Last Friday, Uzbekistan announced that Germans can now visit their country and stay for up to 30 days, visa-free to boost tourism. Uzbekistan was formerly a Soviet country and is emerging from long-term isolation. Uzbekistan first made this visa-free waiver to France and Germany is the second country in the EU to be getting the offer. Since the demise of its high-handed leader, Islam Karimov in 2016, who ruled the country for many years, Uzbekistan has gradually begun to open up. Citizens of Germany will be able to enter the country without a visa starting January 15, 2019. This announcement came after three months when they announced France's visa-free waiver. The central Asian country has been subjected to years of impoverishment and hugely depends on commodity exports. But recently, the country has been paying attention to tourism and has made it a priority to develop the sector. There are sights in the country that the government is keen to show off. For instance, some Uzbekistani cities like Bukhara, Samarkand, and Khiva have a heritage of lavish silk roads.
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