Wednesday, June 27, 2012 -
Uzbek citizens attempting to travel to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will now need exit visas to do so, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on Thursday.
While Uzbek citizens need an exit visa to travel to most foreign countries, the Uzbek government had stipulated that travel to partner countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
However, Uzbek nationals are now not allowed to travel to neighboring Tajikistan and Turkmenistan without the documents.
Exit visas were used during the Soviet Union to regulate the foreign travel of its citizens. Uzbekistan has kept this ordinance, along with many other aspects of Soviet rule.
According to media run by the Uzbek government, the regulations on travel to the two Central Asian states were imposed on June 1. However, no official announcement was made.