The coronavirus outbreak has stimulated unprecedented trend variations in global tourism. Popular travel destinations, which are hardest hit by the virus, are increasingly losing tourists, while relatively isolated areas are witnessing a boost in touristry owing to low case numbers. In a bid to reignite, and possibly increase the number of annual sightseers, Uzbekistan has extended generous insurance to potential tourists: if travellers catch COVID-19 while holidaying in Uzbekistan, the Central Asian Republic will handsomely compensate them.
Uzbekistan Promises To Bear Medical Expenses If Travellers Catch COVID-19 While Visiting The Country
If holidaymakers contract COVID-19 while they are within Uzbek borders, they can receive up to $4,370 to cover the cost of medical bills at a local hospital. Uzbekistan's tourism ambassador to the UK, Sophie Ibbotson, suggests that accessible healthcare will buoy up voyagers to visit the doubly landlocked country, yielding profuse tourism revenue for the nation.
Ibbotson is always confident about Uzbek’s safety and hygiene measures, which are being carefully curated and implemented to protect the population from the lethal virus.
"We want to reassure tourists they can come to Uzbekistan, 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," says Ibboston
Low COVID-19 Tolls Make Uzbekistan A Safe Travel Destination
Uzbekistan has comparatively avoided the pandemic’s detrimental rampage. The country of 33 million has recorded only 8031 cases and 22 deaths, becoming one of the safest countries to visit amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Uzbekistan is known for its rich heritage, there are several ancient cities that line the Silk Road, and the blue and golden mosques and palaces have a reputation for dazzling travellers.
Uzbekistan had opened its airspace and borders to tourers about two weeks ago. But at the moment, only visitors from China, Japan, South Korea and Israel are being admitted freely. If excursionists want to claim the tourism health benefits in Uzbekistan, they must align themselves with a local-guide led tour group, as independent trippers are not entitled to the compensation.
Uzbekistan’s decision to offer incentives to travellers during the coronavirus pandemic comes after several similar moves to restore tourism. The government in Cyprus, for instance, has declared that it will pay the vacation costs of anyone infected with COVID-19 while visiting the country.