Tour operators and travel agents in Uzbekistan will be able to work only on the basis of a license issued by an authorized government agency. This provision is contained in the new edition of the Law on Tourism, which was signed by the President of the country Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Note that the previous version of the law was dated 1999. The document comes into force after three months from the date of publication.
At the same time, the law determines the main directions of state policy in the field of tourism. Among them are the development of this sphere as a strategic sector of the country’s economy, creating the necessary conditions for the development of domestic tourism, attracting investments, increasing the image of Uzbekistan as a country attractive for tourism, stimulating the development of tourist zones and tourist clusters.
At the same time, individuals – individual entrepreneurs offering excursions around Uzbekistan are still not subject to licensing. Guides (guides-translators), tour guides and instructors-guides can provide services independently as individuals, or on the basis of employment contracts with legal entities after receiving the appropriate certificate. Tour operators and travel agencies will have to attend to the license.
Note that in Russia at the moment no additional documents are needed to work as a travel agency and there is no threshold for entering this market. As a result, many one-day (seasonal agencies) work as travel agents.