Kazakhstan: In the summer of 2015, Kazakhstan announced a new policy for people who hold national, official, or diplomatic passports special permission to transit their country without a visa for 15 days. This new rule applies for the period July 15, 2015 – December 31, 2017. The list of qualifying countries (in alphabetical order) is:
If you plan on staying for more than 15 days, you must apply for a visa for the extent of your stay. For citizens of those countries not on this list, you must apply for your visa through the usual procedure.
To apply for a tourist visa, you’ll need to submit the following documents to the Kazakh Embassy in your particular country:
For more information and to obtain a visa application visit their online visa information center at http://www.kazakhembus.com/content/visa-information-center
Kyrgyzstan: This country has a very liberal visa policy and many tourists will find they will not need one to visit. If you are a citizen of one of 45 countries, you can visit Kyrgyzstan for 60 days without a visa. The list of qualifying countries is:
If your country is not on this list, you will need to apply for a visa, but the good news is you can obtain a visa at Manas International Airport upon your arrival if you are a citizen of one of these countries:
If you plan on staying beyond 60 days, you will need to apply for a visa. For more information about obtaining a Kyrgyz visa, please visit their website: http://www.kgembassy.org/en/consular-issues/applying-for-a-visa/general-visa-information/
Tajikistan: Before your arrival in Tajikistan you will need to have a visa. In exceptional cases a tourist visa can be purchased at the Dushanbe International Airport, but this service is highly unreliable and could result in significant delays or worse, refusal – something you don’t want while on tour. If you are a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Jordan, Russia, or Ukraine, you can stay up to 90 days without a visa. For the rest of us, visas may be purchased in the following countries where a Tajik embassy is located:
To apply for a tourist visa you will need to submit two (2) visa applications, travel itinerary, two (2) passport photos (3x4 cm), a letter from Five Stans Adventure that explains your itinerary, a photocopy of the biographical page of your passport, along with the actual passport. If you are traveling to GBAO you will need a permit, which can be obtained at the embassy for approximately $20 (USD). A copy of the application can be found here: http://tajikembassy.be/content/visa-application-form. A 1-week visa costs approximately $50 (USD) and a 2-week visa costs $60 (USD).
Turkmenistan: All visitors to Turkmenistan must obtain a visa. To complete the process, an application must be submitted that includes a 3x5 cm photo that is glued in the appropriate location. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of arrival in Turkmenistan and be sure to include a copy of the biographical page. It is required to submit an alternative form of identification (e.g. driver’s license or other personal ID). You will need to submit a letter from Five Stans Adventure that outlines your itinerary and duration of stay, too. A 10-day single-entry visa costs $35 and 10-day multiple entry visa costs $75, and only money orders are accepted. For more information and an application please go to their website at http://www.turkmenistanembassy.org/.
Uzbekistan: Getting an Uzbek visa is comparatively easy. To obtain one you need to submit an invitation letter provided by Five Stans Adventure, an application, passport (including a copy of the biographical page and any pages that have visas), and one 3x5 cm photo. If you are a citizen of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain, or Switzerland, you do not need a letter of invitation to get a tourist visa. Remember that the Consular Section accepts only money orders, postal money orders, cashier checks, or certified checks. A single-entry 7-day visa costs $60, a single-entry visa 15-day visa costs $70, and a 30-day visa is $80. For more information and an application, please visit their website at http://www.uzbekistan.org/consular/visa/. For an application, go to http://evisa.mfa.uz/evisa_en/.