The Law "On tourism" was approved, by Oliy Majlis on 20 August 1999. It
regulates state policy in the sphere of tourism, defines legislative norms for
this sector of economy, including norms of relations between subjects and
objects of tourism.
The Regulations "On the order of departure and entrance of tourists to the
Republic of Uzbekistan". The appropriate provision has been approved in
order to regulate the entrance of foreign tourists into the Republic of
Uzbekistan and departure of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad as
tourists, and to secure their safety. It was issued according to the Law of
Republic Uzbekistan "On tourism", Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the
Republic of Uzbekistan dated 28 July 2004 No.360 "On further improvement of
Uzbektourism national company activities".
Regulations "On licensing of tourist activity". The Resolution of the
Cabinet of Ministers dated 11 November 2003 No.497 stipulates the procedure and
rules for receiving the license for tourist activities various subjects of
managing. The Order of certification of tourist services. It was registered
within the Ministry of Justice on 18 March 2000 No.911. It contains general
provisions, rules and procedures of carrying out obligatory certification of
tourist services rendered by subjects of tourist activities and can be also used
in carrying out voluntary certification.
The Resolution "On simplification of visa procedures for Italian citizens"
of the Cabinet Of Ministers dated 19 February 2003 No.85. The Ministry for
Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan was entrusted to issue multi-entry visas for one
month to citizens of Italian Republic visiting Uzbekistan as tourists within two
working days with a waver of presenting tourist vouchers of Uzbektourism or
other tourist organizations. Note: the same procedure covers citizens of France.
Latvia, Great Britain, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Germany and Belgium.
"On granting exemption from customs duties to some tourist organizations".
The Ministry of Finance (No.04-02-04/11) and the State Tax Committee (No.09-386
dated 12 January 1996) in order to implement the Decree of the President of the
Republic of Uzbekistan dated 2 July 1995 "On measures to facilitate
participation of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the revival of the Great Silk
Road and to develop international tourism in the republic" consider it possible
to support the proposal of Uzbektourism regarding exemption of tourist agencies
in Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent cities from paying customs duties for
importing vehicles for their own use.
The Decree "On measures to facilitate participation of the Republic of
Uzbekistan in the revival of the Great Silk Road and to develop international
tourism in the republic". The decree of the President of Republic Uzbekistan
dated 2 June 1995. The document stipulates the following:
- To organize special open economic zones on international tourism in the cities
of the Great Silk Route - Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, and Tashkent;
- At the airports and the railway stations of the specified cities introduce
simplified order of customs clearance for foreign tourists, which corresponds to
international norms, and also special customs areas for transit tourists;
- To exempt from all kinds of taxes newly formed tourist agencies and the
enterprises of these cities for the period from the data of their establishment
till the date of receiving the first profit, but no more than three years from
the date of registration;
- The specified organizations and enterprises in the first year of receiving the
profit shall pay 50% of the profit tax, in the second year - 75%, starting from
the third year - 100%;
- To exempt foreign investors which set up joint ventures in the sphere of
tourism in Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent from the payment of exported
profit tax for the period of 5 years in addition to the privileges granted.
- To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in two
months term to identify common visa to foreign tourists, which is valid for the
whole territory of the Republic, except for the objects defined by the
legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
- To recommend commercial banks to provide credits to businessmen for
construction of private hotels and hotel infrastructure with the term of
repayment not less than five years;
- To establish Interdepartmental Tourism Council within the Cabinet of
Ministers, having defined its primary goals as: deepening of economic reforms in
the sphere of tourism; coordination of the development of the network of small
and medium hotels, motel and camping at a level of world standards; assistance
to the development of modern entertainment business, cultural and fitness
centers; organization of wide publicity and preservation of unique tourist
potential and historical and cultural heritage; carrying out coordinated
scientific, technical and investment policy in tourism; providing training and
retraining of tourism personnel.
"The Order on entrance to and departure from the Republic of Uzbekistan of
foreign citizens and persons without citizenship". The Resolution of the
Cabinet of Ministers dated 21 November 1996, No.408. Foreign citizens, including
citizens from CIS countries and without citizenship can enter Uzbekistan and
leave on the reasons of private and business affairs, as tourists, for rest,
study, work, treatment and on a permanent residence. Entry, entry-exit and
transit visas are issued by the consular officers. Multi-entry visas for the
period of one year are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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