Uzbekistan primarily plans to resume tourism with Asian countries

Uzbek authorities plan to resume tourism with countries where formed good situation with coronavirus – China, Japan and South Korea, said Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the state Committee on tourism development Aziz Abduxakimov.

On March 16, authorities have suspended passenger transport connections with other countries because of the threat of the spread of coronavirus. Due to quarantine measures stopped work more than 1,5 thousand of tour operators and 1.2 thousand hotels. The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoev was allowed to resume domestic tourism in regions with a prosperous situation COVID-19 June 1. He also instructed the government to establish a list of countries for the resumption of tourism.

"Japan, Republic of Korea, China — these countries can gradually restore international air transportation and to arrange a tour group to Uzbekistan," — said Abduxakimov in interview the Internet-edition gazeta.uz. According to him, these countries have either not recorded new cases of the coronavirus or its distribution is controlled by local medical and health services.

Abduxakimov reported that the authorities intend to introduce a system of "red", "yellow" and "green" flights by analogy with the levels of quarantine in the regions of Uzbekistan. "Countries with complex epidemiological situation will be carried out only "red" flights to evacuate our citizens," — said Deputy Prime Minister.

From countries with a medium level of epidemiological danger will occur "yellow" flights where all passengers will still be quarantined, and "green" — from countries where the situation of coronavirus is already fully under control, added Abduxakimov.

The Uzbek authorities until June 1, extended quarantine measures against the spread COVID-19, but on may 15, resumed work parks, museums and stadiums. 18 may recovered vehicle passenger communication between Tashkent and regions of the country. On may 8 all over the country began to operate quarantine regime with differentiation depending on the distribution to COVID-19: all regions are divided into zones — the red, the worst, "yellow", "green", free of the virus.

World health organization March 11 announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest who data, the world is already identified more than 6.1 million cases, more than 376 thousand people died. In Uzbekistan the number of reported cases increased to 3,769 thousand, 15 patients died, 2,908 thousand was recovered, 846 are on treatment.