An article published on CNN Travel's American website highlights the reasons why Uzbekistan is considered the best travel destination in 2020. Among Uzbekistan’s greatest allurements are visa reforms, a rich culture and delicious national cuisine.
According to the authors Uzbekistan, previously not a popular destination among Western tourists, is gaining increased attention due to a well-preserved, sacred history that has developed in its territory over many millennia.
Uzbekistan, and Central Asia as a whole, is a region where the absence of crowds and typical tourist hype is keenly felt and appreciated. Moreover, Uzbekistan has now become more accessible to travelers: the government recently introduced a 30-day visa-free entry policy for citizens of 65 countries, as well as a simplified procedure for issuing visas for citizens of 77 countries.
Uzbekistan’s recognition on social networks is particularly noted, thanks to travel bloggers who have popularized the hashtags #VisitUzbekistan, #VisitTashkent, #VisitSamarkand and #TravelCentralAsia. Food bloggers have also broadcast what Uzbeks themselves have long known, that the country’s cuisine is flavorful, fresh and delicious.
CNN is not alone in its focus on Uzbekistan, pointing out in the article that it echoes the sentiments of other well-respected sources. Recently Lonely Planet named Uzbekistan, along with the rest of Central Asia, the No.1 region for travel in 2020, thanks to its new visa-free travel opportunities. The Economist declared Uzbekistan the most reformed nation of 2019, due largely to substantial government reforms. Indeed, the consensus is clear – there’s never been a more opportune time to visit Uzbekistan!