Visa free travel extended to 45 more countries
From February 1, 2019, citizens of another 45 countries will be able to enter Uzbekistan without a visa for a period of 30 days.
This is provided for by the new decree of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev “On additional measures for the accelerated development of tourism in the Republic of Uzbekistan” (a list of countries is given below).
In February last year, the head of state signed a decree on the introduction of a visa-free regime for a period of 30 days for citizens of seven countries - Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and Japan. In March, Tajikistan will be added to this list, in October - France (the total number of such countries is 18), and Germany will be added from January 15.
At the same time, a simplified procedure for issuing tourist visas for citizens of 39 countries (in total - 51 such countries) was introduced. Since July, electronic visas, visa-free entry for foreigners up to 16 years old and a 5-day visa-free entry for transit passengers from 101 countries have been introduced.
Simplification of the visa regime and the rules of stay in Uzbekistan, along with the development of infrastructure and promotion of the country's tourist potential abroad, led to a twofold increase in the number of foreigners who visited the republic last year - from 2.60 million in 2017 to 5.3 million, noted in the decree of the head of state.
From February 1, 2009, the list of countries whose citizens have the possibility of obtaining an electronic entry visa is also expanding to 76 countries. In addition, from March 15, introduced double and multiple electronic entry visas with a validity of 30 days.
Additionally, new categories of visas are introduced for certain groups of foreign citizens (non-electronic) - Vatandosh, Student visa, Academic visa, Medical visa and Piligrim visa.
The list of countries for which citizens from February 1 introduced a visa-free regime for a period of 30 days:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Cyprus