Replies: 20 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 1:05 PM Last Post By: gossome
Feb 19, 2013 10:55 AM
visa requirmentsI was planning a trip to Uzbekistan in may, but it seems nearly impossible to obtain a visa. I am dutch so I need a letter of invitation (loi). But recently you must give a schedule of your trip (day to day) and book your hotels (and pay for them) beforehand.
Via a dutch visacentre I got an offer of an Uzbekian travelagency which was $250 for the loi and $20 per night for my stay, but the hotels I had to pay for seperately. I have tried an other Uzbekian travelagency where I could obtain the loi for free as long as I booked a trip with them for my entire stay. This was also expensive and not to my liking.
What can I do to get to Uzbekistan without paying so much?
Feb 19, 2013 2:39 PM
1There are agencies who will provide you with an Uzbek LOI without requiring you to book hotels.
I used StanTours ( www.stantours.com ) for an Uzbek LOI several years ago. At that time it cost $35, but it may be slightly more now. It was all pretty straightforward.
Feb 19, 2013 8:17 PM
Feb 20, 2013 12:23 AM
3I used Stantours recently to obtain LOIs for my husband & myself - visiting Uzbekistan 6-26 May 2013. David is reliable in replying to emails. The total cost was in the vicinity of USD100 approx for 2 LOIs. All in all, it took about 10 days to process. Cheers.
Feb 20, 2013 4:41 AM
4Thank all of you. But to obtain a visa it is for me not sufficient to have a loi I have to present a day to day schedule with hotels paid for. Maybe not everybody needs this, but dutch citizens (Netherlands) do so. This is very recently, but it seems to be true. Is there anybody with the same experience or anybody who knows more about this?
Feb 20, 2013 5:29 PM
5The requirement for a detailed itinerary with hotel confirmations does sound like a new development. I hope the Dutch and Uzbek governments aren't having some kind of quarrel.
In the past I once needed to provide an itinerary, but I simply provided a letter from me saying that I planned to visit the cities of X, Y, and Z for tourism. That worked OK.
You might want to double-check the source that said hotel confirmations were necessary. I fear that some travel agencies selling hotel bookings might be keen to encourage such an idea.
I would also suggest that you contact StanTours and ask their advice. They have a lot of experience arranging Uzbek visas and they are very likely to know if there have been any recent changes and what the current rules are.
Best wishes, - Graham
Feb 20, 2013 8:23 PM
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.
Feb 22, 2013 3:39 AM
7We, Dutchies, have to arrange our visa in Brussels and can't get one on arrival so far as I'm told.
I am waiting for my LOI and gonna ask for a visa in April, since I'm traveling in July.
I haven't heard that it's necessary again to book all your accommodation in advance. It was at one point, but is it necessary again?
Feb 22, 2013 3:51 AM
Feb 22, 2013 4:59 AM
9Following your advice I have send an e=mail to Stantours and I hope they can help me.
Maybe I should book the hotels myself but as I have never visited Uzbekistan before I don't know anything about hotels and prices. I am planning to stay in Tashkent, Khiva, Buchara and Samarkand.
Does anyone hava some tips?
Feb 22, 2013 5:55 AM
A couple of times I read good reviews from Johangir in Tashkent en Samarkand. And Komil in Bukhara. I'm thinking about staying at the Amulet hotel in Bukhara.
Prices depends on which hotels you like to stay in, 2.3, 4 star, etc.
I'm traveling alone for one week, then I go on an organized tour to Kyrgyzstan.
I'll travel by train between the cities and arrange pick-ups from the accommodation where I'm staying.
It isn't that hard to arrange it by yourself. But then again, you have to book your accommodation in advance, for the visa. So you could book it through an agent.
Enjoy (de voorpret ;) ) and good luck!
Feb 22, 2013 11:49 AM
Feb 23, 2013 6:09 AM
Feb 23, 2013 8:37 AM
13I contacted Stantours and they know nothing of this obligation to book your hotels in advance but all the reliable dutch organisations which assist at obtaining a visa state that it is absolutely neccesary.
To be on the safe side I am going to book my hotels in advance and get my LOI from Stantours.
It is all very confusing and nobody knows why this is the case and seemingly only for dutch citizens'
Feb 23, 2013 9:12 AM
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