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Uzbek visa problems

Just made it through the Pamirs and in Khorog, heading to Dushanbe next. Plan was to head into Uzbekistan, but...
I've just heard that my LOI was denied. I will try and get a visa without a LOI in Dushanbe, but not overly hopeful.

Has anyone else had similar problems / got advice suggestions or alternatives?

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Just made it through the Pamirs and in Khorog, heading to Dushanbe next. Plan was to head into Uzbekistan, but...
I've just heard that my LOI was denied. I will try and get a visa without a LOI in Dushanbe, but not overly hopeful.

Has anyone else had similar problems / got advice suggestions or alternatives?

Thanks!
Hi Helen,
if you get stuck in Dushanbe because you don't have the LOI, and you probably will because the LOI is mandatory for Uz visa, try Stantours (they are in Almaty and Ashgabat) they can organize you a fresh LOI Uzbekistan - Visa

They are a reputable company and are recommended by the big Visaburo's. I hope they are not the ones that are failing you with the rejected LOI.

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Hi Helen,
if you get stuck in Dushanbe because you don't have the LOI, and you probably will because the LOI is mandatory for Uz visa, try Stantours (they are in Almaty and Ashgabat) they can organize you a fresh LOI Uzbekistan - Visa

They are a reputable company and are recommended by the big Visaburo's. I hope they are not the ones that are failing you with the rejected LOI.

Cheers,
Noel
Stantours is indeed who I used (and failed with). I believe that for UK citizens, an LOI is not required - but it usually speeds things up, which is why I wanted one...

Not sure if it is better to try again with another agency for an LOI or just try and get visa without... logic would say that if I can't get an LOI, then I wouldn't get a visa... but logic doesn't always count for much when it comes to this kind of thing I guess!
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Helen,

This is what I got from the website of Caravanistan another company you may use if you want to get the LOI;

Citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand (we think), UK and USA do not need a letter of invitation to apply for their Uzbekistan tourist visa.

So like you said, it seems you don't need it!

Good luck
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Hello Helen

I am not quite sure f it was you we met in Mongoilia

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I am not quite sure f it was you we met in Mongoilia
Definitely a passing resemblance between that pic and the face I see in the mirror. A few less pounds, slightly dirtier and wearing significantly more clothes now though...
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Wow, you did it.

As I told you, the most crazy person i ever met
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Wow, you did it.
Oh no! What did I do?

Update - went to the embassy in Dushanbe today... they took my application but NOT my passport or money and said to come back in a week.

Now why would they do that? Can't put a visa in my passport if they don't have my passport! Was an arse of a guy there too. Not hopeful...
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With "you did it" I ment, that you really got through mongolia and even further on.

Very deep respect for what you are doing.
I would not be able to do that, I am way not sporty enough to just think about it.

And I hope you get your visa problems sorted and have fun on the road
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Helen,

without a LOI it is normal to take a week. They send your application to the MFA in Tashkent and it takes a week to get an answer. When you go back they'll put the visa in your passport while you wait.

We had the same in Istanbul a few months ago, but because we didn't want to wait a week we requested to send the response to the embassy in Tehran, where (to our surprise..) we could just pick up our visa a few weeks later. In Tehran it was also taking a week for the travelers without LOI we met there.

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without a LOI it is normal to take a week. They send your application to the MFA in Tashkent and it takes a week to get an answer. When you go back they'll put the visa in your passport while you wait.
Ah, now that sounds better! cheers.
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Hi

not taking the passport while processing the visa request is quite common in central asian embassies as you thereby can apply for many visas at a time and as most of them have longer processing times you save a lot of waiting time. Getting the visas in central asia this year was frustrating enough though (they sometimes close without notice and you have to wait one or a few days more).

Greetings from İstanbul

ps for the Azeris we took the online-application as theır embassy in Bishkek was shut down for 2 weeks (and it worked fine)
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Definitely a passing resemblance between that pic and the face I see in the mirror. A few less pounds, slightly dirtier and wearing significantly more clothes now though...
same red pants ....
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...now with holes in the backside!
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