Uzbekistan’s foreign minister speaks on facilitation of visa regime, attraction of tourists

TASHKENT (TCA) — Speaking at the Uzbek parliament on May 27, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov told about his ministry’s work on improving the country’s visa system, the Jahon information agency reported.

The Foreign Minister stressed the need to further facilitate the procedure for issuing entry visas for major and reliable foreign investors and highly qualified specialists. To date, citizens of 13 states — Austria, Belgium, the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Japan — can visit Uzbekistan for business purposes under a simplified procedure.

Kamilov said that today, the issue of multiple-entry visas in a simplified procedure to business people from Turkey and China is being elaborated.

The attraction of foreign tourists is another task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan. The ministry’s work in this direction is aimed at increasing the tourist flow to the country, ensuring the participation of leading foreign companies in the implementation of joint projects for the development of the domestic tourism industry. In January-April this year, Uzbek diplomatic missions abroad organized more than 500 events in the form of seminars, presentations, round tables, briefings, days of culture, and exhibitions to promote Uzbekistan and its tourist attractions.

This year alone, over 100 representatives of foreign media, including Chinese CCTV, Japanese NHK, Malaysian TV3, Turkish TRT, Australian media company David Adams Films, Belgian edition of Travel Magazine, and National Geographic Russia magazine have visited Uzbekistan to produce materials on the country’s rich history, unique culture and dynamic progress.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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