TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan announced Tuesday (December 6) plans to roll back its tourism regime by cancelling visa requirements for 15 countries.
An executive order that followed the victory of interim leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev in a presidential vote Sunday (December 4) said citizens of the 15 countries would not need visas to enter the country after April 2017.
The presidential order published by Mirziyoyev’s press service also clarified that citizens from 12 other countries can enter the country visa-free if they are 55 years old or older.
The policy change was made "in order to create a favourable economic and institutional conditions for intensive development of tourism as a strategic sector of the economy", according to the order.
Citizens of the following countries will be allowed to visit Uzbekistan visa-free for a period of 30 days regardless of age: Australia, Austria, Britain, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Korea, Singapore, Finland, Switzerland and Japan.