In Uzbekistan, this year can be called a breakthrough in terms of solutions aimed at the development of domestic and inbound tourism. The state not only approved the state program for the development of the tourism industry, but began to actively implement it.
We decided to step by step consider the strategically important decisions of the authorities of Uzbekistan, which contribute to the development of tourism in the country.
Recently, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the law "On Tourism". It will come into force in October 2019.
According to the new version of the law, tour operators and travel agents will officially engage in tourism activities on the basis of a license that is issued for an unlimited period of time.
Also, guides (guides-translators), tour guides and tour guides will be able to provide services on their own without forming a legal entity after receiving a certificate issued by the Committee. And also the standard form of the voucher was approved and the procedure for filling it out was determined.
In addition, this year, on behalf of the President of the Republic, a state program for the development of domestic and inbound tourism in Uzbekistan was developed and approved. Its goal is to increase the share of tourism in the country's GDP to 5% by 2025, by attracting 10 million foreign tourists in 5 years.
Since February 1, Uzbekistan has introduced a visa-free regime for a period of 30 days for citizens of 45 countries. This was provided for by the new decree of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev "On additional measures for the accelerated development of tourism in the Republic of Uzbekistan."
The list includes countries such as Greece, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and others.
Then, in mid-March, by the decree of the President of Uzbekistan, a visa-free regime was introduced for UAE citizens for a period of 30 days.
Uzbekistan is a state in Central Asia, with a rich historical heritage, ancient cultural traditions and a very special architectural appearance. Travelers from all over the world come here for the scent of the East, enchanting and alluring.
And of course for color, great views, gastronomic wonders and unforgettable discoveries. For this, it is worth visiting one of the pearls of medieval architecture. Choose to taste: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Fergana, mountains and deserts, fortresses and teahouses.
However, why choose if you can see all the best in Uzbekistan. The main thing is a correctly composed route, which will start, according to tradition, in Tashkent.
This is where most tourists come to go for a walk along wide avenues, numerous parks, colorful aromatic markets and squares.
If you are in a hurry, give capital Tashkent 1 day. And then, go further, get to know Uzbekistan - fortunately, transport logistics is well developed in the republic.
A modern high-speed train will take you to Samarkand in just a couple of hours, to ancient Bukhara in 4 hours. Leaving Uzbekistan without seeing these eastern treasures is completely unforgivable.
These cities are real cultural centers of medieval thought, milestones of the Golden Age of the East and witnesses of important events. It was here that the Great Silk Road passed, the best examples of scientific progress and architectural wonders were created.
In Samarkand, the scenery for the tale of "A Thousand and One Nights" come to life, do not miss the Registan - the most famous square in the republic. Three monumental buildings - madrasahs, whose facades sparkle with millions of shiny mosaic tiles, remember the great Ulugbek.
A ruler and a thinker, his observatory has become one of the must visit attractions in the republic. As well as the Poi-Kalyan complex in Bukhara. Madrasahs, mosques, mausoleums, minarets - no matter how many days you come to Bukhara, it will probably seem a little.
If you like grand fortresses, visit the Ark citadel in Bukhara. Her history goes back thousands of years, and she is not alone.
The old city behind the imposing fortress wall, Ichan-Kala, with towers and secret passages, awaits you in Khiva - another point of the Silk Road.
But architecture is not the only heritage of Uzbekistan. It will appeal to a wide variety of travelers: active, thoughtful, and leisurely. The latter are waiting for numerous cafes and restaurants of Samarkand, Tashkent and Bukhara - you didn't think to leave the republic without trying its world-famous gastronomic delights?
Pilaf, samsa, lagman, sherbet, juicy melons, grapes and peaches are the same sights of Uzbekistan as museums and palaces. And also the warm climate, bright sun, exotic nature and the incredible hospitality of the locals - you will almost certainly want to come back here.
In 2020, according to the World Tourism Organization UNWTO, the international tourist flow may decrease by 60-80%. Out of the crisis requires non-standard solutions. How Uzbekistan is getting out of the situation, the Sputnik correspondent found out.
TASHKENT, 6 Jul - Sputnik, Anna Zhelikhovskaya. UNWTO is considering several plausible scenarios for easing travel restrictions and gradually opening up international borders. If the bans remain unchanged until the beginning of July, the flow will drop by 58%, by the beginning of September - 70%, if the unfavorable situation continues until the end of the year, losses are expected at 78%. According to international experts, it is possible to count on the restoration of the sphere in 2021, first of all, domestic tourism.
Currently, tourism is allowed only in the "green" and "yellow" zones, and most tour operators focused on receiving Uzbeks, since there are practically no foreigners in the country. Even those who had previously worked to send citizens on foreign tours were re-profiled.
"This register includes, for example, museums, theaters, historical and pilgrimage sites at government agencies; airports and railway stations; hotels, restaurants and cafes, transport services," explained the State Committee for Tourism.
