Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 12
By Fakhri Vakilov-Trend:
Foreigners will no longer be prosecuted for violation of the rules of stay in Uzbekistan, as provided for by the law approved by Uzbekistan’s Senate of Parliament on Oct. 11, Trend reports citing Uzbekistan’s State Committee for Tourism.
Thus, Article 224 "Violation of the rules of stay in Uzbekistan" is excluded from the Uzbekistan’s Criminal Code. This measure is explained by a decrease in the number of crimes provided for in this article.
A criminal liability was established in Uzbekistan, unlike other states, for violation of the rules of stay, including imprisonment for up to three years. Over the past three years, 76 such criminal cases have been investigated.
In addition, the legislation establishes administrative liability for violations of the passport system and the rules of stay. For 2016-2018, out of 18,026 persons held administratively liable, 11,997 were foreign citizens.
Therefore, the law, approved by the senators, significantly improved administrative measures in the direction of an impressive reduction in the amount of the fine.
Responsibility was liberalized regarding the expulsion of foreign citizens and stateless persons from the country. Now, after the first violation of the rules of stay, the offender will be expelled from Uzbekistan without the right to enter for a period of one year, and with a second offense - for three years.
The law will enter into force after signing by the president of Uzbekistan.
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