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VISA REGIMES AND REGULATORY DOCUMENTS AS AN OBSTACLE FOR TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN CENTRAL ASIA

Introduction ........................................................................................... 234 Getting into Central Asia Problem ........................................................ 236 Consequences of Visa Policy in the Central Asian Countries ............... 237 Traveling in Central Asia without a Visa .............................................. 238 Complications in Acquiring Visas for Central Asia .............................. 241 Registration Processes as an Obstacle to Tourism in Central Asia ........................................................................................... 248 Further Bureaucracy and Barriers to Foreign and Domestic Tourism ................................................................................................. 252 Conclusion ............................................................................................ 256 Keywords .............................................................................................. 257 References ............................................................................................. 257

INTRODUCTION

The Central Asian area has been unjustly neglected by global tourism and is home to a wide variety of medieval historical monuments, as well as great natural beauty. At the same time, it forms a traditional meeting place for people of varying nationalities and for the mutual exchange of labor and goods, serving as a center for transit trading between Eastern and Southern Asia on the one hand, and the Near East, Northern Asia and Europe, on the other. Indeed, a number of tourist attractions could hardly have come into existence without the presence of waves of migration and transit trading.