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Region: Central Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

OPEN: to international leisure travel

Updated: 2020-10-01


General Policy
  1. Starting 1 October 2020 the international travel ban, imposed in mid-March, has been lifted and all international flights, railways lines, and cross-border automobile transportation were allowed to resume. Arrivals that have stayed for at least 14 days in China, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Georgia, Hungary, Finland, Latvia, Austria, and Japan are now allowed to enter the country without any restrictions.
  2. Starting June 15 borders reopened, following closure since March 16. Initially, entry restricted to diplomats, their family members, investors and medical tourists.
  3. An incentive for tourism is offered: if COVID-19 is contracted during a trip, traveller receives compensation of $3,000 (amount considered equitable to the cost of medical care in an Uzbek hospital).
  1. "COVID-19: Uzbekistan Lifts Ban On International Travel"
  2. "Uzbekistan to reopen borders for some air travellers"
  3. "Is It Safe to Go to Uzbekistan Right Now?"

Entry Requirements

(Source: "COVID-19: Uzbekistan Lifts Ban On International Travel" )

  1. Arrivals by vehicles from neighboring Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan must provide a medical document confirming that they are not infected with the coronavirus.
  2. Arrivals from countries labelled as 'red zones' and 'yellow zones,' except Azerbaijan, Belarus, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, are allowed to enter Uzbekistan only if they have a documented negative test result no older than 72 hours.
  • Arrivals by vehicles from neighboring Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan must quarantine for 14-days.


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Pre-pandemic visa rules


Passport Validity
Valid at time of entry
Electronic Visa
- A 5-day transit visa-free procedure is available to 101 passports (including USA). Must have air-ticket to the third country and the carrier should inform the border authorities of Uzbekistan on passengers who are eligible for transit visa-free.
Dual Nationality
State Dept. reports: Uzbekistan does not recognize dual nationality. If the holder of an Uzbek passport enters the country, they must use that passport, regardless of any other citizenships held, including U.S citizenship. Once the holder of an Uzbek passport enters Uzbekistan, their U.S. citizenship will not be recognized by local authorities.
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. Travellers aged under 16 are eligible for visa-free entry. Must provide an international passport or a biometric travel document and be accompanied by legal guardian. Duration of stay is same as the validity period of the entry visa of the guardian, but no longer than 90 days.
  2. Check the State Dept. page at the link below for details of the complexities of several issues to be aware of, including: hotel vs. private residence, overstay penalties and procedures, land border crossings, and bringing in prescription medicine for personal use.