How to Apply for Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder

an adventure of Pinoy backpacker in processing travel documents

general info:
* Central Asia 5 "Stan Countries" are the most challenging to visit due to visa requirement and flight availability
* Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan still requires the Letter of Invitation (LOI)
* Kazakhstan (most beautiful among 5 "Stan Countries") requires Tourist Registration if stay is 5 days or longer.
* Uzbekistan has the cheapest visa fee and has the quickest way to apply
* Kyrgyzstan - visa upon arrival (30/90 days single entry for $50/$100), No LOI required
Tajikistan - eligible to apply for E-Visa (45 days single entry for $50), No LOI required
Uzbekistan - eligible to apply for E-Visa (30 days single entry for $20), No LOI required
Kazakhstan - eligible to apply for E-Visa (30 days single entry for $60), LOI required
* Turkmenistan - applied for Transit Visa only (3 days single entry for $10), No LOI required

Central Asia Countries completed as Philippine Passport Holder (souvenir fridge magnets)

Philippine passport holders are visa upon arrival (30/90 days single entry for $50/$100)
Requirements: Return Ticket only
Travel Dates: April 20-25, 2018 as a Solo Backpacker (flights from Dubai)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Kyrgyzstan visa on arrival sticker)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Kyrgyzstan shirt and fridge magnet souvenir)

Philippine passport holders are eligible to apply for E-Visa (45 days single entry for $50)
Requirements: Return Ticket, Hotel Accommodation
Travel Dates: April 20-25, 2018 as a Solo Backpacker (flights from Dubai)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Tajikistan E-Visa)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Tajikistan shirt and fridge magnet souvenir)

Philippine passport holders are eligible to apply for E-Visa (30 days single entry for $20)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Uzbekistan E-Visa)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Uzbekistan shirt and fridge magnet souvenir)

Applied for Transit Visa via Embassy visit in Abu Dhabi (5 days single entry for $35)
Requirements: Employment Certificate, passport size photo, residency visa copy
- Transit visa is allowed only if your intended flight is accepted by the embassy staff. On my case I chose Turkmenistan - Kazakhstan (but was subject for interrogation before the staff accepted). Ensure to study the flight route as the staff is well-informed of the flight availability.
- Once your flight route is accepted together with the verification of the other required documents, the Embassy Staff will create the Letter of Invitation (LOI) for you. Please note that I visited the embassy for four times due to laziness of the staff. (lots of excuses, I'm the only non Turkmen that time, patience is really a virtue! But I appreciate he apologized after the 4th visit)
- This LOI together with your documents will then be submitted to the Consul for approval. Wait for minimum of 10 days then call the Embassy first. Approval fee costs $10.
- Once your visa application is approved, you will then pay $25 for the visa sticker.Transit visa is allowed only for a maximum of 7 days single entry.
Travel Dates: July 05 to 06, 2019 as a Solo Backpacker (flights from Dubai)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Turkmenistan Transit Visa)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Turkmenistan shirt and fridge magnet souvenir)

Philippine passport holders are eligible to apply for E-Visa (30 days single entry for $60)
Requirements: Letter of Invitation, Return Ticket, Hotel Accommodation
Travel Dates: July 06 to 10, 2019 as a Solo Backpacker (flights from Dubai)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Kazakhstan E-Visa)

Central Asia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder (Kazakhstan shirt and fridge magnet souvenir)


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