Uzbekistan closed the border to Turkmen truck drivers due to visa problems

In response to difficult conditions for obtaining visas for its drivers, Uzbekistan decided to close the border to Turkmen truck drivers. This step is due to unsatisfactory conditions for issuing visas for Uzbek drivers, which makes it difficult to transport goods through Turkmenistan. This was reported by the Fergana publication with reference to the LogiStan Telegram channel.

The conflict was caused by complex visa procedures. Uzbek truckers face lengthy visa processes that involve numerous bureaucratic barriers and delays. In addition, the situation was aggravated by high costs. Visa fees and associated costs for Uzbek drivers are significantly higher than what Turkmen drivers pay in Uzbekistan. For example, Uzbek citizens have to pay an average of $700-900 for permission to enter the territory of Turkmenistan, while Turkmen pay only $200 for an Uzbek visa. In Turkmenistan, filling out a new CMR form costs $200, a route map costs $200, a GPS device costs $20, and so on. In Uzbekistan, such fees are not charged. In addition, if Turkmen insurance costs $100, then Uzbek insurance costs $15. Also, the processing time for Turkmen visas ranges from 20 to 40 days, while Uzbek visas can be obtained in just three days. All this leads to additional time and financial burdens on Uzbek transport companies.

Thus, Uzbekistan has already suffered disruptions in trade. After all, the closure of the border between the two countries causes delays in the delivery of goods, which negatively affects trade and economic ties. Uzbek and Turkmen companies are forced to look for workarounds, which increases the time and cost of transporting goods. For example, Uzbek companies are already considering alternative routes for their cargo, which could lead to a significant increase in logistics costs and longer delivery times.

What is the reaction of the parties

Uzbekistan calls on Turkmenistan to review its visa policy and simplify visa procedures for Uzbek truck drivers. The authorities of Uzbekistan emphasize the need to create equal conditions for drivers of both countries.

At the same time, Turkmenistan is traditionally silent. There have been no official comments from the Turkmen authorities yet. However, the situation requires prompt diplomatic intervention to resolve the conflict and restore normal transport links. Everyone understands that both states must look for mutually beneficial solutions to avoid further economic losses and ensure the stability of logistics flows in the region.

Possible solutions are, first of all, negotiations. Negotiations at the level of the Ministries of Transport and Foreign Affairs to develop mutually acceptable conditions for obtaining visas for drivers of both countries will be a good way out of the situation. In addition, to maintain warm, friendly relations, the revision and reduction of visa fees for truckers will make the process of obtaining visas more accessible, less expensive, and cooperation between countries more cohesive.

There is also a need to simplify and speed up the visa issuance process, including reducing bureaucratic procedures and improving coordination between visa centers and transport companies. And in general, a quick and effective resolution of this conflict is critical to maintaining stable supply chains and developing mutually beneficial cooperation. Both countries must show flexibility and a willingness to compromise to achieve a sustainable solution. Otherwise, both parties will suffer from tension in the relationship.