Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 4
By Nigar Guliyeva – Trend:
The government of Uzbekistan is working on the issue of introducing electronic entry visas (E-Visa) and will study the experience of Azerbaijan for the implementation of the system.
Today, the system of e- visas already functions in many countries. In particular, it has proved itself well in Azerbaijan and Georgia, thus their experience will be studied when implementing this technology in Uzbekistan, the State Committee on Tourism told the Uzbek media outlets.
The procedure will allow tourists to avoid queues at the embassy, and submit all documents online. In this case, travelers will not need to pass an interview with the consul.
Acquisition and installation of necessary equipment, development of special software products, as well as testing of the "Electronic Visa" system using the infrastructure of the existing biometric passport system of Uzbekistan is planned to be completed this summer.
Over the first six months of 2017, over 1.1 million tourists visited Uzbekistan, which is 18 percent more than in the same period of 2016. Furthermore, export of tourist services reached $694.5 million.
Earlier it was reported that Uzbek embassies in foreign countries will render all consular services by using e-documents in 2018. Exit visas will be canceled in Uzbekistan from 2019. New departments were opened abroad in 2017 to render consular and other services to compatriots.