Travellers will soon be able to visit Uzbekistan for up to 30 days thanks to a new visa scheme. The visa was announced as part of a presidential decree by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev on 4 December.
Previously, the maximum length offered for a visa to Uzbekistan was 15 days, with most tourist visas being issued for only seven days. The new scheme will allow travellers to apply for a single-entry visa of up to 30 days in duration. It was unclear at the time of writing whether the new visa would be open to tourists of all nationalities.
The scheme comes as Uzbekistan has been seen to open its doors to tourism since the death of former president Islam Karimov, whose administration was thought by many to be an authoritarian regime closed off from outside influence and not particularly encouraging of tourism.
Originally authored by Megan Eaves (Lonely Planet).
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Recent developments in Azerbaijan’s neighborhood – the potential resolution of the status of the Caspian Sea; a more vibrant Central Asia due to Uzbekistan’s new openness towards its neighbors; and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia – portend a greater political and economic role for the Republic of Azerbaijan.Argument Eurasia Crossroads