Good news is in store for Indonesians who are planning to travel to Uzbekistan this year. Uzbekistan will soon implement an immigration plan that lets Indonesia passport holders can travel to Uzbekistan for 30 days without requiring a visa. Other countries that are eligible for visa-free travel are South Korea, Israel, Malaysia, Turkey, Singapore, and Japan.
Also, crew members who fly out to Uzbekistan regularly have access to visa-free travel as well. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, president of Uzbekistan, also has relaxed rules for people entering the country from the European Union, Canada, the United States, Middle East, and Eastern Asian countries. All these countries no longer need to present an invitation letter or travel vouchers from a law agency or an individual to get an Uzbekistan visa. Visas will be issued as early as in two working days. Starting July, the country is all set to launch its very own e-visa system that will make travel all the way more convenient.
The visa-free travel started on February 10th, 2018. On February 3rd, 2018 Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree stating that additional measures will be taken to boost the country’s international tourism industry. There is a lot of potential for development of a tourism industry. These all changes became a reality after Islam Karimov, the ruler of Uzbekistan died in 2016. Unfortunately, tourists are still not allowed to click photos or shoot videos of metros and government buildings of Tashkent, the country’s capital.
Transit visa and more
Mirziyoyev is trying to amend the mistakes his predecessor committed. Nationals of some countries can get a 72-hour transit visa if they land at the Tashkent Airport. Also, the government will send a list of places that tourists can’t photograph soon, and the metro is probably not going to be a part of it anymore. According to the decree on February 3rd, tourists are allowed to fly drones.