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Tashkent (NITN): Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has announced that tourists from 45 countries will be able to visit Uzbekistan visa free, effective from February 1, 2019.
This is the latest in a series of reforms designed to stimulate the Central Asian country’s tourism development, as Mirziyoyev identified tourism and foreign investment as the two priorities for his term when he came to power in December 2016.
Initiatives including the introduction of e-visas in June 2018 have already resulted in an increase in foreign tourist numbers from 2.6 million in 2017 to 5.3 million in 2018. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs anticipates significant further growth in 2019.
National carrier Uzbekistan Airways will take delivery of two new Airbus A320neos and three new Boeing 787 Dreamliners in spring 2019, increasing its capacity on long haul international routes and enabling it to add new destinations. The airline already provides direct flights between London Heathrow and Tashkent, and expects to add a second UK airport to its network this summer.
From February 1, 2019, the following countries will be able to enter Uzbekistan visa free for up to 30 days:
Andorra, Canada, Iceland, Mongolia, San Marino, Argentina, Chile, Ireland, Montenegro, Serbia, Australia, Croatia, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Norway, Spain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Brazil, Finland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland, Brunei Darussalam, Greece, Malta, Republic of Cyprus, United Kingdom Bulgaria Hungary Monaco Romania, and Vatican City.
Nationals of France, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Turkey were granted visa free access in 2018. Germans will have visa free access from January 15, 2019.
President Mirziyoyev’s 5 January decrees also stated that:
- The existing e-visa scheme will be extended to cover the nationals of 76 countries, and will allow for double and multiple entries;
- New visa categories will be created for pilgrims, students, academics, and for medical tourism, and will be available within one month;
- Hotels must offer accommodation “regardless of the place of residence, citizenship, kinship and marital relations of individuals, as well as other factors that restrict the right to privacy.” This removes restrictions on unmarried couples;
- A list of prohibited sites (i.e. those of security concern) will be published on or before February 1, and clearly marked with signs. Tourists may photograph and film all unmarked sites without restriction.
December 27 (TravelAndy): SpiceJet has launched eight new direct flights between Hyderabad and three cities – Kolkata, Pune, and Coimbatore – from January 1, 2019.
While the Pune and Coimbatore routes will get two flights each, the Kolkata-Hyderabad route will get four flights. Also, the option for a same day return trip to and from Kolkata could benefit business travellers.
Speaking of the new flights, Shilpa Bhatia, chief sales and revenue manager, SpiceJet, said, “Hyderabad is an important market for us and we are delighted to connect the city even better. The city, famous for its delectable cuisine and tourism, is also an IT hub. Our two new flights from the city to Kolkata offers same day travel option which will benefit thousands of flyers who frequent the city for business thereby boosting the state’s growth prospects.”
July 6 (TravelAndy): A direct flight will start operating between Western Australia and Tasmania from September.
Virgin Australia will operate the flight.
The Perth to Hobart service will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
According to the National Visitor Survey in Australia, around 41,300 Tasmanians visit WA each year and this figure is set to grow with the direct air link. Continue reading Perth-Hobart direct flight from September
June 13 (TravelAndy): The first ever direct flight between Scotland and China has landed at Edinburgh Airport.
The four-weekly, year-round service with Hainan Airlines from Beijing Capital International Airport is Scotland’s first connection to the Far East.
It is a major boost for tourism in Scotland and increases business links with the Far East, both of which will benefit the Scottish economy. Continue reading Hainan Airlines operates first direct China-Scotland flight
June 9 (TravelAndy): Avianca started four weekly direct flights from Boston to the airline’s hub in Bogota, Colombia, offering travelers 960 seats per week.
This new service operates four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday on the Bogota – Boston route, and on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday on the Boston – Bogota route.
“With this new addition to our route network, Avianca becomes the first and only airline to directly join Boston with Bogota and vice versa, connecting travelers coming from the State of Massachusetts to the main capitals in Latin America,” said Hernan Rincon, president of Avianca. Continue reading Avianca starts Boston-Bogota direct flights
April 4 (TravelAndy): Budget airline AirAsia has announced to start a direct flight between Pontianak in Indonesia and Kuching in Malaysia from June 5, 2017.
This will mark the airline’s first direct flight route between Indonesia and Kuching.
At present, AirAsia flies only one flight from Pontianak to Malaysia — to the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading AirAsia to fly Pontianak-Kuching direct from June 5
December 18 (TravelAndy): Indonesia’s flagship carrier, Garuda Indonesia, has started the first direct flight between India and Indonesia.
The thrice-a-week flight operates between Mumbai and Jakarta with a stopover in Bangkok on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Garuda, a member of the Skyteam airline alliance, operates a Boeing 737 on this route. Continue reading First direct flight between India & Indonesia
November 17 (TravelAndy): Indian carrier, Jet airways has announced a limited period sale on its domestic network with tickets starting from INR1099.
Tickets under this offer can be booked till November 19, 2016, midnight, for a travel period commencing on and after December 1, 2016.
To avail this discount tickets must be purchased at least 15 days prior to the journey date, said the airline. Continue reading Jet Airways offers tickets from INR1099
October 25 (TravelAndy): Air India Express will start direct flights between Kozhikode in South India’s Kerala state and Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, from December 2.
The four-times-a-week flight will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The flight will depart from Kozhikode at 09.15 and reach Riyadh at 11.45. On its return journey, the flight will leave Riyadh at 13.15 and arrive in Kozhikode at 20.45, said the airline. Continue reading Air India Express Kozhikode-Riyadh from Dec 2
September 25 (TravelAndy): India’s low cost airline, SpiceJet is set to start a daily direct flight between New Delhi and Jodhpur in Rajasthan, from October 30.
The flight will depart from Delhi at 12.50 and reach Jodhpur at 14.05. On its return, the flight will leave Jodhpur at 14.25 and reach Delhi at 15.55, said the airline.
Jodhpur will become the third destination served by the airline in Rajasthan state. Continue reading SpiceJet to fly Delhi-Jodhpur from Oct 30
September 6 (TravelAndy): Vistara is offering discounts with one-way all-inclusive fares starting from INR949.
Booking under this offer is available from September 6 to September 10, for travel between September 12 to September 30, said the airline.
The lowest fare of INR949 is available on the Jammu-Srinagar route. Continue reading Vistara offers tickets from INR949
August 26 (TravelAndy): Indian budget carrier SpiceJet is offering discounts with one way all-inclusive tickets starting from INR877.
Booking under this scheme is open till August 27, midnight, for a travel period of August 25-September 30, 2016, said the airline.
This offer is applicable only on direct flights. Continue reading SpiceJet offers tickets from INR877