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The pylons are designed primarily for tourists: they provide information about the sights of the capital and show a map on which tourist sites are marked.

24-hour monitors are located in the area of the Uzbek National Academic Drama Theater, the State Musical Theater named after Mukimi, the State Academic Bolshoi Theater named after Alisher Navoi, the International Airport named after Islam Karimov, the Madrasa Kukaldosh, the Uzbek State Circus, the International Westminster University of Tashkent, the Hotel Uzbekistan, Pushkin Square and st. Sayilgoh ("Broadway").

According to the press service of the city administration, the pylons were installed by the hokimiyat together with the Department of Tourism Development and MediaLux LLC.

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Popular American bloggers visited Uzbekistan and “blew up” the Internet with their videos.

American travel bloggers drove through the most famous cities of Uzbekistan. The video, which they soon posted on the network, has already gained more than 100 thousand views.

American brothers Alex and Marco are famous Californian bloggers. Coming to new cities and countries, they are trying to show something unknown. What happened to them when visiting Uzbekistan, you can find out by watching the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiJVQZmLaHE

   

 

 

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The British newspaper the Guardian published a detailed guide for one-month-long travel to Uzbekistan.

The publication invites its readers to explore the “heritage of the Silk Road, desert landscapes, the Tashkent subway and the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara in a country where tourists are encouraged by new, relaxed visa rules.”

The newspaper recommends visiting 8 cities: Tashkent, Marglan, Andijan, Kokand, Samarkand, Bukhara, Nurata and Nukus.

Below is the link for original article:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jan/30/backpackers-guide-to-uzbekistan-itinerary-tashkent-samarkand-bukhara

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President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree “On additional measures to accelerate the development of tourism in the Republic of Uzbekistan”.

The document notes that the simplification of the visa regime and the rules of stay in Uzbekistan, along with the development of infrastructure and the promotion of the country’s tourist potential abroad, led to a twofold increase in the number of foreigners visiting the country - from 2.60 million in 2017 to 5.3 million in 2018.

 

The list includes Australia, Austria, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Hungary, Brunei Darussalam, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Canada, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden , Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, New Zealand, Portugal, Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Malta, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Chile, Romania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Finland, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Estonia .

 

It should be noted that Uzbekistan in February 2018 introduced a visa-free regime for a period of 30 days for citizens of seven countries - Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and Japan. Later, this list was expanded and Tajikistan, France and Germany were included.

 

Besides that from 1 February, citizens of 76 countries are granted the right to receive an electronic entry visa through the e-visa.gov.uz system.

This list includes the following countries:  Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Egypt, Barbados, Belize, Venezuela, Uruguay, Gabon, Qatar, Kuwait, Grenada, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Jordan, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Guyana, Bahrain, Bhutan, Cambodia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Tonga, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, Mexico, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Samoa, United Arab Emirates, Albania, Angola, Vanuatu, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Cape Verde , Cameroon, Kiribati, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Mauritius, Macedonia, the Marshall Islands and Nauru, Citizens of Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, Senegal, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Philippines, Ecuador, El Salvador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, Bahamas, and the Commonwealth of the West, the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, the Bahamas, and the Commonwealth of the West, the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, the Solomon Islands, the Bahamas, and the Commonwealth of the Commonwealth of Independent States, USA, Vietnam, Oman, Tunisia, Nepal, Federated States of Micronesia, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Jamaica can receive electronic entry visas to Uzbekistan.

 

The e-visa.gov.uz system was launched on 15 July 2018. The system can be used by citizens arriving in Uzbekistan for tourism purposes from countries for which a simplified procedure for issuing visas has been established (now citizens of 51 countries can use it). The size of the consular fee is US$20.

 

At the same time, from 15 March, Uzbekistan introduces double and multiple electronic entry visas for a period of 30 days.

 

Welcome to Uzbekistan!

 

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Experts of International SOS and Control Risks compiled a map with risk assessments for tourists for 2019.

Uzbekistan is recognized as the safest travel country in Central Asia. The level of threats to tourists here is quite low, the same as in most EU countries.

International SOS is the world’s largest medical and tourism service, which operates in 92 countries.

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Uzbekistan won the first place in Gastronomic tourism nomination according to the National Geographic Traveler magazine in the National Geographic Traveler Awards 2018.

