- Uzbekistan is reopening to travellers, and it’s giving any visitor who gets infected $US3,000.
- In order to receive compensation, travellers must book their trip with a local tour guide.
- However, the country is only open to tourists from low-risk countries without a quarantine requirement, like China, Israel, Japan, and South Korea.
- Travellers from the UK and Europe are required to quarantine for 14 days.
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Uzbekistan is confident travellers won’t get the coronavirus when they visit.
Over 33 million people live in the country, but with its swift lockdown approach, the country had just 19 reported coronavirus-related deaths.
In fact, it’s so confident that the country launched the “Safe Travel Guaranteed” campaign, which offers visitors $US3,000 if they get infected with the virus while travelling in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the decree on Tuesday. The $US3,000 is the estimated cost of medical care to treat the coronavirus in the country.
“We want to reassure tourists they can come to Uzbekistan,” Sophie Ibbotson, Uzbekistan’s tourism ambassador to the UK, said in a statement. “The government is so confident that the new safety and hygiene measures being implemented across the tourism sector will protect tourists from COVID-19 that the president is prepared to put money where his mouth is: If you get COVID-19 on holiday in Uzbekistan, we will compensate you.”
However, there are a few caveats.
In order to receive the $US3,000, travellers must explore the country with a local tour guide.
Local tour guides, accommodations, and tourist sites will be required to receive a certification from the government that shows they are following safety and sanitary guidelines.
So far, the country has announced it’s open to visitors from low-risk countries, like China, Israel, Japan, and South Korea. Travellers from the UK and Europe are required to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive, according to Lonely Planet.
This is all in an effort to increase tourism for a country that was experiencing a growing tourism sector. Last year, Uzbekistan was named the fourth fastest-growing tourism market, according to the UN’s World Tourism Organisation.
This isn’t the first incentive a country has issued to encourage travel. The Italian island of Sicily announced it will pay for half your flights and a third of your hotel costs if you visit, and Cancun is offering to pay for half of your hotel costs.
Other countries have taken the opposite approach. For example, Cambodia announced that it will require travellers to make a $US3,000 deposit to cover costs in the case that they get the coronavirus.
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- Cambodia is asking visitors to put down a $US3,000 deposit that would cover coronavirus costs and even their funeral
- The Italian island of Sicily is offering to pay for half your flights and a third of your hotel costs if you visit later this year
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