Uzbekistan Scraps Tourist Visas for 27 Nations From April
Uzbekistan has scrapped tourist visa requirements for citizens of 27 nations in the country’s boldest opening yet to the outside world.
News website Uzreport reported that President-elect Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree on December 2 allowing visa-free travel to Uzbekistan for citizens of the countries in question for a period of up to a month.
The freshly adopted rules will come into effect from April 1 and apply to Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea and Japan, among others. Citizens of several other countries, including the United States, France and Israel can enter Uzbekistan without visas if they are aged 55 or over. Chinese tourists traveling in a group also qualify.
The stated aim of the measure is to allow for the rapid development of Uzbekistan’s tourist industry, which has indeed been hampered by the bureaucratic procedures related to acquiring a visa.
The government also plans to introduce an e-visa system as of 2018.
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