Uzbekistan scored 34% of the vote, overtaking Italy (21%) and Azerbaijan (17%).

National Geographic Traveler Awards is a unique competition that annually opens up new best vacation spots to help travelers, which will surely inspire every reader to travel.

 

You are always welcome to our beautiful country to taste all those dishes!

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About 9,100 citizens of 45 countries of the world received an entry visa to Uzbekistan within 50 days after the introduction of the E-VISA.GOV.UZ system.

The most visas were issued to Chinese citizens - 2043, the USA - 998, Great Britain - 900, India - 716, France - 588, Germany - 509, Italy - 417, Poland - 356 and Australia - 253.

The e-visa.gov.uz system was launched on 15 July. Citizens, arriving in Uzbekistan for tourist purposes from countries for which a simplified procedure for issuing a visa is established, can use the system.

The application is considered within two working days. The electronic visa is issued for a single stay in the territory of Uzbekistan for a period of 30 days. It is valid for 90 days.

An electronic visa is sent to an e-mail address, when crossing the border, it is enough to submit a visa in paper or electronic form.

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President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a Decree on Further Measures to Optimize the Procedure of Entry of Foreign Citizens into Uzbekistan on July 4th, 2018 by launching E-visas system for 51 countries, a transit visa-free procedure for 101 countries and a visa-free regime for foreign citizens under 16.

E-visas system. Starting from July 15th, 2018 Uzbekistan introduces E-visa system on «e-visa.gov.uz» for citizens of 51 countries. An electronic visa is issued for a period of 30 days and valid for 90 days from the date of its issuance. To obtain E-visa, applicant should apply at least three business days before the planned date of arrival to Uzbekistan. E-visa will be issued within two business days excluding the day the application was filed. The issued E-visa is sent to the e-mail of applicant. The amount of the consular fee for registration and issuance of an electronic visa is 20 USD. Payment for E-visa can be done online through international payment systems, and the applicant does not necessarily to be the owner of a bank card.

More information on the link below:

https://www.un.int/uzbekistan/news/republic-uzbekistan-introduces-e-visa-system-51-countries-and-5-day-transit-visa-free-procedure

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June 18-A new arrival terminal for passengers of international destinations has been opened at TashkentInternationalAirport named after Islam Karimov.

 

You all remember those long crowded lines and approximate time to go out of the Airport around 1.5 hours, now it all can be forgotten.   

 

The time for passing passport control is reduced from 15-20 minutes to 7-10 minutes. Luggage is delivered from an aircraft to the luggage carousel in 10 minutes. Incoming guests and citizens of Uzbekistan will be able to complete all formal procedures at the airport in 20-30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

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In Uzbekistan, starting from July 1, a full-fledged multicurrency system will be launched when carrying out non-cash payments.

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan together with the Association of Banks and commercial banks should by this time complete the integration of domestic payment systems with major international counterparts. This will allow accepting plastic cards of foreign citizens in the entire network of payment terminals of the republic.

In practice, the new mechanism will allow foreigners to purchase in the shops, pay for meals and other things in Uzbekistan due to the fact that dollars on the card will be automatically converted into sums at the rate of the regulator.

 

 

 

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Uzbekistan launched a VERUM QR project, which will allow tourists to get information about the sights of the country with the help of special QR-codes in 12 languages, the press service of the State Tourism Committee of Uzbekistan said.

The chairman of the State Tourism Committee Aziz Abdukhakimov said that the modern tourists use the modern technologies to get information they need, first of all using smart phones.

He underlined that today the concept of SMART-tourism is developing rapidly in the world and for the first time a technology of using QR-codes will be presented in Uzbekistan. Within the framework of this project, it is envisaged that the tourist, in a matter of seconds, receives all information on tourist sites and attractions in Uzbekistan in a convenient and accessible form in 12 languages on the smartphones, pointing his smartphone to a QR-code picture.

“At the same time, the users will be provided with information not only about the tourist site itself, but also about the nearest objects: hotels, restaurants, art galleries and other architectural and historical monuments,” he added.

The State Tourism Committee and Tehno Dargoh Ltd. already in pilot mode implemented and tested the system in Khiva.

 

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        President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On introducing changes and additions to the Tariff of Consular Fees of the Republic of Uzbekistan”. The document amended the procedure for issuing tourist visas.

