Tourists from Germany can now enter Uzbekistan without the need to obtain a visa prior to their trip. On January 15, Germany moves to the Uzbekistan visa-exempt countries and thus joins several other world countries. Previously, the visa free regime for Germany was set to come into force on January 1, which was later postponed for two weeks.
The move to open the doors to German passport holders to enter the country visa free was taken by the government of Uzbekistan in a bid to “strengthen cultural, scientific, educational exchange between countries, improve the investment climate and increase the tourist flow”.
Based on data published by the Uzbek State Committee for Tourism, around 4,890 German citizens visited Uzbekistan in 2016, 7,200 in 2017, and 18,090 in 2018. It is estimated that the newly introduced visa waiver will help to increase this number even more.
The visa-free regime permits German nationals to enter Uzbekistan under tourism purposes and remain there for up to 30 days. As of now, Germans have had to obtain an e-visa to Uzbekistan prior to their trip.
On February 1, several other countries will benefit from visa-free entry to Uzbekistan. These countries are: Australia, Austria, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican City, Luxembourg, Hungary, Brunei, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Canada, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, New Zealand, Portugal, Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Malta, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Chile, Romania, Slovakia, UK, Brazil, Finland, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Estonia.
A visa waiver for up to 30-day stays in Uzbekistan was introduced in February 2018, for citizens of Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and Japan. Later this list also included Tajikistan, France and now Germany.
For stays under other purposes, as business and working, and longer than 30 days, travelers will need to apply for a visa to Uzbekistan.