The first half of 2023 has witnessed a significant influx of foreign citizens seeking medical treatment in Uzbekistan, State Statistics Committee reported on August 17. This surge in medical tourism highlights the country's emerging reputation as a destination for not only leisure trave
Rising medical tourism
In the span of six months, Uzbekistan has seen a remarkable influx of 32,200 foreign citizens who traveled to the country specifically for medical treatment. This number underscores the growing prominence of Uzbekistan as a healthcare destination, drawing in individuals from various corners of the world seeking specialized medical services.
Tourism beyond leisure
Uzbekistan's appeal extends beyond traditional tourism, as evidenced by the diverse travel goals of the foreign citizens visiting the country. Of the 3.1 mn foreign visitors to Uzbekistan in the first half of 2023, 2.6 mn came for the purpose of attending to relatives, suggesting strong familial connections within the nation.
The motivations behind foreign citizens' visits in January-June 2023 are:
Visiting of relatives: The primary reason for foreign visits was to attend to relatives, accounting for a substantial portion of the total arrivals. This underlines the importance of family ties and the cultural significance of maintaining connections.
Recreation: Uzbekistan's cultural and historical attractions continue to attract tourists, with 339 thousand individuals visiting for recreational purposes. The country's rich heritage and vibrant landscapes contribute to its allure.
Medical treatment: The surge in visitors seeking medical treatment, numbering 32.2 thousand, underscores the improving reputation of Uzbekistan's healthcare facilities. This figure also suggests that the nation's medical services have gained international recognition for their quality and affordability.
Commercial activities: Commercial interests brought 23 thousand foreigners to Uzbekistan, reflecting the nation's growing economic relevance and potential for business partnerships.
Study purposes: Around 5,000 individuals arrived for study-related activities, signifying the country's appeal as an educational destination.
Uzbekistan's attractiveness for medical tourism can be attributed to a combination of factors, including well-equipped medical facilities, skilled healthcare professionals, and competitive pricing. The rise in foreign citizens seeking medical treatment reflects positively on the nation's efforts to enhance its healthcare infrastructure and services.