According to the document, a single tourist visa for individual foreign citizens, issued for a period of 30 days, is introduced in Uzbekistan.

Earlier, foreign citizens, receiving a tourist visa for a short period (for 7 or 15 days), faced problems with prolonging their visas if their return flights delayed for any reason.

        Uzbek leader also reduced the cost of registration of entry tourist visas for individual foreign tourists from US$60 to US$40. The high cost of a tourist visa served as a certain deterrent for making a decision to travel to Uzbekistan, the press service of the Uzbek State Tourism Committee said.

The resolution decreased the lower threshold for registration of a group tourist visa from 10 to 5 people.

        Uzbek State Tourism Committee underlined that that the earlier requirement for the presence of at least 10 tourists for registration of a group tourist visa caused difficulties, since in most cases, groups are formed from close relatives or relatives, usually consisting of 5 people or more.

The adopted resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan will ensure the minimization of formalities and reduce the costs of potential tourists associated with the design of tourist visas and the activation of foreign tourists, including by increasing the number of group tourists in small groups.

 

 

 

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Consistent work is being carried out at the initiative of the Uzbek President on development and modernization of the transport and communication system, providing transport services at the modern level.

Construction of the overhead metro line has begun in Tashkent taking into account the needs of the population, as well as further development of the capital.

Over 50.5 kilometers of this metro line, total length of which is 52,1 kilometers, is decided to be laid on the ground using the overpass that is 6 meters in height, the other 1,6 kilometers – on the ground.

The project, designed for 2017-2021, will be implemented in five stages.

At present, the laying of monolithic concrete racks for the overpass has begun. Construction work is being carried out by the collective of the unitary enterprise “Kuprik kurilish tresti” (“Bridge construction trust”) under the “Uzbekiston temir yullari” (“Uzbekistan railways”) JSC.

The construction of this comprehensively convenient, accessible and safe transport network has a huge socio-economic significance for the capital. Issues of ensuring the needs of the population and guests of Tashkent in modern transport services are under the constant attention of the state. Convenient solutions for the population are being used in implementation of this new project.

 

 

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Some of you may remember those days when you or your tourists have been in Uzbekistan and needed to find a place to change the money for a good rate and carry those big amounts of packs of small bills. Most of our tourists made photos when they saw these packs and actually they became millionaires just exchanging 120 USD !

Those days can be forgotten, we have good news: all banks and hotels in Uzbekistan opened free conversion of the money on their real rate and now you can be free to exchange the money (USD or EURO and some other currencies) easily. Besides we have new bills which are 10000 sum and 50000 sum and all banks give these bills to the people who exchange money. So, no need to carry a backpack now to pay for your Lunch or Dinner! So, no fear now to exchange the money on a good rate and no big packs!

 But mostly this is one of the greatest reforms that can help our economy to attract foreign investors to various fields of business.  Uzbekistan is on the way to big changes, and we are all very positive about it. Will keep sharing with you with great news and changes on our next newsletters!

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On September 8th, over 150 cooks in Tashkent will team up to make the world's largest pot of plov.

In Olmaliq, Tashkent region, on the initiative of Milliy TV channel, a giant portion of plov was cooked. The weight of the record dish, fixed by experts, was more than 6 tons. 

It was a rehearsal for cooking the world’s gigantic plov. The official attempt to set a world record and make it into the Guinness World Records will be held on September 8 within the Festival of Traditional Culture ‘O’zbegim’ that is timed to the first anniversary of Milliy TV channel.

 

Plov was prepared in a cauldron with a diameter of 4.2 meters and a volume of almost 8 thousand liters, specially cast for this event at the Olmaliq Mining and Metallurgical Combine. The total weight of cauldron was 7070 kg, the depth is 1 meter. The fireplace weighed almost 3 tons. 

For the preparation of plov, plenty of products were used. In particular, beef meat - 826 kg, lamb - 825.5 kg, lamb fat - 195 kg and, most importantly, 1,650 kg of rice. There were also used 2.4 kg of carrots, 185 kg of onions, 350 liters of vegetable oil, 480 kg of salt. All this was seasoned with 4.5 kg of cumin, 165 kg of barberry, 90 kg of peas, 3 kg of black pepper. 

More than 50 famous plov chefs from all over Uzbekistan gathered to cook this plov. The dish was stirred with skimmers of a length of more than 2 meters. 
The plov was served among the guests of the event and more than 22 thousand Olmaliq residents. 

