This week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 7th century BC. Many people today have never heard of the ancient city of Samarkand, but it was once one of the most important cities in Asia.
Samarkand is located in modern-day Uzbekistan, and was once an important stop on the Silk Road, the great trade route that connected China with Europe.
It was also the location of the first paper mill in the Islamic world, and for a long time it was an important center of Islamic study. In the 14th century, the Mongol warlord Tamerlane made Samarkand his capital, bringing in artists and artisans from all over his empire.
The traces of this long, distinguished history linger in Samarkand today, making it a beautiful and interesting place to visit. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2001.
To get to Samarkand, you need a valid passport and an Uzbekistan visa. You cannot get an Uzbekistan visa at the airport when you arrive-you must apply well in advance. Here’s what you will need:
- Your US passport
- One Uzbekistan visa application form
- 1 passport photo
- 1 copy of your flight tickets and your itinerary.
To get an Uzbekistan tourist visa, you need a tourist voucher, which is like a permission slip. If you’re traveling with an organized group, they should provide one. If not, RushMyTravelVisa.com can get one for you if you apply through us.
If you are visiting friends or family, your host needs to get an invitation letter for you.
Also, bear in mind that additional visas may also be required if your itinerary has you stopping in another country on your way to Uzbekistan-even if it’s only to change planes!
RushMyTravelVisa can help you get the documents you need for a trip to Uzbekistan. We’ll look at your itinerary and check visa requirements to ensure that nothing is overlooked. Then, we’ll provide you with clear, easy-to-understand instructions that make it easy to fill out the required paperwork. Finally, we deliver your application to the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest processing possible.