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Citizens of 45 Countries to get Visa Free Access to Uzbekistan

Posted : 09 January 2019 11:35:24 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

Citizens of 45 Countries to get Visa Free Access to Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev wants to build on the country’s initiative to stimulate tourism. Last year saw the introduction of e-visas to smooth the process for visitors from approved countries, as well as nationals of France, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey being offered a visa waiver. German tourists will be allowed to visit without a visa from 15 January, while those from countries including Cyprus, Austria and Italy, as well as the UK, will get the same privilege from February. The existing e-visa scheme will also be extended to cover nationals of 76 more countries, and will allow for double and multiple entries to the country. Visitor numbers to the Central Asian country have already doubled since the visa reforms of 2018, from 2.6 million the previous year to 5.3 million. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs understandably expects significant more growth for 2019.

Uzbekistan will also become more accessible to UK tourists thanks to increased flight routes. Uzbekistan Airways says it will take delivery of two new Airbus A320neos and three Boeing 787 Dreamliners in spring 2019, enabling it to add new long-haul destinations. The flag carrier already offers direct flights between London Heathrow and Tashkent, and plans to add a second UK airport to its network in summer 2019.

Tags : Uzbekistan, VisaFree, Tourism

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