Uzbekistan, located in Central Asia, offers significant investment potential. With a population of over 34 million and a strategic geographic position, it presents opportunities in various sectors, including energy, agriculture, and tourism. The government has been implementing economic reforms, improving the business environment, and welcoming foreign investment. Rich in natural resources, Uzbekistan is known for its cotton, gold, and natural gas production. Additionally, it boasts a unique cultural heritage, attracting tourists and investors alike.

Uzbekistan Golden Visa

The golden visa or citizenship by investment programme, as offered by some other countries, is not offered by Uzbekistan. Such golden visa programmes often allow individuals to obtain citizenship or residency rights through substantial investment, typically in real estate, national development funds, or local businesses. However, since late 2022, the government has openly discussed introducing a programme to allow individuals to obtain citizenship by investing $1 million into the country. This has yet to pass or come into effect, so we advise looking instead at the countries with citizensip investment options currently available.

Residency in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan also has no traditional residence by investment route, instead basing its residency policies on factors such as employment, marriage, and humanitarian concerns.

Uzbekistan Passport Strength and Ranking

Were Uzbekistan to introduce a citizenship by investment scheme, it would fail to enhance that already offered by existing programmes, due mainly to its fairly weak passport. Ranking at 130th on La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking, Uzbekistan comes far below the standard of existing golden visa countries. This is due to the passport only providing visa-free access to 73 countries worldwide, making up just 21.8% of global travel and a staggeringly low 11.8% of global wealth (measured by GDP). Those looking for a strong second passport would do better to look elsewhere although there may be sufficient attraction in Uzbekistan citizenship alone for many clients without the visa free travel access. Turkey’s Citizenship Investment programme is attractive and for even stronger visa free travel access the St Kitts passport is one of several Caribbean options available.


Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes

See below a selection of countries offering residency and citizenship investment programmes.