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22. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Heyy Utercht, I jsut found these dates for the start and end dates for Ramadan- Give or take day- That is mm dd yy

First Day 2007: 09/12/2007 Last Day 2007: 10/11/2007

What was Ramadan like in Syria and Jordan as a whole? I think I may be there this year same time... Are the main historical sites open?? Cheers

I dont think Kryg and Uz are totally Muslim but majority are. just got these figures from the World fact book

Uz: Muslim 88% (mostly Sunnis), Eastern Orthodox 9%, other 3%
Kryg: Muslim 75%, Russian Orthodox 20%, other 5%

Just in case you wanted to know figures... ;)

But I dont think they are very practising as I think many were communists...

I Am looking to be in Uz at the end of July...Just trying to figure out how to get a LOI... All the best people

23. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Thanks Mancunion!
I guess travelling around Uz and Kyr won't be such a big problem, compared to other more strict muslim countries.
Actually, I haven't had any real problems in Syria, Lebanon or Jordan. Especially Lebanon was very relaxed and even Syria. Public transport is just running and everything was open as well.
There is also food for sale on the streets as well, restaurants open up late.
The most important thing is just not eat or drink too much in public, for example just walking down the streets. Just enjoy a big breakfast at you room and if thirsty, you can always buy something.

24. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Mancunion

First Day 2007: 09/12/2007 Last Day 2007: 10/11/2007

How confusing!!!:)
I got 13 Sept to 12 Oct, on the internet.

What is an LOI Mancunion?

[ Edit: Edited on May 12, 2007, at 12:33 PM by Mel. ]

25. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Quoting Mancunion

First Day 2007: 09/12/2007 Last Day 2007: 10/11/2007

How confusing!!!:)
I got 13 Sept to 12 Oct, on the internet.

What is an LOI Mancunion?

It's a Letter of Invitation which you need for certain countries over there...but no worries, not if you get a visa on arrival...;)

26. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Utrecht!!!

Mancunion, according to my Lonely Planet Central Asia book, UK passport holders dont need a letter of invitation for Uzbekistan.
If u apply for your visa, at the Kyrgystan consulate in the UK, u wont need a letter of invitation, for Kyr.. either. A lot of the information, on Ubekistan and Kyrgyzstan web sites is outdated, so pay no attention to it.

Krygyzstan consulate, in the UK
Phone:020 7935 1462
Address:
Ascot House
119 Crawford Street
W1U 6BJ
Tube station: Baker St is the closest one, to it.

27. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Hi Mel

That is quite strange actually, I was just on the UZ embassy site and they, along with the FCO, state that an LOI is needed before you apply for a visa...

I dont know which to believe, but I Would rather trust the FCO to be honest. HAve you tried contacting the UZ embassy? I am actually going to be sending of for mine in the next couple of weeks.

There is a site, bit sure if you ahve heard iof it, STANTOURS.COM, they issue you with a LOI for a fee of $35, they told me the other day, so I amy go through them...probably best bet... Let me know if you hear anything different as I Would rather I didnt pay the fee for the LOI if I dodnt have to.. Thanks...;)

28. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Sorry Mel, I jsut read the last line of your resopnse again and you said that much of the ifo on their site is outdated, so you think IWould be better of just phoning them and finding out? Although a few of the EU countries are mentioned on that list of countries that do need a LOI, the UK is not one.. I DONT KNOW....

But if you get any info, please let me know. In the meantime i'll contact them tomorrow hopefully and find out.. ;)

29. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Mancunion

Hi Mel

That is quite strange actually, I was just on the UZ embassy site and they, along with the FCO, state that an LOI is needed before you apply for a visa...

I dont know which to believe, but I Would rather trust the FCO to be honest. HAve you tried contacting the UZ embassy? I am actually going to be sending of for mine in the next couple of weeks.

There is a site, bit sure if you ahve heard iof it, STANTOURS.COM, they issue you with a LOI for a fee of $35, they told me the other day, so I amy go through them...probably best bet... Let me know if you hear anything different as I Would rather I didnt pay the fee for the LOI if I dodnt have to.. Thanks...;)

Yeah, I know. Trying to find the information is a horror show.
My Lonely Planet book says, that the information on the web sites is not up to date. According to the book, UK citizens no longer need the LOI, for UZ. They used to need it.
I tried to phone the 5 Kyrgystan consulates, in Germany, last week. None of them picked up their phones. I probably dont need a LOI either, but I would prefer to hear them confirm that. I am a bit nervous about just flying and hoping that Ireland is one of the citizenships that dont need the LOI and that can get a visa on arrival, at Bishkek airport. ;)

I did not contact UZ consulate, because I am not going there, this time.

[ Edit: Edited on May 13, 2007, at 6:50 AM by Mel. ]

30. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

YEah it can be a real pain trying to contact some of these offices! My friend tried contacting the Iranian embassy and he got a similar response, NO RESPONSE! ;)

The Iranian embassy website here in the UK is in Farsi, whats the deal with that? Surely it should be in English!