Update July 2018: Uzbekistan has launched eVisa portal that allows Indians to apply for visa without depending on travel agents for a Letter of Invitation. Please refer the following links for eVisa application. I have not used it personally but feel free to share your experience in the comments section.
The below content is based on my experience from 2014 and I have retained it just for nostalgic reasons. Please refer the above links for updated information regarding Uzbekistan visa for Indians. Thanks Sarai for this update.
There are two types of tourists who visit Uzbekistan. First one are the ones who actually want to visit Uzbekistan. Second are the ones who come for the boom boom experience of Tashkent, a budding mini-Thailand. We belonged to the 1st group and were not even aware of this 2nd group. And to make matters worse, we were the minority. So, getting visa and even airline tickets to Uzbekistan was quite difficult for us. There are group visas issued for the 2nd group and lot of travel agents in India will help you with that. But we were on our own and our experience with Uzbekistan visa was horrible.
- Letter of Invitation from a local Uzbek tour operator
- Uzbekistan visa application form
- 2-3 Photos
- Visa fees (varies depending on number of entries) – to be paid at RBS, Hansalaya Building, 15 Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
Getting Uzbekistan visa turned out to be the toughest as compared to Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. Corruption is very much evident in this whole process. You will only get a visa if you have an invitation letter from a local travel agent. Now none of these local travel agents will just sell you the invitation letter. You have to buy other services like car or accommodation from them. So, you have no other option but to buy their services.
And to add to this pathetic experience, the treatment of visa applicants at Uzbekistan Embassy, Delhi tops it all. You are not allowed to enter the premises of the sacred Uzbekistan Embassy. I don’t know the reason, who knows they might be building a nuclear missile inside. So, the watchman at the gate doubles up as a visa officer. He scrutinizes your documents and points out any errors. There is no place to sit outside the gate and you have to stand outside with your documents in the unforgiving Delhi weather.
Below is the summary of the painful things that you have go through:
- Fill out the application form in the: http://evisa.mfa.uz/evisa_en/?action=vvod
- Contact a local travel agent in Uzbekistan who can provide you the letter of Invitation.
- Bargain with the travel agents as they will try to sell other services.
- Send the application form to the agent.
- Once you have deposited an advance to their account, they will send you the Letter of Invitation, which has the stamp of Ministry of External Affairs.
- Next is the payment of visa fees. Now, it is better to pay this a day before you submit the documents. Our receipt was of 29 July and we went to submit the documents on 4 Aug. The watchman argued that this receipt is invalid as this receipt is from previous month. His self-made rule was that the receipt and the submission date should be in the same month between 1-24. Anyways we didn’t back down, but it is better to heed to this stupid rule rather than wasting your time with these morons.
- Submit the LOI along with your passport, visa fee receipt from the Bank, application form at the Uzbekistan Embassy in Delhi. Before visiting, call them to confirm about your application.
- Submit the documents at the security counter of the Uzbekistan Embassy.
- The only silver lining in this painful experience is that you get the visa on the same day at 6pm.