Uzbekistan to introduce visa-free regime for 22 countries
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 20
By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:
Uzbekistan is planning to introduce a visa-free regime for another 22 states soon, Trend reports on Dec. 20 referring to Uzbek media.
The statement was made by Acting First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee of Uzbekistan for the Development of Tourism Ulugbek Kasymkhojayev.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Abdukhakimov said that Uzbekistan is considering the possibility of introducing a visa-free regime for a number of states, including the countries of the European Union.
Uzbekistan from Oct. 5 has introduced a visa-free regime for citizens of France, since early March – for citizens of Tajikistan.
In February, the country launched a visa-free regime for citizens of seven countries. Tourists from Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and Japan have been allowed to stay in the country without a visa for 30 days from the date of entry.
In addition, a list of 39 countries has been approved, in respect of which, on Feb. 10, 2018, a simplified procedure for issuing tourist visas was introduced.
On July 15, Uzbekistan introduced a system for processing and issuing electronic entry visas. For the first 50 days of its operation, over 9,000 travelers from 45 countries of the world received an entry visa to Uzbekistan.
During the ten months of 2018, the number of foreign citizens visiting Uzbekistan exceeded last year’s figures almost twice and amounted to about 4.4 million people. Significant growth was reasoned by the visa free regime introduced in 2018 for citizens of nine countries.
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