Uzbekistan

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Region: Central Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

OPEN: to international leisure travel

Updated: 2021-01-31

Entry

General Policy
  1. Starting 21 December 2020, flights with the UK, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Australia, the Netherlands and South Africa are suspended until 1 March 2021. Also, citizens of these countries and stateless persons permanently residing in these states, as well as citizens of third countries who have visited these states within the last 14 days, are prohibited from entering Uzbekistan until 1 March 2021.
  2. 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.
  3. Starting June 15 borders reopened, following closure since March 16. Initially, entry restricted to diplomats, their family members, investors and medical tourists.
  4. 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).
Sources:
  1. “Uzbekistan extends air traffic restriction with number of countries”
  2. "COVID-19: Uzbekistan Lifts Ban On International Travel"
  3. "Uzbekistan to reopen borders for some air travellers"
  4. "Is It Safe to Go to Uzbekistan Right Now?"

Entry Requirements

(Source: U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan )

Testing
  1. A negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the initiation of travel to Uzbekistan is required for entry.
  2. Travellers are also subject to a rapid antigen test at the airport upon arrival (at traveller's expense) regardless of PCR test status. Travellers must wait for results before being allowed to leave the airport. If passengers are positive, they are sent to a local medical facility or hotel for treatment and quarantine.
Quarantine
  • As of August 15, Uzbekistan has placed all countries into “green,” “yellow,” and “red” categories according to the severity of each country’s COVID situation, with “red” being the most severe:
    1. The list of “green” countries includes China, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, and Japan. Travellers entering from “green” countries (and who have been there for the last 10 days) are not subject to any sort of quarantine control.
    2. The list of “yellow” countries includes all countries of the European Union, with the exception of Great Britain and Spain, as well as Azerbaijan. Travellers entering from “yellow” countries (and who have been there for the last 10 days) are placed under home quarantine control for 14 days.
    3. All countries not listed in the “green” or “yellow” categories are deemed “red”. Travellers entering from “red” countries are subject to mandatory quarantine control for 14 days.

Exit

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Pre-pandemic visa rules

Requirements

Passport Validity
Valid at time of entry
Electronic Visa
Transit
- 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.
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