Uzbekistan Eases Visa Rules for Visiting Tajiks
Uzbekistan has lifted visa requirements for Tajik citizens visiting the country for the day — a gesture of goodwill that will ease travel out of Tajikistan by offering a fresh transit option.
Tajikistan exists in something of a travel blackspot connected by airlines to only a few major cities. And tickets are expensive to boot.
Meanwhile, the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, has direct flights to Paris, London, Milan, New York, Singapore, Tokyo and Minsk, among other cities.
A visa regime has been in place between the two countries since 2000 — the result of worsening diplomatic ties. But the ill-feeling at the official level has been gradually dissipating since the death of Islam Karimov and the ascent to power of his successor, Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
In the early days of this rapprochement, the two countries reached an agreement on restarting direct flights between their respective capitals, but demand has been weak and the schedule only allows for one flight a week.
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