The UNWTO has welcomed Azerbaijanīs
implementation of a new e-visa system streamlining visa
applications into an electronic format, aimed to attract more
international tourists into the country.
The electronic visa
system was administered upon the
decree of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, to facilitate
visa procedures for foreigners traveling to the country.
measure not only enables document facilitation and reduction of visa costs,
but also processing times.
ďAzerbaijanís decision is the
recognition of how visa facilitation can be a key measure to
promote tourism in a country. This new system encourages travel to
Azerbaijan and will lead to further development of the countryīs
tourism sector through the increase of international tourism
flows,Ē said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
Currently, there are 25 travel companies operating in the country
that are authorized to issue e-visas to international tourists,
and initiatives are being undertaken to increase this number.
Concurrent with the implementation of the system, border
checkpoints will be improved in line with the Heydar Aliyev
International Airport in Baku to ease entrance of international
tourists into Azerbaijan.
Visa facilitation is
a key measure to promote tourism growth and its impact on
economic growth and job creation.
A UNWTO/WTTC report prepared for the G20
shows that the implementation of visa facilitation measures among
the G20 economies could generate as much as an 5.1 million jobs
and extra US$ 200 million extra in exports from international
tourism between 2013 and 2015.
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