Uzbekistan plans to cancel registration by foreigners for stay under 30 days


TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan is considering cancellation of the registration demanded of foreign visitors for a stay of no more than 30 days in the Central Asian country, according to a proposed presidential decree open for public comment on December 10, Xinhua news agency reported.

The new practice is planned to take effect from July 2020.

Existing regulations require foreign visitors to register with the local authorities upon their arrival no matter how long they plan to stay.

The proposed decree also calls for efforts to have two of the country’s historical sites to be elected to UNESCO’s World Heritage List every four years in order to attract more foreign tourists.

The Uzbek government has since this year taken a series of measures to boost tourism, with a goal to receive more than 9 million foreign tourists by 2025 while promoting the tourism industry to 5 percent of gross domestic product from 2.3 percent in 2017.

Sergey Kwan