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 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 for up to 90 days (unless otherwise noted):[1][2]

1 – up to 90 days within 180 day period
2 – up to 30 days
3 – up to 30 days, for a maximum total stay of 60 days within any 180 day period
4 – up to 30 days within 180 day period
5 – up to 30 days within year period
6 – up to 14 days

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

A visa-free agreement (30 days within year period) was signed with  Cuba in December 2015.[6] It is yet to be ratified.
Visa waiver protocol for ordinary passports was signed with  United Arab Emirates on 23 May 2017 and it is yet to come into force.[7][8]

Visa-free program[edit]

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.[9][10][11][12] 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.[13]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Only holders of diplomatic passports of Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Vatican City and only holders of both diplomatic and service/official passports of Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Israel, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Romania and Slovakia can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 90 days. Only holders of diplomatic passports of Egypt, Poland and Qatar and only holders of both diplomatic and service/official passports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cuba, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Pakistan, Philippines, 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 agreement for diplomatic passports was signed with Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands and for diplomatic and service/official passports with Sri Lanka. Visa waiver protocol for official and special passports was signed with United Arab Emirates and it is yet to come into force.[14]

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:[15]

Country 2015 2014 2013
 Uzbekistan 2,297,180 2,107,177 2,494,568
 Russia 1,646,568 1,757,721 1,780,574
 Kyrgyzstan 1,359,625 1,308,139 1,382,706
 Tajikistan 158,507 137,443 186,214
 China 111,706 228,617 205,066
 Turkey 106,301 104,986 92,070
 Ukraine 97,100 84,932 82,971
 Azerbaijan 89,296 83,174 112,617
 Germany 88,346 79,572 75,491
 Turkmenistan 69,230 66,938 47,711
Total 6,430,158 6,332,734 6,841,085

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Flightworx. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Visa regime of the Republic of Kazakhstan with other countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, 14 September 2016. (Russian)
  3. ^ О ратификации Соглашения между Правительством Республики Казахстан и Правительством Туркменистана о взаимных поездках граждан
  4. ^ About introduction of a visa (allowing) order of entrance of citizens of the Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian Republics on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  5. ^ Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Republic of Hungrary about the order of mutual visa-free trips of citizens with diplomatic and service passports. See Article 7.3 (in Russian)
  6. ^ Kazakhstan, Cuba sign the agreement on visa-free trips
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ The citizens of 83 countries to visit Kazakhstan without visas since 2017
  10. ^ New rules for Kazakhstan entry visas issuance to come into force on January 1, 2017
  11. ^ Infographics Countries with 30 days visa-free regime on 1 January 2017
  12. ^ 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..."
  13. ^
  14. ^ [3]
  15. ^ Туризм Казахстана. 2.4 Количество посетителей по въездному туризму

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