Last Friday, Uzbekistan announced that Germans can now visit their country and stay for up to 30 days, visa-free to boost tourism. Uzbekistan was formerly a Soviet country and is emerging from long-term isolation.
Uzbekistan first made this visa-free waiver to France and Germany is the second country in the EU to be getting the offer. Since the demise of its high-handed leader, Islam Karimov in 2016, who ruled the country for many years, Uzbekistan has gradually begun to open up.
Citizens of Germany will be able to enter the country without a visa starting January 15, 2019. This announcement came after three months when they announced France’s visa-free waiver.
The central Asian country has been subjected to years of impoverishment and hugely depends on commodity exports. But recently, the country has been paying attention to tourism and has made it a priority to develop the sector.
There are sights in the country that the government is keen to show off. For instance, some Uzbekistani cities like Bukhara, Samarkand, and Khiva have a heritage of lavish silk roads.
More Germans visited Uzbekistan last year
The Uzbekistani tourism committee released some statistics which show that up to 18,094 visitors from Germany came into the central Asian country in 2018. This figure is almost five times the number that visited in 2016.
The current president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has a reformative agenda met with the president of the US, Donald Trump as well as the leader of France, Emmanuel Macron last year and will be visiting Germany this month.
Mirziyoyev was formerly the prime minister of Uzbekistan and served under the low-performing late president. In a bid to steer the future of the country towards better prospects, he has overturned many bad policies in the country including those that affect tourism.
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