Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan to simplify visa regime for foreign tourists
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan may sign agreement on implementation of unified multiple-entry visas, which will allow foreign tourists to visit both countries, Kazakh Culture and Sports Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly said on March 14.
“We are holding talks to make visas for Uzbekistan valid for Kazakhstan as well, and to allow tourists being to Kazakhstan visit Uzbekistan with the same visa,” the Kazakh minister told Russian Interfax agency on the sidelines of the meeting of the intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation.
“Foreign tourists visiting Kazakhstan, surely, are willing to see historical places of Uzbekistan as well, whereas those who visit Uzbekistan want to go to Hoja Ahmet Yasaui mausoleum, Astana, Altay. We are planning to sign agreement, and to prepare governmental decree in line with it. We have to make that soon,” the minister noted.
Those plans, according to him, are included in the protocol of the meeting of the intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Earlier, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have signed agreement on cancellation of the visa regime active since 2001 during the first official visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on March 9.