The objects included in the register must comply with the requirements of sanitary and hygienic safety.
To stimulate entrepreneurs to work only within the framework of this system, the state will provide financial support: until December 31 of this year, all costs of sanitary work will be compensated from the country's budget.
It is very difficult to predict the development of the epidemiological situation both in the world and in Uzbekistan. This can lead to changes in the development and organization of tourism, both domestic and international.
It is necessary to understand that in the next few years it will not be easy to attract foreign tourists to Uzbekistan. The main task is not only to make a trip to the republic safer, but also to surpass other countries in this. For this, an important step has been taken: each guest is guaranteed compensation in the amount of up to 3 thousand dollars for treatment in case he becomes infected with COVID-19 while traveling in Uzbekistan, organized by a domestic tour operator.
The capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, at first glance, is a city that is not particularly remarkable, built up with multi-storey buildings familiar to the sight. But this is only a quick and even inattentive look. Indeed, Tashkent cannot compare with Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva in terms of the number of attractions. The main reason for this is the devastating earthquake of 1966.
The badly damaged city has been rebuilt, some of the destroyed buildings of historical value have been recreated. Other city attractions were built at a later time. Despite this, if you take the time to get to know the city, wander the streets, visit mosques or local markets, you will have the opportunity to experience the colorful national atmosphere. Read more about rest in Tashkent - sights and prices below.
The airport of the Uzbek capital is located within the city limits, it receives both domestic and international flights.
Non-stop flights are organized from many Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and others.
The cost of a ticket from Moscow is from 130 euros, travel time is 3 hours 55 minutes.
The flight from Novosibirsk will last 3 hours, and you will have to pay for a ticket from 170 euros.
For those wishing to see the beauty of their native and neighboring countries, there is an opportunity to go to Tashkent by train.
Direct communication has been established with Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Ufa and a number of other cities.
A train from the Russian capital arrives at the Tashkent railway station every day. Travel time - 2 days 16 hours, the cost of the ticket depends on the class of the carriage, a trip in a reserved seat will cost about 10,000 rubles or about 140 euros. Therefore, a train from Moscow to Tashkent is not always an economical option.
Important! When crossing the border, you need to fill out a declaration indicating all cash currency. The document is drawn up in two copies, one of which must be kept by the traveler until the end of the trip. Remember that it is forbidden to take out of the country in cash more than the amount that was indicated upon entry.
Russia and Uzbekistan do not have a common border, the road will run through Kazakhstan. It is important to note that the quality of the roads leaves much to be desired as you travel. This fact must be taken into account when planning a trip and calculating the time that is supposed to be spent on it.
Where the route passes: Uzbekistan See the map »» Tour duration: 7 days/6 nights Tour route, cities: Tashkent - Chimgan - Charvak - Tashkent - Samarkand - Tashkent
Sun, beach, mountains, amusement parks, water parks, delicious food, fresh vegetables and fruits, craft and culinary master classes, minimum travel and revived excursions into the history and culture of the East - that's what a family vacation is. in Uzbekistan. Summer holidays here smell of freshly picked tomatoes, watermelons and melons, mountain herbs and the coolness of Lake Charvak, barbecue and the spicy aroma of rare spices.
We have built the program of the tour so that the rest with children in Uzbekistan would be rich and interesting for all participants. In Tashkent, young guests will appreciate the exciting attractions of the Tashkentland Park and the rapid slides of water parks, and their parents will be pleasantly surprised by the relatively low prices for such entertainment and amazingly delicious local cuisine. If your child goes through medieval Russia in history lessons, then it will be very useful for him to see with his own eyes Samarkand - the capital of the empire of Tamerlane, which in 1395 invaded the Ryazan lands, ruined Yelets and almost reached Moscow! Perfectly preserved monuments of the Timurid era in Samarkand will tell you and the children the truth of that time, and make it much clearer and more interesting than any of the history textbooks!
To replace the hot city streets, we will offer you fresh mountain breeze, sunny beach, crystal clear waters of Charvak and water fun!
Tour cost in USD for 1 person:
Children under 3 years old (without providing a separate place in the hotel) - free; The tour is guaranteed and will take place regardless of the number of participants.
Hotels. the cost of the program includes accommodation in small cozy hotels, often decorated in the national style. We recommend this particular type of accommodation, because in Uzbekistan it is completely original: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality in an intimate atmosphere of almost home comfort. Hotels of this level are distinguished by a warm welcome, sensitive and benevolent attitude of the staff and allow you to get to know the national culture better.
This route assumes the following type of accommodation:
City Hotel Tashkent Orient Inn Hotel/Samir Hotel 3 * or similar Samarkand Evroasia Hotel 3 */Zilol Baht Hotel 3 * or similar
Transport. On this route, we provide the following types of comfortable transport (depending on the number of people in the group):
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