CIS countries plan to create a single visa area of the Central Asian States, according to ORIENT news Agency.
This is due to the fact that in ancient times the Great silk road passed through the territory of the Central Asian States, and now on the world market all tourist products associated with this historical phenomenon are in high demand.
The issue of creating a single tourist visa "silk road" for the Central Asian States was discussed at a meeting of the CIS tourism Council in Dushanbe.
As the head of the tourism Committee of the Ministry of culture and sports of Kazakhstan Mainyur Murzamadiev said, at first the visa "silk road" will operate on the territory of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The Kazakh authorities expect that Uzbekistan will decide to support the initiative to create a visa "silk road" by the end of this year. Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are also studying the initiative. Finally, the creation of a single visa regime for Central Asia will be discussed at the next meeting of the CIS tourism Council, which will be held in Samarkand in 2019.
The need to create a Central Asian Schengen dictates life itself. The tourism industry is booming all over the world. And tourism associated with the great Silk road, is experiencing a rise twice. One of the most interesting from the tourist point of view sections of this route passes through Central Asia. And so it is quite natural that many tourists want to see the sights of the countries of this region at once, in a single tour. To apply for a visa to each country in a single journey – not the most rational decision. The only way out in this situation is to introduce a single visa, following the example of the Schengen visa. The development of tourism in Europe shows that this approach is successful.