Visa - General Information
The Cental Asian Visa Jungle starts for most overland
travellers on the Russian border or in Iran and continues
eastwards along a stony track all the way through to the
Great Wall. Travellers should be well-informed and well
prepared for this sometimes strenous voyage almost unonown
to South-East Asia or Latin America travellers.
Prior to the issuance of their visas most of the Caucasus
and Central Asian States require a document called visa
support letter or Letter of Invitation (LOI). Against
relatively significant payment travel agents in Central
Asia can issue the invitation letters. Conditions vary
from country to country and depending on what is required.
Most positively Kyrgyzstan has been issuing most of their
visas without invitation letters, so has Uzbekistan for
certain nationals. Kazakhstan has eased procedures for
issuance of visa support. Letters to Iran and Turkmenistan
are subject to service bookings with local travel agents.
With the exception of Turkmenistan and Tadjikistan the
letters (most of which in fact are nothing more than a
Telex or email reference number) are valid only for the
Consulate indicated in your application for the letter
and the dates are more or less fixed around what you indicate.
For some countries it is possible to use transit visa
which can usually be obtained without invitation upon
presentation of onward visas or flight tickets. Anyhow
transit visas are subject to serious routing restrictions
and cannot usually be extended.
Conditions change frequently and planning ahead is mostly
recommended. The visa cost for a Central Asia trip covering
3-4 countries is going to be at least USD 200 but in a
rush costs may easily sum up to over 400-500 USD. Take
your time to plan well ahead or to stock up on visas along
your route. Visa services in Europe or mail application
may save time for personal visits of the sometimes rare
or simply non-existent Consular Offices of the relevant
STANTOURS can deal with all your Central Asia visa
requirements at approximately USD 30-40 per person per
country. Please proceed for detailed information for each
individual country and please thoroughly study the information
under the following links:
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