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Well, this isn’t the type of news we wanted to see as we greet the new year!

As was proclaimed in our blog of December 14, 2016 (http://www.fivestansadventure.com/blogs/entry/travel-to-uzbekistan-made-easier) it was announced by the Uzbek government that they were going to ease its Uzbekistan visa policy for tourists. People from throughout the world quickly began to make plans to get their Uzbekistan visa to experience all of the wonders this country possesses. Alas, a new announcement was made on January 9, 2017 that rescinded this decree and postponed its implementation to 2021. Apparently they made this decision after taking a closer look at their tourism infrastructure and its capacity to handle the expected influx of tourists. For years, travelers have complained about the onerous procedures to obtain a visa, and for one month it appeared that the doors to enter Uzbekistan would be wider. Unfortunately, this new decree will return things to the way they were before. This doesn’t mean that you are not permitted to visit this country, but you will still need to get your Uzbekistan visa the old way until their infrastructure is updated and improved.

Five Stans Adventure still has the capacity to meet your needs to get an Uzbekistan visa. We can supply you with a letter of invitation that needs to be submitted along with your application. For more information, you can refer to our earlier blog about getting a visa here (http://www.fivestansadventure.com/blogs/entry/getting-an-uzbekistan-visa).

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Great news for tourists this week as Uzbekistan announced new Uzbekistan visa rules! This gesture represents a significant change over previous procedures that left many travelers frustrated in the past. The recently elected president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, issued his decree entitled “Measures to Ensure the Accelerated Development on Tourism in Uzbekistan earlier this week and has taken the tourism industry by storm.

According to the decree, which will go into effect on April 1, 2017, the following rules will apply:

Citizens of these countries will not need an Uzbekistan visa to travel within the country:

   a. Australia

   b. Austria

   c. United Kingdom

   d. Germany

   e. Denmark

   f. Spain

   g. Italy

   h. Canada

   i. Luxembourg

   j. Netherlands

   k. South Korea

   l. Singapore

  m. Finland

   n. Switzerland

   o. Japan

 

2. Citizens of the following countries who are over the age of 55 qualify for Uzbekistan visa-free travel:


   a. Belgium

   b. Indonesia

   c. China

   d. Malaysia

   e. United States

   f. Vietnam

   g. Israel

   h. Poland

   j. Hungary

   k. Portugal

   l. Czech Republic

 

In both scenarios tourists – upon entry into the country – will need to pay a $50 fee. Additionally, tourists are allowed to spend a maximum of 30 days in-country. Any stay beyond this period will require an Uzbekistan visa.

With these new rules you can be assured that the number of travelers coming to visit this magical and ancient land will increase beyond belief. Be sure to contact our staff to arrange your itinerary before we are overwhelmed!

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There have rumblings coming from Kyrgyzstan that they might reconsider their current visa policy. While the government has stated that it will not being changing it, Five Stans Adventure will continue to monitor the situation closely. For the time being, this is the latest information to help you gain a better understanding of how things work.

This country has a very liberal visa policy and many tourists will find they will not need one to visit. If you are a citizen of one of 45 countries, you can visit Kyrgyzstan for 60 days without a visa. The list of qualifying countries is:

 

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vatican

If your country is not on this list, you will need to apply for a visa, but the good news is you can obtain a visa at Manas International Airport upon your arrival if you are a citizen of one of these countries:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Macedonia
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Venezuela

If you plan on staying beyond 60 days, you will need to apply for a visa. For more information about obtaining a Kyrgyz visa, please visit their website: http://www.kgembassy.org/en/consular-issues/applying-for-a-visa/general-visa-information/

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Among the five countries that encompass Central Asia, Kazakhstan provides the easiest access to their great country. Kazakhstan recognizes the importance of encouraging travelers and businessmen to visit – including you!

In the summer of 2015, Kazakhstan announced a new policy for people who hold national, official, or diplomatic passports special permission to transit their country without a visa for 15 days. This new rule applies for the period July 15, 2015 – December 31, 2017. The list of qualifying countries (in alphabetical order) is:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

 

If you plan on staying for more than 15 days, you must apply for a visa for the extent of your stay. For citizens of those countries not on this list, you must apply for your visa through the usual procedure.

To apply for a tourist visa, you’ll need to submit the following documents to the Kazakh Embassy in your particular country:

  • Passport: It must be valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the visa. There must be a blank page to attach the visa.
  • Visa application: An application must be completed for each person. Be sure to fully complete the document or you risk the chance of your application being rejected.
  • Photo: The photo must be 3.5 x 4.5 cm in size of the applicant and stapled in the upper right hand corner of the application.
  • Letter of Request: This letter is self-generated and should include the applicant’s name, the purpose of the trip, your contact in Kazakhstan, the dates of your trip, and the places you are going to visit. Be sure to address your letter to the Consular Section of the Kazakh Embassy.
  • Consular Fee: The fee for a 1-month tourist visa is $160. The fee remains the same whether it’s a single entry, double entry (3 months), or transit visa. Only money orders are accepted, and be sure to attach a photocopy of your money order. All other forms of payment will be refused.

For more information and to obtain a visa application visit their online visa information center at http://www.kazakhembus.com/content/visa-information-center

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