Uzbekistan Making It Easier to Travel In, And Out, of Country
Uzbekistan’s presidential program on the development of tourism through to 2019 has again dangled the possibility that the visa regime could be eased for short-term visitors.
Tourism industry insiders have already had their hearts broken on this once, however. At the start of the year, the government announced plans to allow citizens of 27 countries to travel to the country visa-free as soon as from April. But just days later, in what rumored to be result of an internal scrap between the president’s office and the head of the security services, that was taken off the table.
In another bash at fixing the problem, the government has said it is creating a working group that will by the end of September draw up a list of countries for which the visa process will be streamlined. Citizens from mainly Muslim countries like Indonesia and Malaysia will be offered special categories to travel to Islamic pilgrimage sites in places like Samarkand and Bukhara.
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