Visa policy of Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan entry and exit stamps issued to a Singaporean national at Almaty International Airport

Visitors to Kazakhstan must obtain a visa from one of the Kazakh diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Kazakhstan
  Kazakhstan
  Visa exempt (90 days)
  Visa exempt (30 days)
  Visa exempt (14 days)
  Visa required

Visa free entry[edit]

Citizens of the following countries and territories can visit Kazakhstan without a visa:[1][2]

90 days

30 days

14 days

Notes

^ ID – May enter with a national ID card
^ IP – May enter with an internal passport

1 – up to 90 days within 180 day period
2 – up to 30 days, for a maximum total stay of 60 days within any 180 day period
3 – up to 30 days within 180 day period
4 – up to 30 days within year period

 Turkmenistan— residents of Balkan Region have visa free access to Atyrau Province and Mangystau Province for up to 5 days.[3]

Visa-free program

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa for stays of fewer than 30 days as part of a visa-free policy for countries with the large foreign direct investment in Kazakhstan's economy. The program was initially started on 15 July 2014 providing unilateral visa free access to 10 countries and in July 2015 it was further extended to a total of 19 countries and then to 43 in January 2017.[4][5][6][7] These countries are:

Visa replacement[edit]

Nationals of the following countries who hold valid tourist visas of Kyrgyzstan are able to visit the border districts of Almaty and Jambul regions of Kazakhstan within the validity of such visa: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.[15]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Only holders of diplomatic passports of Benelux, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Vatican City and holders diplomatic and service category passports of Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Israel, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia and United Arab Emirates[16] can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 90 days.
Only holders of diplomatic passports of Egypt, Poland and only holders of both diplomatic and service category passports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cuba, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Vietnam can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 30 days.

Visa not required for 30 days within 180 day period for holders of passport of United Nations (laissez passer).

Visa-free transit program[edit]

From 23 April 2018[17] to 1 January 2019 holders of passports issued by  India and  China do not require a visa for a 72-hour[18][19] stay if they are transiting through the following ports of entry, provided that they:

Future changes[edit]

Visa waiver agreements have already been signed with the following countries but are not yet ratified or applied:[20]

  •  Cuba – 30 days within year period for ordinary passports[21]
  •  Oman – 30 days for diplomatic, service and special passports[22][23]

In April 2018 it was announced that Kazakhstan plans to begin issuing electronic visas to citizens of eligible countries in July 2018.[24][25]

Pre-arranged visa on arrival[edit]

Pre-arranged visa for a stay of up to 1 month can be obtained on arrival for nationals arriving from a country without a Kazakh diplomatic mission. The fee is approximately US$80, and they must hold an invitation letter and obtain an approval from the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They must enter via one of the following ports of entry:[1]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Kazakhstan were from the following countries of nationality:[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Visa Regime of Kazakhstan with other countries". The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.  (in Russian)
  3. ^ "О ратификации Соглашения между Правительством Республики Казахстан и Правительством Туркменистана о взаимных поездках граждан - ИПС "Әділет"". adilet.zan.kz. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "The citizens of 83 countries to visit Kazakhstan without visas since 2017". primeminister.kz. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "New rules for Kazakhstan entry visas issuance to come into force on January 1, 2017". mfa.gov.kz. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Infographics Countries with 30 days visa-free regime on 1 January 2017". Archived from the original on 30 December 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "About introduction of amendments to the resolution of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan of January 21, 2012 No. 148 "About the approval of Rules of entrance and stay of immigrants in the Republic of Kazakhstan..."". egov.kz. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  8. ^ Under visa waiver agreement from 29 November 2014
  9. ^ Under visa waiver agreement from 10 March 2018
  10. ^ "О введении визового (разрешительного) порядка въезда граждан Латвийской, Эстонской и Литовской Республик на территорию Республики Казахстан - ИПС "Әділет"". adilet.zan.kz. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  11. ^ Was applied under visa waiver agreement between USSR and Hungary
  12. ^ Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Republic of Hungary about the order of mutual visa-free trips of citizens with diplomatic and service passports. See Article 7.3 (in Russian)
  13. ^ Was applied under visa waiver agreement between Cuba and USSR
  14. ^ "О ратификации Соглашения между Правительством Республики Казахстан и Правительством Республики Куба о порядке взаимных поездок граждан обоих государств - ИПС "Әділет"". adilet.zan.kz. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "Визовая информация /Visa Information – Кыргызская Республика". kyrgyzembassy.ru. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  16. ^ 30 days for special passports
  17. ^ https://vlast.kz/novosti/27720-grazdanam-indii-vremenno-otkryt-trehdnevnyj-bezvizovyj-rezim-pri-tranzite-cerez-kazahstan.html
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ "Визовый режим РК с другими государствами - Электронное правительство Республики Казахстан". egov.kz. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  21. ^ Kazakhstan, Cuba sign the agreement on visa-free trips
  22. ^ https://tengrinews.kz/zakon/pravitelstvo_respubliki_kazahstan_premer_ministr_rk/mejdunapodnyie_otnosheniya_respubliki_kazahstan/id-P1700000909/
  23. ^ Oman, Kazakhstan sign pact on visa exemption
  24. ^ Kazakhstan to start issuing electronic visas in 2018
  25. ^ [3]
  26. ^ Туризм Казахстана. 2.4 Количество посетителей по въездному туризму

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