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Applying For An Uzbekistan Visa In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan | Lost With Purpose

Our report on applying for an Uzbekistan visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in August 2016. Includes visa requirements, application fees, and directions to the embassy.

Uzbekistan has recently updated its visa policy. It has introduced an e-visa system, and has given nationals of several countries 30-day vise free entry. Check out the website of the Uzbek MFA for more info.

Previously the stuff of nightmares, applying for Uzbekistan visa in Bishkek is rather straightforward these days. If you have an LOI, you can get it the same day. If you don’t, the process takes five working days.

Getting an Uzbekistan Letter of Invitation (LOI)

Some nationalities need a letter of invitation from a tour company in Uzbekistan to apply for an Uzbekistan visa. Citizens of the following countries do not need an LOI:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Malaysia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • UK
  • USA

If your country isn’t on the list, or you just want an LOI for same-day visa service, we recommend Stantours. An LOI costs $70 per person, and takes 10-14 days to process. You can find a list of application requirements on their website. They reply quickly and give honest advice: for example, they told Alex she could get a visa without an LOI, being a British citizen.

Getting to the Uzbekistan embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

To make things confusing, the Uzbekistan embassy has recently changed locations, and is a bit hard to find. The new location is in a residential area close to the Kazakhstan embassy, and next to the Oxford International School. A taxi to the embassy should be between 100 and 150 som. If going by public transport, marshrutka 132 has a stop that’s a 15 minute walk from the embassy.

A road sign at the turn off of the main road for the Oxford school/Uzbekistan embassy.

A road sign at the turn off of the main road for the Oxford school/Uzbekistan embassy.

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The Oxford International School in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The Oxford International School in Bishkek. Road to the embassy is to the right.

Once you’re facing at the Oxford school, head through the gate to the right, then follow the road until you hit a fork.

The road to the Uzbekistan embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The road to the Uzbekistan embassy.

Fork in the road to the Uzbekistan embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The fork in the road. At this point, head right.

Take the right road, and after 50 meters, the embassy will be on your left.

Uzbekistan embassy entrance in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Applying for an Uzbekistan visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The embassy is open for visa applications Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 to 13:00. Theoretically, you have to make an appointment, but it’s really not necessary–no one asks about an appointment. Just show up around 10:00. The earlier the better, as it’s first come, first serve.

Uzbekistan embassy waiting area

The waiting area in the Uzbekistan embassy.

To apply for your visa, you’ll need:

  • A passport valid for at least 6 months
  • A copy of your passport’s information page
  • A copy of your Kyrgyzstan entry stamp
  • An LOI if necessary, or for same day processing
  • 2 passport photos
  • Visa application form, to be filled in online and printed out

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Once it’s your turn, you can approach the desk inside and hand over your materials. The clerk we met with was pleasant, and was fine with us changing the dates of our visa, despite already having set dates on the LOI.

If attempting to pick up a visa on the same day, you’ll be given a bank payment slip, and will be given the visa after you head to the bank to pay. If not, your visa will be ready for pickup in about one week, once you’ve paid the fees at the bank.

You should be able to keep your passport during the visa processing time.

Once you have your visa, make sure to double-check the information before you leave the embassy. It’s not uncommon for mistakes to be made!

Visa fees

A visa for EU citizens cost $75, payable at the KICB.

The closest KICB bank is about two kilometers away, so unless you’re in for walk, it’s best to take a taxi, which should cost 50 – 100 som.

To walk, head outside the residential area, turn right, then go left at the crossroads. After about two kilometers, you’ll see the KICB building.

Payment is done in USD. The bank will give you a proof-of-payment slip to show at the embassy. Make sure not to lose it!