Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan Move to Simplify Travel Rules for Each Other’s Citizens

Citizens of Uzbekistan will now be able to stay in Azerbaijan without registration for up to 15 days, according to Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. The same rules apply to citizens of Azerbaijan in Uzbekistan, due to a protocol entering into force that amends an agreement between the government of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan on visa-free travel. Previously, the period of stay without registration in Uzbekistan was five days, and in Azerbaijan for Uzbeks — 10 days.

The visa-free regime between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan is already in force: Uzbeks can stay in Azerbaijan for no more than 90 days, and Azeris in Uzbekistan for no more than 30 days.

In August of last year, Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Azerbaijan following his re-election and signed a document on the establishment of the Supreme Interstate Council between the two countries with his counterpart, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev

A key component of bilateral cooperation is logistics. Currently the countries are discussing the creation of a logistics company within the Trans-Caspian corridor — and building warehouse infrastructure and logistics centers in the ports of Baku and those located in third countries.

The two countries actively cooperate in many spheres, as evidenced by the sharply increasing trade turnover between the two republics: it has grown by 40% since the beginning of 2023. The two countries plan to increase bilateral trade to $1bn annually. This will be facilitated in part by the Uzbek-Azerbaijani investment fund,  which now has authorized capital of $500m. Three-quarters of that capital is slated to go to Azerbaijan, with a quarter for Uzbekistan. Today, over 200 companies operate in Uzbekistan with Azerbaijani investments.


Times of Central Asia