Published on : Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan is keen on building country’s initiative to boost up tourism.
2018 witnessed the introduction of e-visas to ease the process for visitors from approved countries, along with the nationals of France, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey being provided a visa waiver.
From 15 January, German tourists will be permitted to visit without a visa, as those from Cyprus, Austria and Italy, as well as the UK, will get the similar advantage from February.
Also, the current e-visa scheme will simultaneously be extended to cover nationals of 76 more countries, and will permit for double and multiple entries to the country.
Visitor pouring into the Central Asian country have by now doubled from the time of visa reforms in 2018, from 2.6 million the previous year to 5.3 million. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs understandably hopes a major growth for this new year.
Also, Uzbekistan will become more accessible for the UK visitors. Thanks to the increased flight routes. Uzbekistan Airways explains it will take delivery of two new Airbus A320neos and three Boeing 787 Dreamliners in spring of this year, allowing it to add new long-haul destinations. Already the flag carrier provides direct flights between London Heathrow and Tashkent, and proposes to add a second UK airport to its network in summer 2019.