MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

Entering Uzbekistan, at the heart of the Silk Road, has just gotten simpler – much simpler.

As of July 15, 2018, U.S. travelers can apply, pay for, and receive Uzbek visas online, within three business days of their application. The e-visa is good for a stay of up to 30 days in Uzbekistan, and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. The consular fee for this is a mere $20.00 USD.

A musical performance of Katta Ashula in Uzbekistan. Photo credit: Richard Fejfar

A musical performance in Uzbekistan
Photo credit: Richard Fejfar

Hold on to Your Passport!

Gone are the days of parting with your passport (and some $270) to obtain the colorful stickers that formerly allowed you entry into Uzbekistan.

Simply apply at least three working days prior to your dates of travel at E-VISA.UZ, filling out the forms and following the online directions.

Selling bread with a smile in Uzbekistan Photo credit: Lindsay Fincher

Selling bread with a smile in Uzbekistan
Photo credit: Lindsay Fincher

Transit Tranquility

If you’re simply transiting through an Uzbek airport, with a stay in-country of 5 days or less, you don’t need a visa at all. (You must have a ticket to a third country, and your carrier must send your info to the Uzbek Border Guard Service.)

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara is Uzbekistan’s best-preserved oasis city
Photo credit: Peter Guttman

The Must-See ‘Stan

If you can visit only one Silk Road country in your life, make it Uzbekistan. Home to the fabled Silk Road oases Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, the country has preserved more of the flavor and color of the ancient caravans than any other place on earth.

Check out these articles to learn more about what awaits you in this fabulous country:

More photos and info:



Travel to Uzbekistan with MIR
Margilan, Uzbekistan. Photo: Michel Behar

A MIR traveler shares her photos with an Uzbek local
Photo credit: Michel Behar

MIR has more than 30 years of travel experience in Central Asia and has an affiliate office in Uzbekistan, with a roster of contacts that can take you to places that you didn’t even know you wanted to go. Our full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

Experience the brilliant country of Uzbekistan for yourself on one of these MIR itineraries that travel to Central Asia:

Small Group Tours

Rail Journeys by Private Train

A Personalized Private Trip

You can also travel on one of MIR’s handcrafted private independent travel itineraries, Essential Uzbekistan or Essential Central Asia, or book a custom private journey

MIR specializes in personalized, private journeys, and we’d love to take your ideas and weave them into a trip tailored especially for you. Travel wherever, however, and with whomever you like, relying on our expert assistance. Contact us to find out more about our custom and private travel expertise – each trip handcrafted to your interests, dates and pace.

Chat with a MIR destination specialist about travel to Uzbekistan by phone (1-800-424-7289) or email today. We’d love to take your ideas and weave them into a trip tailored especially for you.


Top photo: Friendly smiles greet travelers in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Photo credit: Ana Filonov.

PUBLISHED: October 4, 2018

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