talabnomasi' (invitation?) with a stamp on it that states, "a visa for your name will be issued at the Tashkent International Airport upon his/her arrival". This should be enough to show to the airline. If the inviting business is not giving you a talabnomasi, then something is fishy.
If you are dealing directly with the Ministry, then maybe you aren't getting a business visa? I don't know. Whoever is inviting you should definitely be sending you something.
Apr 5, 2010 12:55 PM
5Just to say how much I have appreciated the comments. I have sent them onto other affected people. The essence is that the Asian Development Bank is holding its annual meeting in Tashkent. As Uzbekistan does not have embassies in most of the member countries attendees have been applying for visas on arrival basis. We have been told that the MFA decided not to issue LOI or application confirmations and this is the nub of the problem. We all know how airlines can - rightfully - be reluctant to board people without the appropriate documentations. Because of this, a number of people have put a hold on their reservations.
There is some sign of progress in that the Bank and the Ministry have now sent some of us an e-mail with advice that presenting this e-mail, with all the other documentation, should suffice. Which is good. Except that, being passport specific, our spouses are not (yet) covered.
Again, the information in this thread has beeb great and, I think, instremental in our persuading the Bank that there is a problem.
Thank you, all
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