Uzbekistan simplifies visa regime for tourists

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan has increased the number of countries whose citizens can obtain tourist visas in a simplified procedure and expanded the e-visa validity period in a bid to boost tourism, Xinhua news agency reported with reference to the Uzbek Foreign Ministry.

Citizens of 77 countries can now get Uzbek tourist visas within two working days and the requirements to provide a tourist voucher or invitation of the inviting legal or natural persons in Uzbekistan have been abolished, the ministry said, citing a presidential decree signed last week.

Furthermore, the validity of an Uzbek electronic visa for a 30-day stay in the country has been expanded to 90 days. That is, the stay of a foreign citizen is calculated from the moment of crossing the Uzbek state border, including entry into the country on the 90th day, according to the document.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Uzbekistan has reached 1.3 million in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 42 percent compared to the same period of 2018, according to the Uzbek State Committee for Tourism.

During the second quarter of 2019, the number is expected to be around 1.47 million, and by the end of the year, about 6 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Uzbekistan.

Sergey Kwan

TCA