Turkmenistan offers Japanese tourists preferential tariff

Tourism Materials 30 May 2019 14:58 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 30

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

A preferential tariff for a single-entry visa for a period of up to ten days will be set for Japanese citizens who come to Turkmenistan for tourism, Trend reports May 30 with reference to the Turkmen presidential decree.

The document was approved in order to further develop the Turkmen-Japanese cooperation in the tourism sector.

It is also prescribed to release Japanese citizens from paying consular fees and additional consular fees for carrying out urgent consular work, during off-hours, on weekends and public holidays, when issuing the above-mentioned visas.

The document prescribes the relevant departments within a month to prepare and submit to the Cabinet of Ministers proposals on introducing changes and amendments to the legislation of Turkmenistan arising from this resolution.

The impulse to business partnership was given by the official visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Turkmenistan in October 2015, during which memoranda were signed in the areas of development of natural resources and the transport infrastructure of Turkmenistan.

Agreements on a number of projects worth $18 billion were also concluded. Japan then expressed its desire to participate in projects to develop the industrial infrastructure of Turkmenistan’s biggest gas field Galkynysh.

A number of major infrastructure projects have already been implemented with the participation of Japanese companies. They include a complex of ammonia and urea production plants in Mary Region, the Garabogazkarbamid plant and a polymer complex in the Balkan Region.

According to a report by British Petroleum (BP), Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world in terms of natural gas reserves. The country currently exports it to China and Iran.

The country set a course for diversifying the local economy. The oil, gas, chemical, and building material industries are actively developing.