A single Central Asian visa is an analogue to the Schengen visa

An analogue to the Schengen visa may be implemented in Central Asia. A document called ‘Silk Road’ will allow foreign tourists to travel freely from one country to another. Travellers have great opportunities to discover new countries of Central Asia. Both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan supported the idea of creating a single Central Asian visa.

AZIZ ABDUKHAKIMOV, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF UZBEKISTAN:

 - Both parties are actively working on this. A number of other countries located on the Silk Road are also interested in this project. We hope that in the future they will also be able to join such an agreement, adapting their legislation and information systems to requirements that allow mutual information exchange between our border guards.

GAUHAR ZHENISBEK, SENIOR STAFF, KAZAKH TOURISM:

 - Tourists visit several cities of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in a short period from 8 to 12 days. This is the most popular tour today. The cost without air travel ranges from US$500 to US$1,000. In fact, it is not very expensive.

According to a world-famous tourist website, nearly 30% of respondents are willing to come to the Central Asian region on one condition that there will be a possibility to visit several countries at once within the same tourist route.

 - It would be great to have a single visa in Central Asia. It will reduce the time of preparing documents and open a way to several countries at once.

 - I come from Ireland that’s my home country. When I was a young man I read about the Silk Road had a dream that one day I would be able to travel the Silk Road. I landed in Astana and spend some time in Astana. Then I went on by train to Almaty spent four or five days in Almaty, and then I went to Bishkek. People are very friendly and the architecture is amazing.

Kazakh bloggers and journalists have recognized the convenience of such trip. As part of the transnational tour, they managed to visit amazing historical sites of Uzbekistan and get acquainted with the rich nature of Kazakhstan. Organizers of the trip, particularly, representatives of the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports and Kazakh Tourism, said that the visa will also accelerate development of agro and ecotourism in the country.