THE PROCEDURE OF GETTING A VISA
Citizens do not need a visa support number to get visa from Uzbekistan
But US citizens will need a visa support number from Turkmenistan.
need visa support number from both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
1. YOU WILL GIVE MELITOUR YOUR INFO FOR VISA
DATE OF PASSPORT ISSUE
- DATE OF PASSPORT EXPIRATION
- PASSPORT NUMBER
NAME AS SEEN ON YOUR PASSPORT
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
PHONE & FAX NUMBER ( FAX OPTIONAL)
2.MELITOUR WILL SEND THE INFO TO THE
LOCAL PASSPORT AGENCIES IN TURKMENISTAN AND UZBEKISTAN
EACH ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES WE WILL RECEIVE A FORM WITH A VISA SUPPORT NUMBER
4. MELITOUR WILL SEND YOU THESE OFFICIAL PAPERS.
5.IN THE MEAN TIME YOU CAN REQUEST FROM THE EMBASSIES VISA APPLICATION
FORMS (Check the chart below)
6.WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE LETTER FROM MELITOUR YOU WILL ATTACH THAT LETTER YOU HAD RECEIVED FROM MELITOUR TO YOUR APLICATION FORM AND WITH YOUR PASSPORT YOU WILL MAIL THEM TO THE PROPER CONSULATE OR
In order to get the VISA SUPPORT NUMBER we have to submit as a group
So the sooner you all give us the information the faster we can finalize
the paper work
they give the visa for the correct dates
SO WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR PASSPORT BACK FROM
MAKE SURE THE FIRST DATE ON YOUR VISA MATCHES
THE DATE OF ENTRY TO THAT PARTICULAR COUNTRY.
You will need this info for the visa application Form
: The Inviting Party in each country
NAME OF THE INVITING COMPANY
ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER
AYAN TOURISM & TRAVEL COMPANY
Magtymguli Avenue 108 - 13/ 14
phone (99312) 352914/ 350797
Dolores Tour Ltd.
27, M. Tarobyi Street
Tashkent 700090, Uzbekistan
Tel: +998 (71) 1208883
Tel: +998 (71) 1208657 (direct)
Fax: +998 (71) 1208873
Mobile: +998 (90) 1877585
Please buy a trip insurance if you might cancel the tour then trip
insurance can pay you backall the non refundables of the tour quotation
there are probably many insurance companies which will offer you the
cancellation insurance but this one had worked well for many tour members http://www.tripinsuranceusa.com/index.html
Lobby counters of hotels provide guests with postal services
which includes a post box.
They sell stamps and accept postcards ,letters and parcels. Post offices
in various places providee EMS and 24-hour telecommunications. Business
hours of post offices are 08:00-19:00.
The services of international shipping
agencies like DHL and Federal Express are available but extremely
It is easy to make international or domestic calls in the big cities.
Internet Cafee's are available every where
You will not feel disconnected
For emergency please make sure you leave MELITOUR phone and e mail back
at home. Meli will have her cellular phone for emergency contact.
220 Volt AC current. Many middle and high
classes hotel washrooms have transformers plugs for electric shavers and
dryers , but it is better to be prepared with an adapter plug. Especially
if you depend on charging your batteries for your camaras, please make
sure you bring your own adopter.
Bottled water is available through out the tour.
Embroideries and brocades and silk woven handcrafts will not
take too much space. Calligraphy and painting will be also tempting.
Ceramics, traditional medicins, carving and sculpture , filigree enamel
might become good Christmas presents. Traditional stationeries and baskets
will make inexpensive but excellent gifts. Wood boxes, carpets,wall
Bright paintings and cashmere sweater, local ethnic dresses, chess sets
make almost just the beginning of the shopping list in these countries.
YOUR AIR LINE LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE IS ONLY 20 KGS ( 45Pounds) PER PERSON
THE AIRLINES ARE VERY VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THE WEIGHT OF THE LUGGAGE.
COME AS LIGHT AS YOU CAN!! so you can have place in your bags
WHAT TO WEAR
The temperature will vary between the evening and the day. The
change in the altitude will also make the temperature variation quite big.
We recommend you to check the weather page .
Make sure you have a warm jacket for the first week of the tour. Shorts
are OK. Since some of the bathroom stops where the bathroom is nothing
more than a hole in the ground will be a memorable experience, skirts for
the ladies will be best.
* Your own TP
* more film than you plan to use
* batteries for your camera
Bring LOTS of US $ cash , five dollars and tens...they prefer that but
cannot make much change if larger bills.
Practically impossible to change traveler's checks anywhere (despite what
the travel books say) as hotels do not want them and stores won't accept
them nor will individuals.
More and more places accept credit cards in these countries but we will
stay away from most of the tourist shopping areas so you better NOT count
on your credit card.
Changing US$ to the local currencies is easy. You do not need to buy the
local currencies in the USA.
On MELITOUR tours we DO NOT LIKE giving little trinkets to
the children not to create beggers out of them. We do ,however, like to
give gifts to the schools that we visit. Few simple school
supplies will be appreciated.
In our previous experiences with the
children, we have seen that the kids enjoy breaking the ice with the
visitors by drawing pictures or blowing bubbles. If you want to bring
little play items such as a little puppet, crayon and paper to draw
pictures or a bottle or two of bubble , you can have a lot of fun and you
can eas'ly become center of attention among the local children.
Pictures of your home and your family is another good way of
connecting with the people
LIST OF BOOKS TO READ
Setting the East Ablaze:
Lenin's Dream of an Empire in Asia
Foreign Devils on the Silk Road:
The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia
is probably the best book for this trip as it has quite a bit to
do with western
China and Mongolia.
Like Hidden Fire:
The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire
Not as exciting as the
other Hopkirk books, this is about art and cultural piracy in
western China. Are we going to be the next foreign devils?
The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia
A fantastic book - a bit
more Caucasus/central Asia than Setting the East Ablaze. Your jaw
will drop when you appreciate the intricacy of the issues then and
how they are echoed today.
Tournament of Shadows: The
Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia
Karl E. Meyer Shareen
Blair Brysac Shareen
I wish I had read this book before the Central Asia Trip. Still the
best of all of them.If you can only read th's one this is it. Or,
read this first then the Setting the East... next.
The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
by Sterling Sea
The Private Life of Chairman Mao
by Li Zhisui
Offers some amazing
insights into the hidden world behind the great walls of Zhongnanhai,
China's so-called 'new For- bidden City'.
Twilight in the Forbidden
by Reginald F Johnston;
a British colonial official who tutored China's last emperor
from 1919 to 1924,
Hard to find but worth tracking down (at least in libraries)
The Lion and the Dragon
by Aubrey Singe
The Story of the First British
Embassy to the Court of the Emperor Qianiong in Peking
Old Madam Yin
by Ida Pruitt.
Memoir of Peking Life, 1926-1938
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