In total, 150 people of different professions worked on the organization and preparation of the event for day and night. 

 

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Within the framework of the regular meeting of the Cooperation Council «Uzbekistan-European Union» which had been held in Brussels in July 2017, the State Committee of Uzbekistan on development of tourism and the Belgian company «Bandua Communications» signed an agreement on the promotion of the national tourism potential of Uzbekistan on TV5 Monde channels.

On 7 August the film crew arrived to Uzbekistan, where until 14 August will shoot episodes in Samarkand and Bukhara, in particular, about the mausoleum of Amir Temur, Samarkand bread, the Siabzkiy Bazaar, and also «3D mapping» of Registan Square in Samarkand.

Belgian and French audiences, along with the preparation of pilaf in an ordinary Uzbek family, will uncover the secrets of Bukhara blacksmiths and jewelers. 

TV5MONDE is the leading French language channel broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without commercial interruptions. It reaches more than 318 million households and 32 million viewers every week in 200 countries and territories, making TV5MONDE the largest distributed French language network in the world being broadcast via 8 separate feeds. Programming originates from 5 different countries, including France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and French speaking Africa.

Programming includes 18 daily newscasts, subtitled films and series, entertainment programs, documentaries, cultural programs and international sports coverage.

 

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The representatives of the London office of the American magazine "National Geographic Traveler" visited our country on 26-31 July, with a goal to promote the rich cultural and historical heritage and tourism potential of Uzbekistan.

They prepared a special report on the culture of Uzbekistan, historical, architectural and tourist attractions, as well as on the work of the famous artist V. Useinov.

The journalists visited the workshops of Uzbek artists, the Museum of applied arts, visited the Old town and Chorsu market.

In Fergana they met with artist V. Useinov, visited Margilan and the factory "Yodgorlik", specialized in the production of Han-Atlas.

 

 

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A tourist zone called “Samarkand city” will be created in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand city until 2020, according to the decree of the country’s Cabinet of Ministers.

A three-year program worth about 5 million USD dollars for the accelerated development of the tourism potential of Samarkand city and the Samarkand region has been approved in accordance with the decree.

Financing of the program is provided at the expense of funds from the republican and local budgets of Samarkand city and the Samarkand region, as well as domestic and foreign investments.

Modern hotels, cottages, shops and entertainment facilities, including an amphitheater, bowling clubs, karaoke bars, cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops will be built in Samarkand within the framework of the program.

Sports and recreational area will be built on the territory of Samarkand rowing channel for the residents of Samarkand and the region, as well as tourists.

It is expected that the implementation of the program will make it possible to increase the tourist flow to Uzbekistan twice by 2022.

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As you may know there is a big event of expo taking place in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. Specialized international exhibition EXPO-2017 enlisted by the best tourist guides and top 50 awaited events of the world will take place from June 10 to September 10, 2017 in Astana. For the period of 93 days Kazakhstan will hold one of the most grandiose holidays of the tourist season. 115 countries and 18 international organizations have confirmed their participation. It is expected that the event will be visited by up to 5 mln people from all over the world.

 

We truly believe there is a great opportunity to attract international participants that travel in Kazakhstan and most importantly combining it with Uzbekistan tours. If you have a chance to contact your country representatives and/or individual participants to offer them combined journeys in Central Asia including Uzbekistan, we would love to cooperate and help you with all arrangements.

 

Thank you for your time and have a nice day!

 

 

 

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Uzbekistan postponed abolishment of visas for tourists from 27 countries, initially planned for 1 April 2017, until 1 January 2021. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a corresponding decree on 22 December.

The document says the decision had been made in order to create the required conditions and guarantee safety of lives and health of foreign tourists and the country’s citizens.

Previous decree, dated 2 December, announced abolishment of visas for tourists arriving in the country for less than 30 days from 15 states: Australia Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore, Finland, Switzerland and Japan.

Additionally, visas should have been abolished for citizens aged 55 and up coming from 12 states: Belgium, Indonesia, China (within tourist groups),Malaysia, USA, France, Vietnam, Israel, Poland, Hungary, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

The decree notes that the proposal to postpone abolishment of visas had been prepared by the State Tourism Development Committee (former Uzbektourism national company), Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry, State Customs Committee and other structures.

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