Turkmenistan suspends visa-free travel with Uzbekistan

By Dzhumaguly Annayev

ASHGABAT -- Turkmenistan at some point in 2015 suspended a 2004 treaty with Uzbekistan that allowed visa-free travel between the two countries, a Turkmen State Migration Service (GMS) officer who requested anonymity told Caravanserai.

The pact enabled citizens of one country's border provinces to visit the neighbouring country's border provinces for up to three days one time per month without a visa.

Turkmenistan in 2015 stopped observing the treaty after news broke of extremists flying "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) banners in Bukhara Province, Uzbekistan, the officer said.

Presently, residents of the countries' border zones may visit the other country by obtaining a 10-day visa for US $170 (595 TMT), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Turkmen service reported November 2.

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