of August 20, 1999 No. 830-I
The purpose of this Law is legal regulation of the relations in the field of tourism, market development of tourist services, and also protection of the rights and legitimate interests of tourists and subjects of tourist activities.
The legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan on tourism consists of this Law and other acts of the legislation.
The relations in the field of tourism in the Republic of Karakalpakstan are governed also by the legislation of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.
If the international treaty of the Republic of Uzbekistan establishes other rules, than those which are stipulated by the legislation the Republic of Uzbekistan about tourism then are applied rules of the international treaty.
In this Law the following basic concepts are applied:
tourism - departure (travel) of physical person from the permanent residence for term no more than for one year in improving, cognitive, professional and business or other purposes without occupation paid activities in the place (country) of stay:
the tourist - the physical person performing travel (tourism) on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan or to other country;
tourist activities - activities for the organization of travel and the related services according to requirements of this Law and other acts of the legislation;
excursion activities - element of tourist activities for the organization of the excursions which are not exceeding 24 hours accompanied by the guide along previously constituted routes for the purpose of acquaintance with objects of cultural heritage and other objects;
tourist resources - set of climatic, improving, historical and cultural, cognitive and social objects of the corresponding territory;
subjects of tourist activities - the companies, organizations, the organizations registered in accordance with the established procedure and having license for activities, connected with provision of tourist services;
the tourist industry - set of the different subjects of tourist activities (hotels, tourist complexes, campings, motels, boarding houses, catering establishments, transport, cultural institutions, sport and others) providing servicing of tourists;
tour - the tourist travel along certain route to specific terms provided with complex of tourist services (booking, placement, food, transport, recreation, excursions and other services);
tourist services - services of subjects of tourist activities for placement, food, transport, information advertizing to servicing, and also other services directed to requirements satisfaction of the tourist;
the head of tourist group - the physical person who is the representative of the subject of tourist activities and acts from his name accompanies tourists, provides accomplishment of terms of the contract on provision of tourist services;
the guide (guide) - physical person which provides excursion and information, organizational services and the qualified help to participants of round within the contract for provision of tourist services;
the license for implementation of tourist activities - the special permission confirming the right of its owner to implementation of tourist activities;
the certificate - the document confirming quality of tourist services and their compliance to the specific standard or other regulating document.
The main directions of state policy in the field of tourism are:
tourism development and tourist industry;
providing the rights of citizens to rest, freedom of travel and other rights when making travel;
rational use and preserving tourist resources;
enhancement of the regulatory base in the field of tourism;
creation of conditions for tourism (excursions) of children, youth, disabled people and lower-income strata;
investment attraction in development of the tourist industry;
creation of equal opportunities in the market of tourist services for subjects of business activity;
safety of tourists, protection of their rights, legitimate interests and property;
organization and development of scientific providing sphere of tourism;
preparation, retraining and advanced training of personnel;
development of cooperation with foreign countries and international organizations.
The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the field of tourism:
approves the state program of tourism development;
establishes procedure for licensing of tourist activities;
determines the objects and the territories prohibited for visit by tourists;
determines procedure for provision of privileges to separate categories of tourists;
signs intergovernmental agreements;
resolves other issues according to the legislation.
Authorized state body in the field of tourism:
provides implementation of state programs of tourism development;
creates infrastructure of tourist services;
will organize broad promotion of historical and cultural heritage, preserving and development of tourist potential;
provides accomplishment of international treaties of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
represents the interests of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the international tourism organizations;
gives to subjects of tourist activities methodical and other help in the questions connected with the organization of their activities;
resolves other issues according to the legislation.
Public authorities on places in the field of tourism are developed and realize regional development programs of tourism and resolve other issues according to the legislation.
Tourist activities are performed based on the license.
The procedure for licensing of tourist activities is established by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Tourist activities are performed for the account:
own means of subjects of tourist activities;
money contributions of legal entities and physical persons;
borrowed funds (bonded and other loans, bank and other loans);
other sources which are not prohibited by the legislation.
Tourist services are subject to obligatory certification.
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