Uzbekistan: The Second Top Tourist Destination in Asia

It tops Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and Nepal, enchanting travellers by its “fascinating mosaic mosques”. Since the end of 2017, Uzbek authorities want to develop tourism with new visa schemes, new air routes, and expanded rail network.

This is also the first time that the Central Asia country makes it to the top ten Asian destinations, overtaking more traditional and “promoted” places like Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and Nepal.

Uzbekistan is the second top spot to visit in Asia after South Korea, this according to Lonely Planet, the famous tourist guide. On the website, one can read that whilst “Uzbekistan has long held sway over travellers’ imaginations”, it had “remained largely closed off to the wider world due to tight control following the end of the Soviet era.”

Now, an electronic visa system is set to become operational on 15 July, allowing foreigners to apply for 30-day visas online, at a cost of US$ 20. People from 101 countries will also be able to transit visa-free entry through Uzbekistan for up to five days.