A few days before, I was planning my Central Asia tour, I included Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in this tour. I knew that Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan officially offer evisa (electronic visa). therefore, I applied for Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan evisas on their respective official websites on the same day. after 2 working days, I received an email from Tajikistan government that my evisa has been approved and I can download it. the next day, I received an email from Kyrgyzstan officials that my evisa has been rejected. I first thought it was only me, then I researched online and found out that the evisa system has done a lot of damage to many other travelers including people from Germany.
How The Evisa System Looks Worst?
I have been applying for evisas to many countries and never I faced any minor issue with any of the evisa countries. they have requirements in place, when you meet all the requirements. they issue you the evisa. and that’s it.
In all cases, when payment is paid, evisa is 100% issued without any doubt. for example, Turkey evisa is 100% issued. Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bahrain, Myanmar, Cambodia and so many other countries issue confirmed evisa when they take the payment in advance.
Some other countries who may reject evisa have a different system in place. they don’t take payment in advance, they first let you submit the application and if approved then sends you the link to pay, if rejected then nothing to pay. For example, I applied for evisa to Zimbabwe, they didn’t charge any thing in advance. after few days, they rejected my application. so I was not sad, because they didn’t steal my money without any reason. also, Uganda took payment after approval.
But wait, Kyrgyzstan has a totally different thing for travelers. They take the payment first, and after 3 days, they’ll send you an email saying “your visa has been rejected under Kyrgyzstan legislation and you can reapply after 1 year”. What? you took the payment and then you say evisa rejected under Kyrgyzstan legislation. why did you create the evisa system in first place? you must not take the payment first if you reject the application.
Enough theory, now let’s talk about it practically. if you are going to apply for Kyrgyzstan evisa then you’ll need to visit this website: http://www.evisa.e-gov.kg/
This is pretty much official government website except one thing which I’ll explain later. you have to fill out the online form with your details, a picture and scanned copy of your passport. they have mentioned different types of visas on the application. I selected single entry tourist visa, for which the fee appeared to be $42 USD.
I waited for 3 days go get the evisa. and I received something different.
I was shocked to see this email. I mean, how on earth can they deny evisa after taking payment from you. why I’m saying this? I’m saying this because for evisa, most of the times you just provide a scanned copy of your passport which doesn’t determine anything about you. for example, it doesn’t show them your travel history, financial resources and other things. therefore, it absolutely doesn’t make sense to reject an evisa application after taking payment. and when there is nothing wrong with the applicant.
What I did in the Aftermath?
I was not happy at all after seeing the rejection email. so I tried to solve this issue by contacting them via email. and I also researched online if anyone else has faced the same issue. and surprisingly, I found on TripAdvisor that many other travelers had the same experience with different passports even from Germany.
If you go to the above post on TripAdvisor and read the comments, then you’ll find that many people received the same rejection email.
I then went to the evisa website again to find out the contact information. and was again surprised to see their email address which was “email@example.com” you might not see any surprise in this email, but for me it’s a surprise. because official or government websites use private emails. this email is created with Gmail which is very rarely used by official/gov websites. this raises eyebrows on this whole evisa system of Kyrgyzstan.
Anyways, I send them an email with details that I’m on my central Asian tour and was keen to visit Kyrgyzstan as well that’s why I applied for evisa. I also mentioned that I’ve been to 30+ countries and my sole purpose is just tourism. I requested them to reconsider their decision and regard me with an evisa. and if they don’t then simply refund me the payment. but they replied with a big no. and said there is no refund.
oh yes, I didn’t read the no-refund policy if evisa is denied. that means, if they don’t like your Face OR your name then they’ll simply deny the application and will not give the refund. keep this in mind before applying. #Fraud